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Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:00

Bunions, a prevalent foot deformity, are characterized by a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe. Contrary to common belief, bunions are not merely a cosmetic issue but can cause discomfort and affect mobility. One essential fact about bunions is their tendency to develop gradually over time, often due to structural issues in the foot, such as flat feet or abnormal bone alignment. Additionally, wearing ill-fitting shoes, particularly those with narrow toe boxes, can exacerbate bunion development or worsen existing symptoms. Individuals with bunions may experience pain, swelling, redness, and restricted movement in the affected toe. Despite popular misconceptions, bunions cannot be permanently corrected through nonsurgical means. However, conservative measures such as wearing supportive footwear, and using orthotic inserts can help alleviate symptoms and slow the progression of the deformity. For severe cases causing significant pain or hindering daily activities, surgical intervention may be necessary to realign the affected joint and provide lasting relief from bunions. If you have a bunion, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.


  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development


  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Valatie and Albany, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Preventing falls in the workplace is essential in ensuring the safety and well-being of employees. Falls can occur in any work environment, from construction sites to office buildings, and can result in serious injuries or even fatalities. Implementing proactive measures to mitigate fall risks is vital. This includes maintaining clean and clutter-free walkways, promptly addressing spills or slippery surfaces, and ensuring proper lighting in all areas of the workplace. Employers should also provide appropriate training on fall prevention techniques and the proper use of safety equipment such as harnesses, guardrails, and non-slip footwear. Regular inspections of equipment and work areas can help identify and address potential hazards before accidents occur. Encouraging open communication between management and employees regarding safety concerns fosters a culture of awareness and accountability. Falling can impact the feet, and may compromise completing daily activities. If you have injured one or both feet during your workday, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can treat any foot condition you may have endured.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Valatie and Albany, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 12 April 2024 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, or TTS, is a condition characterized by compression of the tibial nerve as it travels through the tarsal tunnel, located on the inner side of the ankle beneath the ankle bone. This compression leads to various symptoms affecting the foot and ankle. Diagnosis of TTS involves a thorough examination by a podiatrist, including a detailed medical history and physical assessment. Common symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome include tingling, burning, or shooting pain along the inner ankle and the sole of the foot. Some individuals may experience numbness or weakness in the affected area, which can worsen with prolonged standing or walking. As the condition progresses, symptoms may intensify, impacting daily activities and overall quality of life. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Valatie and Albany, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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