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...
How Does Gout Affect the Feet and Ankles?

How Does Gout Affect the Feet and Ankles?

Gout is a painful form of inflammatory arthritis which affects the joints. Although it can impact the joints of your wrists, fingers, and elbows, it is the joints at the base of the big toe and the ankles which are mainly affected. Gout attacks happen suddenly, and in...
Why Do My Feet Sweat So Much?

Why Do My Feet Sweat So Much?

It’s the sweaty season – summer! Most people experience sweaty feet occasionally especially when the heat and humidity are on the up and up. However, some individuals seem to have above-normal sweaty, stinky feet. I’ll explain why everyone’s feet sweat, how to stop...
Suffer from Gout? – You Are Not Alone

Suffer from Gout? – You Are Not Alone

Gout Basics Let’s talk about the ABCs of gout . Gout, a type of arthritis, is more common among men than women. It’s caused by excess uric acid in the bloodstream leading to a buildup in a joint of uric acid crystals. Symptoms of gout are extreme pain, redness,...
Why Are My Toenails Yellow?

Why Are My Toenails Yellow?

Ugh! You hate looking at your toenails – they are yellow and ugly! Yellow toenails can be the result of various conditions, personal habits, or diseases. The discoloration can affect one toe, a couple of toes, or all of them. The amount of yellowness can also vary....
What’s Causing My Child’s Pigeon Toe?

What’s Causing My Child’s Pigeon Toe?

“Dear Dr. Burk,I’ve noticed recently that my child walks with her feet turned inward? Should I be worried? Is it possible she has pigeon toe?” The short answer? It is possible that your child has pigeon toe. However, before you start getting worried, there...