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Dr. Frederick N. Fedorchak &
Dr. Veronica A. Kacmar-Fedorchak

Board Certified Podiatric Physician & Surgeon

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How to Treat Bunions: Causes, Symptoms and Risk Factors

Your feet are comprised of 26 bones each. These bones and the joints connecting them are necessary to get you to life’s important moments and events. Your feet make everything in your day-to-day life possible. Unfortunately, misalignment is a common problem in the joints of your feet.  A misalignment in the metatarsophalangeal joint, which connects your big toe to the rest of your foot, can cause an intense, painful bump. This bump is known as hallux vagus—a bunion. Although bunions can be painful and inconvenient, it’s essential to understand them in order to treat them! So, what causes bunions? Causes Various

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The Science Behind Pregnancy Feet: Understanding Edema and Its Effects

Pregnancy is a beautiful and life-changing experience. As your body grows and changes to carry a healthy newborn for nine months, you might notice some conditions that are less than beautiful. A common podiatric condition pregnant people face is edema or swelling in the feet, ankles and legs. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to reduce the effects of swelling. First, why do your feet and lower legs swell during pregnancy? This type of edema is typical during pregnancy. It typically worsens as the day goes on from the pressure the feet undergo. It also worsens in high heat

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Inherited Foot Conditions: Understanding the Genetic Basis of Common Podiatric Issues

Most of your physical health and appearance are inherited from your parents and determined by the genes you get from them. Genes provide instructions in your DNA that determine your appearance, health and genetic conditions. For example, your hair color, eye color and even your ear shape and size are determined by your genes!  Unfortunately, genes also determine your inheritance of conditions and diseases. Inheritance means you get a trait or condition from one or both of your parents’ genes. You can inherit many foot conditions from your parents. Understanding what conditions are genetic can help you plan for, prevent and

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Epsom Salts to Magnesium Sprays: The Interesting Evolution of Foot Soaks

Our feet bear the burden of nearly every movement we make. From standing at the sink doing dishes to running a half marathon, our feet keep us stable and centered while we move through our days. For millennia, people have recognized the importance of foot health. That’s where foot soaks began! Traditional Chinese medicine is often credited with routinely incorporating foot soaks to improve reflexology. Chinese medicine experts believed the feet were energy centers and needed specific, distinct baths and care. Many ancient peoples, including Greek and Roman civilizations, also performed foot soaks. They recognized the benefits of foot soaks, including

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Understanding Gout So You Can Treat It Better

Your feet are the foundation of your body, literally! They don’t just help you move; they get you to family events, concerts and plays, sporting activities and more. They’re even essential to the simple act of standing. Unfortunately, some conditions can affect your feet, causing pain and limiting mobility as you age. One common condition affecting feet is gout. Gout is an inflammatory condition that affects joints in the feet. Joints are places in the body where two bones meet and allow movement. Gout often affects the big toe joint but can also affect other joints in the feet.  Because it

5 Reasons to Get Custom Orthopedic Inserts

Think of your favorite pair of shoes. How do they fit? How comfortable are they? How long can you wear them before your feet, ankles or knees ache? Unfortunately, our favorite pairs of shoes don’t always have the best structure or function for our unique needs. Your best loafers or favorite sandals might be a fashion hit but not the most comfortable or suited to you. That’s where orthotics come in! Orthotics are customized medical devices or inserts. These devices shape the structural and functional aspects of your feet and, by extension, your ankles, knees and back. At Dr. Fedorchak’s, we

Everything You Need to Know About Fallen Arches, AKA Flat Feet

The arches in your feet are incredibly strong. They develop and strengthen in your early years as you begin to walk so that you have better balance. They also help you navigate rough or bumpy, uneven terrains with ease. Unfortunately, some people lose their arches as they age. Fallen arches can be problematic for many reasons, and the condition has many causes. But first, what are the arches of the feet?  Understanding Your Arches for Better Foot Health When you look at your feet, you’ll likely notice a single arch on the inside of your foot running from the base of

What You Need To Know About Your Foot Anatomy

Most people with diabetes know they are more prone to foot-related issues. However, many people with diabetes don’t know the basic anatomy of their feet. Understanding foot anatomy can help you understand and reduce the risk of complications. Understanding foot anatomy helps you describe pain or foot-related problems with your doctor. In this article, the experts from Dr. Fedorchak’s office explore the anatomy of your feet–and help you understand how different conditions affect them. Foot Anatomy 101: Expert Exploration for Patients With Diabetes The Bones: Bones are hard, dense tissues in your body. The feet have three types of bones: phalanges,

The Amazing Link Between Your Foot Health and Well-being

Foot health is closely connected to overall health because our feet serve as the foundation of our bodies. The blood that pumps from our heart travels to our feet and back, and nerves run from our brains to tell our feet what to do. When our feet are healthy, we can engage in physical activities comfortably, maintain balance and posture and promote good blood circulation. Conversely, foot problems such as pain, swelling or infections can indicate underlying health issues.  Neglecting foot health can lead to mobility limitations, compromised balance and increased risk of falls. Ultimately, our foot health affects our ability

