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How a Better Pair of Shoes Can Prevent Ankle Sprains Jun 4th, 2024

The one drawback to being physically active — especially if you're an athlete — is an increased risk for ankle sprains, as each year, about 2 million ankles get sprained in the United States. If you’ve already had a sprained ankle, you certainly don’t want another one. Not only are...

Does Toenail Fungus Resolve on Its Own? May 1st, 2024

Millions of Americans know what it’s like to have fungal nails spoil their pedicure. But did you know that toenail fungus (onychomycosis) can eventually cause pain and other complications, mainly if it spreads from your nails to your skin? Diagnosing and treating toenail fungus is one of our specialties at...

How Soon Can I Drive After Breaking My Foot? Apr 10th, 2024

When you first break your foot, it’s pretty clear you won’t be running marathons soon or even taking a stroll around the block. You probably need crutches, a cast, and a brace to give your foot the time off it needs. Even though you can’t join the foot traffic, you...

Those Pointy High Heels May Be the Cause of Your Morton’s Neuroma Mar 19th, 2024

Shoes do a lot for us. They can protect our feet, lessening our worry of cuts and infection. But shoes also have an enormous impact on how our feet hit the ground and how our weight is distributed. High-quality footwear, which offers a lot of cushioning and support for the...

3 Ankle Sprain Grades and How to Treat Them Feb 1st, 2024

You stepped off a curb and the ground was further away than you thought; you stumbled while chasing after your toddler or pet; or maybe you were playing your favorite sport and pivoted a little too fast. Now your ankle is sprained — so what do you do about it?...

Tips for Preventing Hammertoe Jan 17th, 2024

Hammertoes are a foot deformity in which your toes curve under, like the head of a hammer, rather than laying straight. Approximately 29.5 million women and men in the United States, or 9% of the population, suffer from hammertoes. An involuntary contracture of the toe joint causes hammertoe. At Cortez...

What You Eat Can Affect Your Feet: What You Need to Know About Gout Dec 6th, 2023

When thinking about food and health, weight and heart health may come to mind way before feet. But what you eat affects every part of your body, including your feet. This is especially true for people with gout, a very painful form of arthritis that usually affects the joint at...

Diabetic Foot Care Tips for Travelers: Keeping Your Feet Healthy on the Go Nov 17th, 2023

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. It’s also the start of the holiday travel season. To help you prepare for both, the board-certified podiatrists at Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists offer the following pro tips to help ensure safe travels for you — and your feet.  Before taking off Whether you’re...

Yes, There Is a Connection Between HPV and Foot Warts Oct 17th, 2023

Plantar warts, sometimes called verrucas, are a fleshy growth that develops on your feet, primarily on the soles and bottoms of the toes. Warts aren’t inherently dangerous, but they may cause discomfort when you put your weight on them. At Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists, with offices in Bradenton, Sarasota,...

How to Get Rid of Corns and Calluses and Prevent Them From Returning Sep 2nd, 2023

Corns and calluses, though often considered minor foot issues, can cause significant pain and discomfort. The board-certified podiatrists at Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists understand the importance of healthy feet. Here, they break down everything you need to know about treating corns and calluses and prevent them from returning. Understanding Corns and Calluses Corns...

How to Prevent and Treat Shin Splints Aug 10th, 2023

Shin splints can cause acute, disabling pain, which is bad enough if you don’t play sports competitively, but can completely derail your progress toward your goals if you’re a serious athlete.  At Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists, with locations in Bradenton, Sarasota, University Park, and Ellenton, Florida, our team of experienced...

You May Unknowingly be Causing or Worsening Those Ingrown Toenails Jul 1st, 2023

A red throbbing ingrown toenail can put a damper on activity, making even a simple walk around the block intolerable.  The specialists At Cortez Foot and Ankle Specialists in Bradenton, Sarasota, University Park, and Ellenton, Florida, treat countless ingrown toenails. Here they explain the common causes, preventive tips, and treatment...

How to Alleviate Plantar Fasciitis Pain: Tips and Techniques That Work Jun 1st, 2023

You probably have never noticed the long band of tissue that runs from your heel to your toes on the sole of your foot — the plantar fascia — unless you’ve developed plantar fasciitis. When it’s healthy, the plantar fascia absorbs shocks to your foot. Ideally, you shouldn’t notice the...

