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??

~ There are times when you're walking that the pressure on your feet exceeds your body weight, and when you're running, it can be three or four times your weight

~ Corns and calluses are caused by friction and pressure from skin rubbing against bony areas when wearing shoes. If the first signs of soreness are ignored, corns and calluses rise up as nature's way of protecting sensitive areas

~ A sprain is an injury to ligaments, which connect bones to one another and is caused by the twisting or bending of a joint into a position it was not designed to move

July, 2013 
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We're working to increase our exposure on Facebook so we're giving away a free pedicure at the end of July to promote our page.  All "likes" by the end of July will be entered for a chance to win a free pedicure at The Nail Spa at FAC!
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The winner will be notified the first week of August and will be featured in the next newsletter. 

The Hottest Trend in Nail Salons ... Gel Manicures!

Are you sick of getting your nails done only to have them chip the next day?  If

so, then getting a gel manicure may be the answer for you.  Gel polish is a special kind of polish that stays shiny on your nails without chipping or fading for up to 2 weeks.   We currently use the Gelish brand but you may have also heard of another brand, Shellac.  Both brands are gel products that work in a similar manner.  Here are answers to questions some clients have asked:

  • Does Gelish cause any chemical damage to the natural nail?:
    • This system uses a pH balancing agent to stabilize the moisture level of the nail. Then the foundation Gel has adhesive properties that attract to the keratin in the natural nail, not causing any depletion, only acting as a 2 sided tape to adhere the Gelish Polish to the nail itself.
  • How do you remove the Gelish polish?
    • To remove the polish your nails will be soaked with acetone.  The nails will have acetone-soaked cotton on each nail and will be wrapped with foil for 5-10 minutes to allow the polish to be rubbed off the nail.  
  • Gel polish sounds great but then who isn't well suited for it?
    • While there are many great things about gel nails it is not for those clients looking to lengthen their nails. You cannot use gel polish to create a longer nail. Also, Gelish isn't for clients with extremely damaged nail beds, split or peeling nails. It is best to get on a corrective program with our nail technician before thinking about using a gel polish. If your nail is peeling off, it will take the Gelish with it.
  • I've heard that the light used to cure the gel polish can be bad for you.  Should I be concerned?
    • According to Jessica Wu, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the USC School of Medicine: "While it's certainly true that UV light is associated with skin cancer, the type and dose of light used is very low."  She continues, "If your salon uses LED lamps, you have less reason to worry, since LED lights have been used for years to treat the signs of sun damage and generate new collagen."  The Nail Spa at FAC uses an LED light to minimize any risk.  However, if you have any concerns she suggests you could use a sunscreen on your hands that contains a UVA-blocker, such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, and apply in a thick, even layer.

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


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I've Heard of It ... But What is a Neuroma?

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A neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a "pinched nerve". It is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes. It brings on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.

The main symptoms associated with a neuroma are pain between the toes while walking and/or tingling and numbness in the ball of the foot.  People who suffer from a neuroma often find relief by stopping their walking, taking off their shoe, and rubbing their foot. At times, the pain is described as similar to having a stone inside the shoe. The majority of people who develop neuromas are women.


Although the exact cause for this condition is unclear, a number of factors can contribute to the formation of a neuroma:

  • Biomechanical deformities, such as a high-arched foot or a flat foot. These foot types bring on instability around the toe joints, leading to the development of the condition
  • Trauma can cause damage to the nerve, resulting in swelling of the nerve
  • Improper footwear that causes the toes to be squeezed together. Avoid high-heeled shoes higher than two inches. Shoes at this height can increase pressure on the forefoot area
  • Repeated stress can create or aggravate a neuroma

Often the first thing that can be done for relief is to wear shoes with plenty of room for the toes to move, low heels, and laces that allow for width adjustment. If your symptoms don't go away be sure to call the office to schedule an appointment to confirm what is causing your pain.  As with all foot pain, there are many different diagnoses that can have similar symptoms so be cautious of self diagnosing on the internet. We're here if you need us so call 662-6676 to schedule an appointment if you need to have your feet examined.

"I'm in a Hurry!!"
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Limit one per customer.  Please present coupon at your visit.  Services include regular polish ~ $10 upgrade charge if you want gel polish instead.  Not valid on prior purchases. Expires 07.31.13