Articles about shoes

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 […]

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. […]

Summer Foot Care and Sandal Tips

By Dr Alexandra Buk Summertime is here, and so are the sunny days splashing in pools, boating, fishing and relaxing by the lake. As many outdoor enthusiasts know, summer can cause some extra wear and tear on the body. Educated consumers usually protect themselves by purchasing sunscreen, lip balms, and sunglasses. But many of us […]

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 […]

Healing The Diabetic Foot Ulcer: New Hope

By Dr Alexandra Buk A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that most commonly occurs on the bottom of the foot in approximately 15% of patients with diabetes. Of those who develop a foot ulcer, 6% will be hospitalized due to infection or other ulcer-related complications. Diabetes is the leading cause of […]

There Is Hope For Heel Pain

By Alexandra Buk, D.P.M. “I have heel pain” is a comment that I, as a podiatric Physician, hear every day. Patients complain that their heels and arches ache when they get out of bed in the morning, or after they’ve been sitting for a while and get back on their feet again. Heel pain, most […]

All About Achilles

By Dr Alexandra Buk The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body, and it is located in one of the most overused and under-appreciated body parts – the foot. Because the foot is subjected to great amounts of stress every day (while walking the pressure on each foot can be twice normal body […]

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 […]

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 […]

Treating Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the soft tissue of nail grooves, often leading to irritation, redness and swelling. Toenails usually grow straight out. However, sometimes one or both corners or sides curve and grow into the flesh. The big toe is the most likely victim, but other toes can […]

Sandal Savvy

Here are a few tips on finding and fitting those hot weather sandals: Shop for your sandals at midday or towards evening. Feet tend to swell during the day, so it makes sense to fit new footwear when your feet are at their largest. Don’t just put on one shoe when testing. Put them both […]

Corns – More Than Just Skin Deep

Like many recurring conditions, corns are often ignored as a “skin problem.” But left untreated, corns can progress to a painful and chronic condition. A corn is a circular area of thick skin caused by friction on non-weight bearing areas of the foot. The lesions most commonly form over enlarged joints on the toes, particularly […]

Healthy Holiday Feet

Long hours of holiday shopping, standing in line at the post office and rushing to and from parties can be as tough on your feet as it is on the rest of you. Make the holidays a lot gentler on your feet by following these health care tips: Wear shoes that are comfortable, cushioned and […]

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