5 natural remedies to treat athlete’s foot at home, according to podiatrists

To treat athlete’s foot at home, you can apply tea tree oil or soak your feet in a tea bath.  To prevent the recurrence or spreading of athlete’s foot, you should try sprinkling your feet with cornstarch and disinfecting your shoes.  If your athlete’s foot symptoms do not improve within a few days of using natural home remedies, reach out … Read More

4 Common Causes of Heel Pain

Common causes of heel pain

Do you know what the most common foot and ankle problem is? It?s not bunions, flat feet or Achilles tendon tears. It?s simple heel pain.? What makes heel pain so tricky is that there are so many possible sources. The source of the heel pain will dictate the treatment to ease it, so an accurate diagnosis is critical.  Here are … Read More

Dr. Haller Featured on TLC’s “My Feet Are Killing Me”

Essex Union Podiatry Dr. Sarah Haller featured on TLC's My Feet Are Killing Me

Dr. Haller on TLC? Not to worry? Dr. Sarah Haller isn’t going anywhere. She?ll be right here at Essex Union Podiatry, providing top-notch foot and ankle care to her patients. But do you know where else you can see her? On TV! Dr. Haller is featured on TLC?s hit new show, ?My Feet Are Killing Me.? This program features stories … Read More

Are You Sure Thatís a Bunion?

Bunions are not the only source of hallux pain

When your foot hurts, youíll 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 theyíre 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 theyíre snug and comfy in those fuzzy slippers, but theyíre still cold. What gives? Do you need to turn up the heat, or is something else going on? Hereís 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, youíre 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, itís time to put your feet away into boots and closed-toe shoes. When you go from exposed toes to cooping them up all day, itís 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 footóthatís 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 Wonít 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, itís the first thing we learned. In addition, itís 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 itís 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