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By contactus
February 10, 2012
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For many athletes and weekend exercise warriors, winter is a time

to enhance their cardiovascular health. Many partake in winter

sports such as sledding, skiing, snowboarding, rough-and-tumble

ice hockey, or casual ice skating. Winter sports offer a fast track

for fun, but expose the body to injuries, especially foot and ankle


Some common winter and snow sports injuries related to the foot

and ankle include:

Frostbite – The symptoms of frostbite include skin-color changes,

from blue to whitish, and a feeling of burning or numbness;

Blisters – Friction in winter sports footwear often causes blisters;

Neuromas – Enlarged benign growths of nerves between the toes

are caused by friction in tight footwear and can result in pain,

burning, tingling, or numbness. Neuromas require professional

treatment, including an evaluation of skates and boots, from a

podiatric physician;

Sprains and strains – The stress of skiing and skating can result

in sprains and strains of the foot and ankle. They can be treated

with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). If pain persists,

seek medical attention from a podiatric physician; and

Subungual hematoma – Pressure in the toe box of a ski or skate

can cause bleeding under the toenail known as a subungual

hematoma. This condition should be treated by a podiatric

physician to prevent the loss of a toenail.

Podiatric physicians recommend properly fitted shoes or boots

to prevent winter and snow injuries. With adequate preparation

and proper equipment, you can prevent most injuries common to

winter and snow sports.

Maintain an adequate fitness level all year round. Being fit is the

best way to avoid many sports-related injuries in winter.

Find a buddy who enjoys your sport. Never participate in winter

sports alone.

Warm up thoroughly before activity. Cold muscles, tendons,

and ligaments are vulnerable to injury. Make sure to cool down

thoroughly afterwards, as well.

Wear several

layers of light,

loose, waterand-


clothing for warmth

and protection.

Wear proper footwear that is

in good condition and keeps feet

warm and dry. Footwear should provide

ample ankle support, as well.

Wear appropriate protective gear, including

goggles, helmets, gloves, and padding.

Wear a blended sock that “wicks” sweat away from the skin.

Consult your podiatric physician for recommendations.

Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your sports


Move to a warm, dry environment if your feet get wet. The skin

tissues of wet, cold feet are in danger of freezing (frostbite).


Information courtesy of the American Podiatric Medical Association

By contactus
February 02, 2012
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  • Each foot has 25 bones - both feet contain nearly one quarter of all the bones in the body (206 bones)
  • There is an intricate network of over 100 tendons, ligaments, and muscles in each foot
  • Every step places 1.5 times your body weight of pressure on your foot (a 150 pound person places 225 pounds of pressure on the foot with every step)
  • The average person walks 5,000 to 7,000 steps a day. 
  • A person will walk nearly 100,000 miles in a lifetime, between three and four times the earth's circumference!
By contactus
January 16, 2012
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Many people will often ask "Do you treat bunions?" or "Can I see Dr. Baker for my sprained ankle?" or "I have a weird bump on my foot.  Can Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nashville treat that?"  The asnwer to all of these questions is yes!

Podiatrists are physicians to the foot and ankle similar to the way a cardiologist is to the heart...they treat all aspect of their specialty.  Dr. Baker isboth board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (www.abps.org) and treat all conditions related to the foot and ankle from a wart to an ingrown nail to a bunion requiring surgery,etc.  Podiatrists complete a four year undergraduate education, four years of graduate study at a podiatric medical college, and then complete a 2 or 3 year hospital based post graduate training.

For a list of the variety of foot conditions we treat please visit our Services Page.

If you're in Nashville, Smyrna, Carthage or anywhere in the middle Tennessee area don't hesitate to call us today if we can help you with your feet or ankles.  We're here when you need us...

By contactus
January 06, 2012
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Should you go to try on shoes first thing in the morning when the swelling in your feet is down?  Or is it better at the end of the day?  Most people tend to want to go shoe shopping early in the day when their feet feel good but the truth is you should go at the end of the day when your feet are more tired and swollen.  By doing so you ensure that the shoes you try will feel good when your feet are at their worst.  It will also help ensure that the shoes won't pinch or bind since your feet are already swollen.  Wearing well made comfort shoes are best for your feet and will provide the most support and cushion for your feet.  If you wear orthotics try to get shoes where the insole can be removed to ensure the best fit.  Most of all, remember that your shoes should feel good when you buy them.  A well fitted pair of shoes doesn't need to be "broken in."

If you are experiencing any kind of foot pain that doesn't allow you comfort in any kind of shoes than you may have a condition like a neuroma or tendinitis that requires medical attention. Dr. Baker is here to help you in Nashville, Smyrna, or Carthage if your feet are in pain.  Don't hesitate ... your feet have to last you a lifetime!

By contactus
December 29, 2011
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We'd like to wish all of our wonderful patients a great New Year of fabulous health and happiness.  We encourage you to begin exercising if you haven't been (safely, of course with the consultation of your primary care physician) to promote better health.  If at any time you begin to experience foot pain then please don't ignore it.  All too often people will start to limp on the other foot in the hopes that the pain will go away.  Often, however, patients will end up causing other problems in their "good foot" by limping along such as plantar fasciitis or tendinitis.  We're here for you when you need us...don't suffer with foot pain.

Again, thanks for a fabulous 2011 and we're looking forward to helping our patients experience great foot health in 2012.  Enjoy!