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Lumps On The Bottom Of The Foot

Footworks column September 2011 By Alexandra Buk, DPM Lumps On The Bottom Of The Foot A few months ago we reviewed the most common mass found at the top of the foot: the ganglion cyst. Today we turn our attention to the bottom of the foot, where the two most common benign tumors found are […]

“I Have A Knot On The Top Of My Foot!”

Footworks June 2011 By Alexandra Buk, DPM “I Have A Knot On The Top Of My Foot!” Few medical problems are as disconcerting, and worrisome, to patients as “lumps”, cysts or masses under the skin. In fact, I try to avoid the word “tumor” as much as possible when referring to soft tissue masses because […]

Show Your Toes: Summer switch from socks, shoes to sandals, flip-flops

By Dr Alexandra Buk With summer upon us, many of us are ready to shed those heavy shoes and socks and switch to sandals and flip-flops. But over the winter months, corns and callouses may have developed on our feet and toes. See also the Doctor’s article about sandals from last summer. Corns and callouses […]

Recognizing Charcot Foot

Footworks April 2011 By Alexandra Buk, DPM Recognizing Charcot Foot Charcot foot is a degenerative disease that most often affects those 50 and older, as well as those who have had diabetes for more than 20 years. This condition affects the joints of the feet. It is associated with nerve damage that results in the […]

The Rocker Sole Revolution: Do Toning Shoes Really Deliver?

Footworks Dec 2010 By Dr Alexandra Buk The Rocker Sole Revolution: Do Toning Shoes Really Deliver? The latest mega-trend in walking shoes has become a resounding commercial success. The rocker-sole, or so-called toning shoe, includes such brands as Skechers Shape-ups, MBT and Reebok EasyTone. The shoes promise to be more comfortable than traditional athletic shoes. […]

Hallux Rigidus: a disorder of the joint located at the base of the big toe

Footworks – May 2010 By Dr Alexandra Buk Each day, with every step you take, your big toe bears a tremendous amount of stress- a force equal to about twice your body weight. Most of us don’t realize exactly how much we use our big toe. We tend to take it for granted, unless a […]

Winterize Your Feet: Cold Weather Tips For Your Feet

Footworks February 2010 Dr Alexandra Buk Dry Skin and Winter Itch Colder temperatures each winter bring many Americans one big problem: dry, cracked skin. Those itchy, dry patches are nature’s way of letting us know that the outer layer of our skin, made up of dead skin cells, natural oils and lipids (fats), needs help. […]

Sesamoid Injuries in the Foot

Footworks January 2010 By Dr Alexandra Buk What is Sesamoid? A sesamoid is a bone imbedded in a tendon. Sesamoids are found in several joints in the body. The largest is the kneecap, or patella, which is a sesamoid bone imbedded in the quadriceps tendon at the knee. In the foot, the sesamoids are two […]

Diabetes and Your Feet

Footworks November 2009 By Dr Alexandra Buk Diabetes is a serious disease that can develop from the lack of insulin production in the body or due to the inability of the body’s insulin to perform its normal, everyday functions. Insulin is a substance produced from the pancreas gland that helps process the food we eat […]

What Is A Tailor’s Bunion?

Footworks September 2009 By Dr Alexandra Buk What is a Tailor’s Bunion? Tailors bunion, also called a bunionette, is an enlargement of the fifth metatarsal bone at the base of the little toe. The metatarsals are the five long bones of the foot. The enlargement that characterizes a tailor’s bunion occurs at the metatarsal “head,” […]

Summer Foot Safety

Footworks July 2009 What To Do About Splinters The warm, sunny weather is an invitation for us to shed our shoes and socks and run barefoot. But doing so can be risky since running or walking can lead to problems for your feet. Needles, broken glass, small tacks, hairs, or splinters of wood can be […]

What Is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Footworks May 2009 By Alexandra Buk, DPM The tarsal tunnel, or tarsal canal, is a narrow space that lies on the inside of the ankle next to the ankle bones. The tunnel is covered with a thick ligament (the flexor retinaculum) that protects and maintains the structures contained within the tunnel-arteries, veins, tendons, and nerves. […]

Do Arches Really Fall?

Footworks December 2008 By Dr Alexandra Buk Many adults complain of having painful feet due to “fallen arches.” But is it true that years of wear and tear on the feet can actually cause arches to flatten over time? Flatfoot in adults is a complex disorder, with varying symptoms and degrees of severity. Although there […]

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