Are You Sure That’s a Bunion?

Bunions are not the only source of hallux pain

When your foot hurts, you’ll jump on any answer as to why if it means treatment and relief. But what if you get it wrong? Bunions are some of the most common sources of foot pain, but they’re far from the only source. Although you may think you have a bunion, you should be prepared for a podiatrist to tell … Read More

Is It Cold Feet…or Something More?

Raynaud's disease causes cold toes in response to stress or slight temperature changes

Wintertime is the time to break out the snow boots and the funky socks. Your feet might look like they’re snug and comfy in those fuzzy slippers, but they’re still cold. What gives? Do you need to turn up the heat, or is something else going on? Here’s a clue: If your toes get super cold in response to either … Read More

Gout Diet: Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid With Gout

Cherries and vitamin C may be protective against gout

If you have gout, you know how painful it can be. Odds are, you’re stumbling around during a gout flareup because the condition probably affects your big toe. Such a little digit does a big job of helping you move and balance yourself. Often, when your toe hurts, you can be pretty significantly disabled. Gout is a form of arthritis … Read More

Fall Foot Care

Fall foot care tips from Essex Union Podiatry

Summer is all flip flops, sandals, open toes and barefoot, but when the mercury starts dropping, it’s time to put your feet away into boots and closed-toe shoes. When you go from exposed toes to cooping them up all day, it’s more important than ever to give some time and attention to your feet. Just because no one can see … Read More

How to Tell If You Have Plantar Warts

Essex Union Podiatry offers a walk-in wart treatment clinic

A pain in the foot—that’s what you get with plantar warts. There are all kinds of warts, which are skin growths that are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Experts estimate there are from 60 to 100 types of HPV, and while only some of them cause warts on the skin, it can be confusing which kinds of the many … Read More

6 Alternatives to Running (That Won’t Cause Shin Splints)

These exercises can be good alternatives to running if you have shin splints

Running is arguably the quickest, easiest and most effective form of fitness activity. We all know how to do it; after walking, it’s the first thing we learned. In addition, it’s convenient. Just tie on a pair of running shoes and head out the door. However, like any exercise, running entails a risk of injury. Shin splints are notoriously one … Read More

What is the Best Toenail Fungus Treatment?

The best fungal nail treatments at EUP

Do you dread looking down at your bare feet? Maybe it’s because your toenails or yellowed, brittle or thickened. They may even hurt. These are typical signs of toenail fungus. Toenail fungus is a common infection, one that has steadily increased worldwide. In fact, about 40 million Americans have toenail fungus, and some estimates are that toenail fungus affects approximately … Read More

Understanding Ankle Sprain Versus Ankle Break

Do you know the difference between an ankle sprain and a broken ankle?

“Oh, my aching ankle.” That’s a common refrain, some version of which we hear frequently at Essex Union Podiatry. Ankles are the source of some of the most common bone and joint injuries. While there are a variety of causes, and subsequently a variety of treatment solutions, it is crucial to understand two important sources of ankle pain: a sprain … Read More

4 Causes of Itchy Feet

causes of itchy feet

Itchy feet are the worst, if only because you’ll get some funny looks if you take off your shoes and scratch (which is probably not a good idea anyway). So if scratching is out, what can you do about feet that itch? Your first step is learning what’s causing the itch. Then you can begin to treat the cause. Here … Read More

Foot Care in Winter: Keep Your Feet Safe on the Slopes or Rink

foot care for winter sports

You may love to hit the slopes or the skating rink when the temperature (and the snow) starts falling, but you may not realize the beating your feet and ankles take from winter sports. Between cold conditions, ill-fitting boots and sports that may involve lots of cutting and changing direction, winter can be pretty tough on your feet. Don’t let … Read More