Foot Notes...

A Foot & Ankle Centers, PC Newsletter

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

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"Everyone who is starting soccer or football this season keep in mind that shoes with screw-in cleats puts you at a higher risk for injury. Instead, chose molded cleats or make sure to have an ankle brace or support if you are wearing the screw-in cleats. Be safe and have a great season!"
Dr. Timothy Bush
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September , 2014 

We want to take the time to say how much we appreciate you as a patient at our practice.  We are humbled each time you refer your friends and loved ones to our care.  A referral is truly the highest compliment and we very much appreciate them.
Thank you so much!
Dr. Cohen and Dr. Bush


The Staff of Foot & Ankle Centers


Tips for Healthy Outdoor Feet 

Enjoying the outdoors in warm weather is much more fun when your feet are not hurting. Follow these ten tips for keeping your feet pain-free:
  • Don't walk barefoot. Your feet can suffer cuts that can easily become infected.
  • Wear socks. Bare feet inside of shoes are prime jungle-gym-feet2.jpg targets for athlete's foot and other fungal infections, as well as blisters and calluses. Keep feet dry by changing socks during the day when necessary.
  • When buying sandals, make sure they provide arch support and cushion the heel.
  • Wear sunscreen. Your feet need sun protection, too!
  • If it hurts, don't use it. Don't ignore injuries to the foot and ankle. If pain persists, come to our office for an evaluation.
  • Warm up and stretch before exercising and be sure to cool down and stretch afterward.  Those few additional minutes can help prevent injuries to your Achilles tendon and plantar fascia.
  • Stay well-hydrated to avoid leg cramps and muscle spasms.



A bunion (from the Latin word bunio, meaning enlargement) is often described as a bump on the side of the big toe. But a bunion is more than that. The visible bump actually reflects changes in the bony framework of the front part of the foot. The big toe leans toward the second toe, rather than bicyclist-legs.jpg pointing straight ahead. This throws the bones out of alignment, producing the bunion's "bump."
A bunion is usually a symptom of inherited faulty foot mechanics, such as flat feet or low arches, which put abnormal stress on the front of the foot. Bunions may also be associated with various forms of arthritis. When the joint's protective covering of cartilage deteriorates, the joint can become damaged and be left with a decreased range of motion.

Pain from a bunion can be mild, moderate or severe, making it difficult to walk in normal 

shoes or high heels.  The skin and deeper tissues around the bunion may also be swollen or inflamed.
If you have developed a bunion, conservative treatment can include using bunion pads,

wearing comfortable shoes, sandals or athletic shoes and avoiding high-heeled shoes. These 

home remedies can help reduce pressure on the bunion and smaller toes and diminish the
progression of joint deformities.
If bunion pain and deformity have progressed beyond conservative treatment, surgery may
be necessary. The specific procedure used depends on the deformity's severity, as well as your
age, general health and activity level.  To determine the best bunion treatment option for you, call our office at 615.662.6676 to schedule a full exam. We can help ease your bunion pain!

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