Blog Archive

Why Are My Toenails Splitting and Changing Color? Jul 1st, 2022

Any body part that changes unexpectedly can cause concern and distress. Changes to your toenails are no exception. When this happens, a professional can help. Podiatrist Michael Ruiz, DPM, can examine your toenails more closely than you may be willing to do yourself. Additionally, at Lake Erie Podiatry in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dr. Ruiz...

How to Take Care of Your Feet If You’re Diabetic Jun 1st, 2022

High blood sugar can ravage your body and do damage in unexpected places, like your feet. Diabetic foot care is necessary if you have either type of diabetes because of the increased risk of foot complications that come with the condition, like infections and ulcers. Even something as simple as looking over...

How Orthotics Can Improve Your Back Pain May 1st, 2022

Custom orthotics are shoe inserts that serve a wide range of purposes within podiatry. Any time you have pain in the sole of your foot, pain in the arch because it’s too high or low, plantar fasciitis, or pain from sports injuries, custom orthotics are a likely treatment recommendation from your...

Will My Ingrown Toenail Heal on Its Own? Apr 3rd, 2022

Ingrown toenails are minor foot complications that most people experience at some point. If you’ve been fortunate enough to avoid them, you’re probably unfamiliar with the discomfort they can cause as you continue walking on your feet. You’re at higher-than-average risk of getting an ingrown toenail if you tend to wear...

Why Am I Developing Bunions? Mar 1st, 2022

Bunions develop at the base of the big toe and appear as a bony bump jutting out toward the other foot. As accustomed as you may be to seeing bunions on one or both of your feet, you might not realize how they formed in the first place. Your bunions...

The Link Between Obesity and Plantar Fasciitis Feb 1st, 2022

Although heel pain from plantar fasciitis can affect anyone, especially if you spend a lot of time on your feet, plantar fasciitis is especially common among individuals with high body mass indexes (BMIs). Your feet withstand a lot of pressure carrying your entire body weight, and a higher body weight...

Why Diabetics Need to Give Extra Attention to Foot Care Jan 3rd, 2022

Without great diabetic foot care, your feet are at an increased risk for foot ulcers and infections. While these issues would be much milder in someone without diabetes, you need to keep a close eye on your feet for early signs of damage so they don’t get worse if you...

Why Proper Fitting Shoes are Important for Maintaining Healthy Feet Dec 13th, 2021

Every once in a while, you find a pair of shoes that perfectly emulates your style and fits perfectly…almost. When shoes are too small, too narrow, have no arch support, or have excessively high heels, they can impact your foot health without you realizing it until the damage is done...

What Causes Achilles Tendonitis and How is it Treated? Nov 15th, 2021

Inflammation of the largest tendon in your body, the Achilles tendon, is called Achilles tendonitis and can seem to appear out of nowhere. Achilles tendonitis may or may not require foot and ankle surgery as an eventual treatment, but nonsurgical therapies are usually enough to give you some relief.  While...

How to Prevent and Treat Toenail Fungus Oct 14th, 2021

The name alone sounds repulsive, but toenail fungus is a relatively common condition because your toes spend a lot of time in warm, dark, and damp places like your shoes and socks. The infection makes your nailbeds turn white, yellow, or brown and causes the nails to thicken. While it...

How Orthotics Can Help Treat a Variety of Foot Conditions Sep 9th, 2021

If you’re prone to foot pain when walking or standing, orthotics are an effective, non-invasive way to increase your comfort when wearing shoes. But these inserts can do so much more. At Lake Erie Podiatry, our experienced podiatrist, Michael Ruiz, DPM, specializes in diagnosing and treating a variety of foot...