How to Avoid Athlete’s Foot and Staph Infections May 1st, 2023

The importance of taking preventive measures against athlete's foot and staph infections cannot be overstated. Infections can cause discomfort, pain, and complications that may impact your daily life and overall well-being.  For athletes and other active individuals, taking care of your feet helps prevent infections and contributes to your overall...

4 Steps To Prevent Your Sprained Ankle From Becoming a Chronic Instability Apr 1st, 2023

Ankle sprains are common. So common that you might be tempted to brush yours off and just grin and bear it as it heals. However, once you sprain your ankle, you’re at risk for chronic ankle instability. If you have a sprained ankle, the ligaments in your ankle are stretched,...

How to Prevent and Get Rid of Toenail Fungus Mar 1st, 2023

Sandal season is coming, and if you want to enjoy easy breezy summer styles, you don’t need ugly toenail fungus. A common condition that creates thickening, crumbling, and discoloration in your toenails, this condition is also known as onychomycosis in the medical community.  If your toenails show signs of fungus,...

Prepare Your Home in Advance of Foot Surgery Feb 8th, 2023

Foot surgery is an effective way to treat podiatry conditions like fractures, bunions, or tendon damage. But, after foot surgery, you need to plan on a period of limited mobility while you recover. No two-foot surgery procedures are the same, but all require some recovery time. The team of podiatry...

When Does a Hammertoe Deformity Require Surgery? Jan 1st, 2023

Hammertoe, a very common deformity of your forefoot, typically affects your second, third, and fourth toes. This condition progresses if left untreated. If you have hammertoe, the middle joint in affected toes starts to bend downward abnormally, resulting in the tip of your toe turning downward, instead of pointing straight...

Achilles Tendinitis: The Overuse Injury Every Runner Should Know About Dec 2nd, 2022

Along with plantar fasciitis and runner’s knee, Achilles tendinitis is one of the most common injuries experienced by runners. Your Achilles tendon connects the heel bone to your calf. You use it to walk, run, push up on your toes, and jump.  The Achilles tendon has a limited blood supply,...

Who Is at Risk for Heel Pain? Nov 2nd, 2022

Heel pain can be debilitating. When your feet hurt, just getting through the day can be a struggle. Fortunately, enough is known about heel pain to reveal various factors that can increase heel pain risk.  At Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists, with locations in Bradenton, Sarasota, University Park, and Ellenton, Florida,...

At-home Care Tips for Managing Toe and Ankle Arthritis Oct 1st, 2022

Many types of arthritis can develop in your toes and ankles, but osteoarthritis is the most common. This “wear-and-tear” arthritis occurs when the connective tissue that cushions the space between your bones wears away. Bone-on-bone friction causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited range of motion.  It’s also possible for your toes and...

Do Bunions Always Require Surgery? Sep 1st, 2022

Bunions form for many reasons. It could be genetics, or it could be the kind of shoes you wear.  Our team at Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists knows that each bunion is different and requires a customized treatment strategy. If you have a bunion, we want you to know your options and how to...

How to Protect Your Feet When You Have Diabetes Aug 1st, 2022

If you want to live well with diabetes, you need to take care of your feet. Elevated blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels and nerves, which can affect the sensations and blood flow of your feet. Because of this, patients with diabetes are at risk for foot problems and...

4 Steps to Keep Foot Odors at Bay Jul 7th, 2022

Roughly 16% of people suffer from smelly feet, or bromodosis, if you prefer the medical term. In other words, millions of people of all ages are routinely embarrassed by the bad odors that come from their feet, especially when they take off their shoes and socks.  Foot odor typically happens when bacteria on...

When Bunions Require Surgery and What to Expect Jun 1st, 2022

Like eye color, facial features, and height, bunions — that painful deformity at the base of your big toe — run in families. Suppose you were unfortunate enough to inherit bunions, and your pointy, high-heeled-shoe habit certainly didn’t help the cause. In that case, you may be wondering if you...

4 Tips to Manage Toe Arthritis May 1st, 2022

Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout, as well as several other types of arthritis, can cause pain in your toes. All types of arthritis cause swelling, stiffness, and inflammation in your joints. As small as your toe is, walking and even standing are difficult when your toe joint is swollen, stiff,...

Beyond Foot Pain: 5 Ailments That Can Be Alleviated With Custom Orthotics Apr 4th, 2022

Your shoes might be the pièce de résistance of your outfit, but if your feet hurt 一 no matter how glamorous or well-fitting your shoes are 一 it’s time to consider podiatric care. An estimated 77% of Americans report foot pain, but only 33% of them seek medical care for...