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Living With Plantar Fasciitis Oct 1st, 2019

If you wake up in the morning and your first steps cause heel pain, you likely have plantar fasciitis. Your plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue (a ligament) that stretches from your heel bone to your toes. Along with foot and leg muscles, it supports the arch...

What Can I Do About Bunions? Sep 1st, 2019

While not life-threatening, bunions can still make everyday activities painful. If you're suffering in silence or avoiding obligations and events that involve standing or walking it's time to get a proper diagnosis and find out about your treatment options.  Here at the Scheffel Foot Center in Worcester and Clinton, Massachusetts,...

Summer Foot Care For People With Diabetes Aug 5th, 2019

If you suffer from diabetes, you know that your feet can be severely affected by it. Taking special care of your feet under normal circumstances is challenging, but summer can make things harder. Make sure you use the best foot care this summer to stay healthy and safe.  At Scheffel...

Tips to Prevent Your Achilles Tendon From Rupturing Jul 25th, 2019

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body. But if you run, jump, or even spend a lot of time sitting, you can rupture, weaken, or damage the Achilles, causing pain and compromising your leg’s range of motion.  At Scheffel Foot Center, John A. Scheffel, DMD, has extensive...

How to Avoid Athlete’s Foot in the Locker Room Jun 14th, 2019

You don’t have to be an athlete to develop athlete’s foot. Any time you walk barefoot in a place where others have walked before, there’s a chance you can catch this fungal infection. Athlete’s foot thrives in warm, wet places, like locker rooms, pool decks, and communal showers. Here’s how...

3 Most Common Fractures and How to Treat Them May 30th, 2019

Millions of people suffer from fractures, or broken bones, each year in the US. People break their bones in number of different ways: Broken bones result from auto injuries, sports injuries, falls, and repetitive use, like running. Some people suffer broken bones as the result of diseases, such as osteoporosis,...

3 of the Most Common Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis Mar 12th, 2019

Do you suffer from heel pain? Is it worse first thing in the morning or when you work out? Then you may be among the estimated two million Americans diagnosed with plantar fasciitis each year. A common condition, with one in 10 people affected in their lifetime, plantar fasciitis can...

When Does an Ingrown Toenail Require Medical Treatment? Feb 1st, 2019

Unless you’re a ballet dancer or get regular pedicures, your toenails are probably something you don’t think about a lot. A healthy toenail lies flat across the nail bed on your toe, but when your toenail grows into the flesh at the edge of your nail bed rather than straight...

How Custom Orthotics Can Alleviate Lower Back Pain Jan 7th, 2019

Lower back pain is one of the most common medical complaints among both men and women, and it tends to become a lot more common as we get older. When most of us think of lower back pain, we think of pain related to activities like bending and lifting heavy...

How Effective Is Surgery in Remedying Plantar Fasciitis? Dec 21st, 2018

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of foot pain, one that becomes a lot more common as we get older. The plantar fascia is a strong band of fibrous tissue that extends along the bottom of your foot. This band provides important support for your arch, and it also helps...

5 Tips for Diabetic Foot Care Nov 30th, 2018

Diabetes is a disease that carries a myriad of potential side effects, including serious problems with the feet. As many as 70 percent of people with diabetes suffer neuropathy, or nerve damage, and the feet are one of the most common areas affected. When the nerves in the feet aren’t...

7 Tips to Prep Your Home Before Bunion Surgery Oct 31st, 2018

Bunion surgery is an outpatient procedure, so most patients go home on the day of surgery. There are many things that you can do in advance of the surgery to prepare your home and increase your comfort. Getting ready before the event occurs also helps ensure that you're able to...

How Selecting the Right Shoes Can Help Prevent Sports Injuries Sep 28th, 2018

No matter what sport you play, even if you simply walk for fitness, your efforts can be more productive if you’re wearing the right shoe. While sometimes making the selection seems overly complex, every activity has a few basic support demands. Meet these and you’ll improve your chances of increasing...