Foot Notes...

A Foot & Ankle Centers Newsletter

Foot & Ankle Centers
4230 Harding Pike
Suite 202
Nashville, TN  37205
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Did You Know??

~ The difference between a sprain and a strain is the severity... a sprain is worse

~ Athlete's foot is a fungal infection (a form of ringworm) that usually occurs between the toes

~ Your feet mirror your general health so foot ailments can sometimes be a sign of other medical conditions

August, 2013 
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Caring for the Natural Nail


Nails play a significant role in beautifying your hands and feet. But, taking care of the nails is not always an easy job.  The matrix is the part of the nail under the cuticle generating new nail growth.   Looking after your nail matrix today helps ensure healthy looking nails a few months down the road when the new nail actually grows out to the ends of your fingers and toes.  It is much easier to help out NEW nail growth from the start than it is to try to dramatically change your existing nail.  If you enjoy getting manicures and pedicures on your natural nails, as a professional nail technician it is recommended to keep nails healthy between visits.  Here are a few nail tips that can help nails stay healthy between services:
  • Take the time to care for your nails
  • Stop biting or picking at your nails
  • Use a nail hardener to protect nails from splitting and peeling
  • Vitamin E supplements keep nails growing long and strong
  • Pastels and neutrals go the distance on longer and round nails
  • Dark shades of nail polish look best on short, squared nails
  • Apply a moisturizer to your nails every night to reduce evaporation of water
  • A weekly manicure can do wonders for your nails and cuticles
  • Pushing the cuticles back can stimulate new growth
  • A monthly pedicure can save your feet from a world of complications

If you have any further questions feel free to call 425-0668 to speak to our nail technician, Treao Jackson. 

Is that Bump on my Foot a Bunion?

A bunion is a "bump" on the joint at the base of the big toe that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. The toe is forced to bend toward the others, causing an often painful lump of bone on the foot. Because this joint carries a lot of the body's weight while walking, bunions can cause  extreme pain if left untreated. The joint itself may become stiff and sore, making even the wearing of shoes difficult. A bunion can also occur on the    outside of the foot along the little toe, where it is called a "bunionette" or "tailor's bunion".   

Although bunions tend to run in families, it is the foot type that is passed down-not the bunion. Parents who suffer from poor foot mechanics can pass their problematic foot type on to their children, who in turn are prone to developing bunions. The abnormal functioning caused by this faulty foot development can lead to pressure being exerted on and within the foot, often resulting in bone and joint deformities such as bunions and hammertoes.

Other causes of bunions are foot injuries, neuromuscular disorders, or congenital deformities. People who suffer from flat feet or low arches are also prone to developing these problems, as are arthritic patients and those with inflammatory joint disease. Occupations that place undue stress on the feet are also a factor; ballet dancers, for instance, often develop the condition.

Wearing shoes that are too tight or cause the toes to be squeezed together is also a common factor, one that explains the high prevalence of the disorder among women.

The symptoms of a bunion include the following:

  • Development of a firm bump on the outside edge of the foot, at the base of the big toe
  • Redness, swelling, or pain at or near the big toe joint
  • Corns or other irritations caused by the overlap of the first and second toes
  • Restricted or painful motion of the big toe

If pain persists even after trying wider shoes, visiting Dr. Cohen for a consultation may be beneficial to understand your options. Bunions tend to get larger and more painful if left untreated, making non-surgical treatment less of an option.


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