According to Priya Parthasarathy, DPM, a bunion specialist and spokeswoman for the American Podiatric Medical Association, “A bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe — the metatarsophalangeal (MP) joint — that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place.” As the movement forces the toe to bend toward the others, an often painful, prominent bump is formed. 
Dr. Priya Parthasarathy
For a remedy you can do in your sleep (literally), Dr. Parthasarathy says that wearing a bunion splint at night can stretch out the tightened ligaments and provide relief during the day. “I tell my patients that you will either love these products or hate them, but it is definitely worth a try,” says Parthasarathy.
Source: Dominique Pariso, New York Magazine [7/11/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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Shelly Garrow, DPM is a podiatrist at Step Ahead Podiatry in Palm Bay was recently interviewed. Q: Why did you go into this career? A: "I chose podiatry because it offers diversity in practice. You have both medicine and surgery." 
Dr. Shelly Garrow
Q: What makes this area of medicine fulfilling for you? A: Healing a diabetic wound and saving a foot. Diabetic wounds are difficult as often these patients have other health issues such as poor circulation and little to no feeling in the foot, making it much harder to heal their wounds. One of the other great things about podiatry is oftentimes, even on the first visit, relief of pain can be provided."
Source: Wayne T. Price, Florida Today  
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News
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Sneakers are cooler than ever, but wearing your most fashionable pair to pound the pavement could set you up for blisters at best, and injury at worst. "Fitness levels, age, and foot type can make whatever is appropriate for your feet different from what your friend wears," says New York City-based podiatrist Jacqueline Sutera, DPM, who notes that flat feet require more structured, motion-controlling sneakers, while arched feet need more support and cushioning.
Source: Jenna Autuori Dedic, Cosmopolitan
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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As America’s epidemic of obesity continues, Type 2 diabetes has become so common that it’s easy to forget how serious a disease it is. When habits don’t change, when blood sugar control is spotty, when patients have had diabetes for many years, diabetes can lead to heart attacks and strokes, kidney disease and blindness. But even for people who have witnessed its ravages in family members, there’s something about an amputation that really brings home how insidiously destructive diabetes is.
Dr. Jane Pontious
Doctors said amputation patients need better education and more care, but the complexity of their lives often gets in the way. Jane Pontious, DPM, a podiatrist and professor at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, said some of her patients struggle with paying bills, buying food, or finding a place to live. Some have addictions. "They're trying to survive," she said. "Sometimes they don't get here right away." Sometimes, she said, she doesn't see them until "they get blood on their socks, they smell something, or they don't feel good. That's very common."
Source: Stacey Burling, Associated Press [7/6/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.


Fungi love dark, damp places, so your feet are especially vulnerable to fungal infection, says Rebecca Sundling, doctor of podiatric medicine, a spokeswoman for the American Podiatric Medical Association, and a podiatrist at Northwood Foot and Ankle Center in Holland, MI. Both toenail fungus and foot fungus are very common, and both can be caused by the same organism. However, they aren’t the same condition, and they are treated differently, she explains. Toenail fungus is a fungal infection in the toenail. It happens when a fungus — anything from mold to yeast to other types of fungus — gets in the nail bed from a cut or break in the nail or repetitive trauma to the nail, and penetrates the nail itself, says Dr. Sundling.
Dr. Rebecca Sundling
A foot fungus is a fungal infection of the skin, better known as athlete’s foot, says Sundling. The fungus enters through cracks in the skin. It’s known as athlete’s foot because athletes or anyone who is more active and sweats a lot is more at risk. Kids are also more at risk, because they don’t tend to wear different shoes, and changing your shoes is one way to avoid foot fungus.
Source: Marie Suszynski, Everyday Health [7/8/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.


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