Plantar Fasciitis: The Underestimated (But Fixable) Plague of Athletes

runner with plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament (a thick band of fibrous tissue) on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes. While it may not be one of the more common medical household terms, the condition has been an official diagnosis since the 1970s. In fact, approximately 10 percent of … Read More

Orthotics: The Sports Equipment You Didn’t Know You Needed (Until Now)

orthotic inserts for athletes

This fall, think orthotics to help improve your performance on and off the field. We know, the word sounds like something reserved for the older demographic. However, the reality is that all walks of life can benefit from these devices. That includes the weekend warrior, the student-athlete and even an avid mall walker. What are orthotics, exactly? Orthotics are devices … Read More

Back to School Means Back to Shoes: Learn The Ins and Outs of Tying Laces

Little ones going or returning to school this month (sans sandals) will be eager to try new things, and learning to tie shoelaces is no exception. With some time and patience, you can teach your Velcro®-dependent child—especially if they’re between the ages of five and seven—how to tie laces like a champ with these easy-to-follow tips and tricks. Who knows—you … Read More

Getting to Know Dr. Sarah Haller

At Essex Union Podiatry, we are excited to be adding Dr. Sarah E. Haller to our ranks. We sat down with Dr. Haller to learn more about her and what she has to offer our patients. Q. What inspired you to become a podiatrist? A. As a child, I was a ballet dancer for 15 years and on pointe for … Read More

Pretty Pedicures Can Lead to Pesky Problems Later On: What You Need to Know

We know that your natural reaction during the summer is to dash to the nail salon to get the dingy digits on your feet primped and polished the moment they’re less than perfect. But, did you know that this beautification ritual may potentially be harming your feet? Let’s take a look at some of the ways consistent pedicures may be … Read More

5 Simple Ways to Avoid Athlete’s Foot This Summer

With summer in full swing, you’re likely spending a lot of time at the local pool or beach. However, lurking just below the surface of all of that fun in the sun (and humidity) lies an invisible enemy: athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a highly-contagious fungal infection that develops on the skin of the foot. … Read More

Dr. Haller Provides Pro-Tip on Wearing Heels

Dr. Haller of Essex Union Podiatry was recently called upon by Prevention to offer her expert opinion on the best heel to wear to avoid foot pain. Check out the full article here.

Summer Feet: Steer Clear of the 3 Summer S’s

Sun’s out, bunions out, as they say. After spending the winter hibernating in boots, your feet are ready to make their debut in a fetching sandal. Unfortunately, with summer comes heat, which can be the cause of the sad summer S’s: swelling, stinky, scratchy. So, let’s take a look at these sizzling issues bumming out your feet and what can … Read More

Ingrown Toenails Make Summer a Bummer

Why This Pesky Condition Is More Prevalent During Summertime An ingrown toenail—also known as onychocryptosis—can be a hassle any time of year. In fact, over 7.1 million Americans report having the condition annually. But, did you know it occurs more often in the summer months (ironically when your toes are the most exposed)? Let’s take a more in-depth look as … Read More