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Why is My Toe Purple?

Why is My Toe Purple?

Purple is a beautiful color, isn’t it? A couple of my aunts really love purple, and when they go to a wedding, they always wear purple hats.  However, while purple is wonderful for hats, unless you just got your nails painted it’s definitely not a color you want to...

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When Is It Time to Replace My Orthotics?

When Is It Time to Replace My Orthotics?

If you’ve ever bought cheap, flimsy arch supports off the rack at a pharmacy or grocery store, you know that such inserts usually aren’t “long for the world.” Daily use will break them down in a hurry, sometimes in as little as a couple of months.  Custom orthotics,...

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How to Reduce Heel Pain During (and After) Exercise

How to Reduce Heel Pain During (and After) Exercise

We don’t have to tell you how important it is to get plenty of healthy exercise. You’ve been hearing it your entire life. And hopefully, you have lots of activities that you do (at least in theory) enjoy. Many of our patients are runners. Others love to hike, or play...

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Can I Prevent Ingrown Toenails?

Can I Prevent Ingrown Toenails?

Even one ingrown toenail is a painful experience that you probably wouldn’t care to repeat. So if you’re working on your second or third (or more) by now, you’d probably like to know if there’s anything you can do to stop them from coming back. On that topic, we’ve...

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What You Should Know After Ingrown Toenail Surgery

What You Should Know After Ingrown Toenail Surgery

If you are having part or all of an ingrown toenail removed, it’s for a good reason. Perhaps the toe has become extremely painful or infected. Or perhaps you have been suffering from recurrent ingrown toenails for a while now, and removing the nail is the best (or...

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What Are the Best Shoes for Heel Pain?

What Are the Best Shoes for Heel Pain?

Trust me on this one: there are few greater pleasures in life than simply finding and wearing a comfortable pair of shoes. That’s especially true if heel pain has been a constant struggle in your life—as well as at this time of year, late spring and early summer, when...

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Ask the Foot Doctor: Why is my Foot Vibrating?

Dear Dr. Burk: I have this crazy problem.  My right foot is vibrating or buzzing. It feels just like there is a cell phone in my shoe and it vibrates for a few seconds, then stops, then does it again.  I didn’t injure my foot.  It doesn’t hurt. It just vibrates...

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Easy DIY Tips for Treating Metatarsalgia

Easy DIY Tips for Treating Metatarsalgia

Dear Dr. Burk:I like to exercise before breakfast and have been going running every morning for the past several years. Recently, I have been getting this sharp, burning pain on the balls of my feet, just behind the toes. I stopped running completely and now it hurts...

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How to Treat and Prevent Hammer Toe

How to Treat and Prevent Hammer Toe

Dear Dr. Burk: The big toes on both of my feet point inward, and the second toe is being pushed up on top of the third toe. I also have corns on the top of my toes. The tops of my toes rub against my shoes when I walk, causing me pain. This situation seems to be...

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Professional Dancers: How to Treat Dancer’s Heel

Professional Dancers: How to Treat Dancer’s Heel

Dear Dr. Burk, I am a professional ballet dancer. In the past month, I have been having pain on the back of my ankles. When I dance “en pointe” (the tips of my toes) the pain worsens, becoming almost unbearable. There is also a bump on the back of my heels making it...

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