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Foot Health and Aging: Common Issues and Tips for Optimal Mobility

As we age, we become more aware of aches and pains we didn’t experience when we were younger. This is especially true for our feet. Our feet take us where we need to go and hold us up throughout the day. As we get older, our feet suffer the strain of keeping us moving year after year. In order to keep ourselves active and pain-free, it’s important to understand some of the conditions that arise as we age and how we can combat these foot issues and continue to remain mobile.  Common Aging Foot Issues  While there are plenty of other

Walking for Wellness: The Benefits of Daily Walking for Your Feet

Walking is a means of transportation, getting us where we need to go. It allows us to explore new places and reach our destination. But, walking is also exceptional for our overall health. The act of walking can help us shed pounds, maintaining a healthy weight. It improves our heart’s health, training it to work well under stress. It also gives us that endorphin boost to improve our mood when we’re feeling down. It’s hard to deny the mental and physical benefits of simply walking.  In addition to the many physical and mental health benefits, walking is also great for maintaining

How to Keep Your Feet Safe from Summer Heat

If you have diabetes, you likely know how important it is to care for your feet. People with diabetes can experience nerve damage and poor blood flow in the feet, which makes foot care crucial. When there is nerve damage, people cannot feel painful injuries to their feet, worsening their injuries and conditions. With limited blood flow, people experience pain and weakness that can even prevent them from walking.  Fortunately, there are many simple steps to protect your feet and keep them healthy. People with diabetes know to manage their blood sugar levels, eat a healthy diet and stay active to

How To Prevent Running Injuries: Tips For Runners & Athletes

Running is a great form of exercise that can improve cardiovascular health, boost mood, and help maintain a healthy weight. However, running can also put a lot of stress on the body, leading to common injuries like runner’s knee, shin splints, and Achilles tendonitis. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent running injuries and stay healthy and injury-free while pursuing your fitness goals. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips for preventing running injuries. Start Slowly and Build Up Gradually One of the most common mistakes runners make is trying to do too much too soon. This can

Spring Cleaning: How to Properly Clean Your Shoes

Spring is right around the corner. And with spring comes spring cleaning. So as you clean the house, empty your closet or organize your desk, don’t forget spring cleaning for your shoes! Good foot hygiene is crucial when you have diabetes. Diabetes puts patients at increased risk for neuropathy, poor circulation and more. Keeping your feet clean is one part of keeping them healthy. So you wash your feet with warm, soapy water every night and wear the appropriate footwear and socks. But how do you care for your footwear? No matter what footwear you choose, keeping your shoes clean is essential.

Your Complete Expert Guide on Diabetes and Sweaty Feet

Our feet are a body part we often overlook. But when you have diabetes, your feet can tell you a lot about your overall health. A common problem patients with diabetes experience is hyperhidrosis in their feet – sweaty feet.  Sweating is typical in many circumstances. We sweat when we exercise, sit outside in the heat and wear thick socks in warm boots. But sometimes, sweating becomes abnormal and problematic. Excessively sweaty feet can be embarrassing and may indicate other issues with your health. What causes sweaty feet? And what can you do to stop it? The experts at Dr. Fedorchak

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Why Exclusive Pedicures Can’t Protect Your Feet

Pedicures are foot treatments that remove dead skin, soften your feet and shape and polish your toenails. You can give yourself a pedicure at home or visit a professional salon for exclusive treatment. But if you have diabetes, is it acceptable to get a pedicure?  The answer is: It depends! People with diabetes experience unique complications with their feet. Diabetes increases your risk for peripheral artery disease, which decreases oxygenated blood flow to your toes, feet and lower legs. Diabetes also increases the loss of sensation to pain, heat, cold and more. Because of these complications, pedicures present unique risks for

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How to Avoid Ingrown Toenails When You Have Diabetes

Diabetes increases the risk of neuropathy, swelling and infection, so taking care of your feet is crucial when you have diabetes. Additionally, because diabetes decreases circulation, it also increases your risk of ingrown toenails! While ingrown toenails may seem embarrassing or annoying rather than problematic, they can cause discomfort and other health issues. Below, the friendly experts at Dr. Fedorchak’s explain what ingrown toenails are and how to prevent them. What are ingrown toenails? Having an ingrown toenail is incredibly painful! It can decrease your ability to walk, stay active and go about your day. Ingrown toenails occur when the corner

Take care of your feet in winter

How to Take Care of Your Feet This Winter

People with diabetes know that foot care is essential. But cold winter weather poses many unique challenges to keeping your feet healthy. Colder weather can cause foot sores, pain and numbness and worsen symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. And dryness in the winter can cause sores and infections, too. Luckily, there are some strategies you can use to keep your feet warm and well this winter.  Keep your feet warm, not hot. The first step to taking care of your feet this winter is to keep them warm. Always wear socks that are comfortable and keep your feet at a warm temperature.