Podiatry Clinic in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Dr. Ducach is board certified in pediatric orthopedics and pediatric surgery. He is a graduate of New York College of Podiatric Medicine and he completed his residency at New York College of Podiatric Medicine, Division of Orthopedic Sciences. For the very best in Podiatric care contact Dr. Ducach today to schedule an appointment.
[02/04/16] What are the three characteristics children’s shoes need to have? A stiff heel – you can test the condition of the heel by pressing on the sides of the heel counter, if the heel collapses pass on that style - a flexible toe and a rigid middle.
[02/02/16] According to statistics collected by the American Podiatry Medical Association, women tend to have more frequent foot problems than men. This has largely to do with the different types of footwear that women tend to wear, particularly high heels.
[01/28/16] One common issue that a foot and ankle surgeon can treat is a flattened arch, also known as a flat foot. In some cases, this problem can indicate tendon dysfunction, which means the bones of the foot are not aligned properly.
[01/26/16] What are the dangers of wearing stiletto heels for too long? These types of shoes can actually cause the muscles in the backs of the leg to tighten up, which increases risks for shin splints. Tall stilettos in particular are responsible for a large amount of shin splint diagnoses.
[01/21/16] Maintaining good, clean, neat toenails are one of the best ways to keep fungus away. Trim your toenails short but not too short, and do so in a straight-across fashion. Also, avoid cutting toenail corners and sides, as this can lead to painful ingrown toenails.
[01/19/16] The term “podiatrist” first entered common usage around 1914. Before that, doctors who focused on the human foot were referred to as "chiropodists," specialists who treated medical conditions related to both hands (chiro) and feet (podos).
[01/14/16] On average, humans walk around the globe four times in a lifetime. This is the equivalent of 10,000 steps a day, or 115,000 miles total. That is a lot of wear on our poor feet!
[01/12/16] A hammertoe deformity is a structural problem that causes your toe to contract at one or more joints within that toe. Depending on the severity of the issue, a podiatrist may need to perform surgery to alleviate the painful symptoms.
[01/07/16] It’s estimated that roughly 20 percent of all Americans experience at least one type of foot injury or illness per year. Other common ailments include toe fungus, ingrown toenails, bunions, flat feet, and fallen arches.
[01/05/16] According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, the average American will have logged about 75,000 miles on their feet by the age of 50. If you walk or jog regularly, it’s possible you’ve logged at many as 200,000 miles or more.
[12/31/15] Were you aware that depending on the manufacturer, you might actually wear a completely different size of shoe? Always buy shoes that feel the best on your feet, and purchase them later in the day, when feet tend to be at their largest.
[12/29/15] When you’re an avid runner, you may find that even relatively small issues with your feet can make a major difference in your ability to enjoy your runs. Remember, a podiatrist can help you find new solutions for dealing with foot pain and other issues.
[12/24/15] If you have hammertoes, you may notice that your feet don't hurt unless you put on shoes that rub against the top knuckle of your toe. Sometimes, surgery is the only way to treat the condition.
[12/22/15] What type of running shoe is best for runners with high arches? Runners with high arches will need a highly cushioned running shoe that has a soft midsole and plenty of flexibility. This type of shoe design will offer added compensation for the high-arched foot’s poor shock absorption characteristics.
[12/17/15] One of the most common reasons people have ingrown toenails is because they cut their toenails improperly. It is important to cut your nails along the contour of your toe or straight across instead of curving down the sides.
[12/15/15] A heel spur is a bony growth on the heel bone that can extend forward as much as half an inch. These can be caused by strain on the muscles and ligaments, repeated tearing, or by stretching the band of tissue that connect the heel and the ball of the foot.
[12/10/15] Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that occurs on the feet. You can get it from walking barefoot on contaminated surfaces such as public pool decks and locker room floors. To find out if you have athlete’s foot or another type of infection, see your podiatrist.
[12/08/15] A great tip to remember while shopping for shoes is that shoe sizes are not the same across brands. So, with one type of shoe brand you might wear a 7, while in other shoe brand you might wear a 7.5 size. Be sure to check how different sizes fit when shopping for shoes.
[12/03/15] If you have diabetes, then it is a good idea to get in the habit of seeing your podiatrist regularly. People with diabetes are particularly susceptible to serious foot and ankle conditions, including diabetic ulcers, which affect over 15 percent of all diabetics.
[12/01/15] Anti-inflammatory medications - usually given in the form of an injection directly to the corn - can often help treat corns. When injections are unsuccessful, surgery may become the only alternative.
[11/26/15] A podiatrist is a specialist who cares for your feet and ankles. You may visit a podiatrist for a sprain or break, bunion, hammertoe, corn, callus, ingrown toenail, foot pain, nail fungus or a variety of other infections and injuries.
[11/24/15] What’s the difference? Hallux valgus is the medical name for a bunion caused by pressure or misalignment. Hallux rigidus is also characterized by pain and swelling of the joint at the base of the big toe, but it’s typically caused by arthritis.
[11/19/15] This line from the modern Hippocratic oath nicely captures our sentiments: “I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.”
[11/17/15] If you regularly jog, its a good idea to invest in proper foot wear. Some physicians advise that you replace your footwear at least every 6 months to ensure maximum protection to your feet.
[11/12/15] One of the best things you can do to optimize your ankle and foot health is to wear properly fitting shoes. Be sure to try on shoes during the middle of the day to get an accurate sizing, and spend some time standing and walking around with them on.
[11/10/15] It’s important to remember that your feet include complex bone structures. After an injury, it can often take longer for a foot or toe to heal than other injuries you may have.
[11/05/15] Did you know that children’s shoe size may change every few months? Parents are advised to check children’s shoes at least every 3 months for fit. And for kids that are in-between sizes, go with the next larger size.
[11/03/15] If you think you may have claw toe, it’s important to get to a podiatrist as soon as possible, as this issue is easier to fix when detected early. Usually, a splint or tape is used to hold the toes in correct position, so that they don’t harden into the deformed shape over time.
[10/29/15] Did you know that on an average day, your feet will sweat about 1 pint of perspiration? And, at the end of a day your feet can be 5 to 10 percent longer then they were when you first got up in the morning.
[10/27/15] Do you know what “pump bump” is? This is another name for Haglund’s Deformity. It’s nicknamed “pump bump” because the bony enlargement often occurs in women who frequently wear pumps.
[10/22/15] Plantar fasciitis involves a microscopic tear to one of the ligaments that attaches to the underside of the back of your heel. This issue is most common in women who are overweight and in people with certain foot types.
[10/20/15] Have cold feet? Many women do, in part because their bodies’ core temperature is slightly lower than men’s. Most the time, cold feet aren’t harmful, but sometimes they can signal a thyroid problem. If you’re having any other symptoms, tell your doctor.
[10/15/15] Corns and calluses are caused by the same thing, but take place on different locations. Both conditions are when thickened skin forms to protect an area. If it occurs on the bottom of the foot, it’s called a callus, while thickened skin on the top of the foot is called a corn.
[10/13/15] Are you suffering from “turnip” toe? If you have a swollen and inflamed bunion, you are. According to the National Institutes of Health, the word bunion is derived from the Latin, "napus," which means "turnip."
[10/08/15] Are you starting to avoid walking, exercise, or even standing because of your feet? You don’t have to live with pain and limited mobility. A podiatrist will be able to offer a variety of solutions to help you get back on your feet.
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Foot Care Specialists, PC is a state of the art podiatric medical practice offering full and high quality foot and ankle care in Quincy and Dedham, MA.