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~ The ankle is the most commonly sprained joint

An estimated 30 to 35 million people in the United States have one or more toenails with nail fungus

There are over 250,000 sweat glands in your feet and these glands can excrete as much as a half-pint of moisture a day

June, 2013 

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Nail Spa Update


The Dangers of Nail Salons Featured on CNN

A growing health concern, the hidden danger of nail salons, was recently featured on Anderson Cooper's show on CNN. A Chattanooga podiatrist, Dr. Robert Spalding, was interviewed and provided viewers with tips to reduce the chance of injury or infections when getting a manicure or pedicure.

It is precisely for these kind of dangers that we opened the nail spa at FAC. All of our pedicure bowls are disposable and each client receives a personal nail kit to ensure that all items are either personal to the client or surgically sterilized. You can see the full segment at:
Don't hesitate and call 425-0668 today to schedule your SAFE manicure or pedicure today! 

Is it Bone Spurs or Plantar Fasciitis that is Causing my Heel Pain? 

     The answer could be both, one, or neither. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain but it is not the only cause. Since it is the most common heel pain condition Dr. Cohen sees here is some additional information on plantar fasciitis and how it relates to bone(heel) spurs: 

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.


     In most cases, plantar fasciitis develops without a specific, identifiable reason. There are, however, many factors that can make you more prone to the condition:

  •  Being overweight
  • New or increased activity
  • Repetitive impact activity (running/sports)
  • Tighter calf muscles
  • Very high arch

Heel Spurs


     Although many people with plantar fasciitis have heel spurs, spurs are not the cause of plantar fasciitial pain. Over time the plantar fascia pull 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. 



     The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:


  • Pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel
  •  Pain with the first few steps after getting out of bed in the morning, or after long periods of rest, such as after a long car ride or sitting at a desk. The pain subsides after a few minutes of walking
  • Greater pain after (not during) exercise or activity

     Again, 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 medically to be sure you are treating the correct condition. If you have any questions don't hesitate to call our office to make an appointmentat 615.662.6676. 






 Father's Day Specials for the month of June
Foot Maintenance For Men:$30.00 (regularly $35)
Includes soothing foot soak, nail trimming and shaping, cuticle care, buffing, exfoliation, hot towels, relaxing lower leg and foot massage
Hand & Foot Maintenance for Men: $45.00 (regularly $57)
Includes soothing hand and foot soak, nail trimming and shaping, cuticle care, buffing, exfoliation, hot towels, relaxing mini massage (hands and feet)
Limit one per customer.  Please present coupon at your visit.  Not valid on prior purchases.
Expires 06.0.13