Foot Notes...

A Foot & Ankle Centers, PC Newsletter

Foot & Ankle Centers, PC
4230 Harding Pike
Suite 202
Nashville, TN  37205

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You can contract diseases like plantar warts, athlete's foot, and/or ringworm in locker rooms? Be sure when you go to your local gym to wear flip flops or rubber shoes when taking a shower or walking around.  Be sure not to ignore anything unfamiliar on your feet because it's likely to spread and not go away on it's own
February, 2014 

We want to thank each of you who refers your friends and loved ones to our office.  Your referral is the highest compliment we can receive.


Thank you!

The Staff of Foot & Ankle Centers

The Nail Spa at FAC 



It's a fact...most runners could use a pedicure.  We're not talking about cute pink nails (although that looks cute)...but rather about basic foot care.  There are so many foot problems at marathons and throughout the year with corns, calluses, and blisters that can be prevented with regular pedicures.

Nail trimming is one example.  Many people feel awkward cutting their toenails or if you're an inflexible runner it can actually cause strain.  Additionally, many people trim their nails too short, cut them at an angle, or rip and tear them because they're hard to reach.  Doing such can set you up for ingrowntoenails and pain.

A pedicure also moisturizes your feet, as it involves a soak in a bubbly basin and a rubdown with lotion.  Keeping your skin moisturized helps the skin keep its integrity, so you're less likely to get blisters, cracks or other problems.  You should apply lotion to your feet every day between pedicures.  If you tend to suffer from dry, cracked heels you may want to consider trying Kera-42 lotion specifically made to help with the condition.

Having a pedicure once a month, especially when training, will help keep your feet in top condition.  Call 425-0668 to make your appointment today.


*Information adapted from

Painful Heels?

Did you start a new exercise routine as your new year's resolution?  If so, good for you!  However, for many people who start a new exercise regimen they realize they are feeling great overall except for their first step out of bed in the morning when their heels are extremely painful.


The most likely cause for this heel pain is plantar fasciitis.  Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of pain on the bottom of the heel. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the ligament that supports the arch of your foot (the fascia) becomes irritated and inflamed. The plantar fascia is designed to absorb the high stresses and strains we place on our feet. But sometimes too much pressure damages or tears the tissues. The body's natural response to injury is inflammation, which results in the heel pain and stiffness of plantar fasciitis.

Many people with plantar fasciitis have heel spurs, although spurs are not the cause of the heel pain. Over time the plantar fascia pulls on the heel bone which can sometimes cause the body to create a bone spur. One out of 10 people has heel spurs, but only 1 out of 20 people with heel spurs has foot pain. Because the spur is not the cause of plantar fasciitis, the pain can be treated without removing the spur. 


It is important to remember that while plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain it is not the only cause. Be sure not to self-diagnose and get examined to be sure you are treating the correct condition. If you have any questions don't hesitate to call our office to make an appointment at 615.662.6676. 


Valentine's Day Nail Spa Special
Rose petal pedicure with a FREE pair of the Worlds Softest Spa Socks
($65 value)
Limit one per customer.  Please present coupon at the time of service.
Not valid on prior purchases. Expires 2.28.14