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Age + Inappropriate Footwear + Genetics = Foot Trouble: MD Podiatrist Feb 3rd, 2023

With every step, your feet take a pounding equivalent to up to 2.5 times your body weight. After decades of wear and tear, it’s no wonder foot woes start to crop up in your 50s. “Age plus weight plus inappropriate footwear plus genetics equals foot trouble,” says Dan Michaels, DPM....

MD Podiatrist Discusses Cold Feet Feb 2nd, 2023

Cold feet are common during the winter when the rest of your body tends to be chilly. Usually, you and your feet will warm up once you’re inside a heated space, or slip on your wooly socks. Still, Dan Michaels, DPM, says, “When cold feet continue to progress — they’re...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Etiology of Peeling Skin on the Feet Feb 1st, 2023

A common foot ailment is peeling skin. Dan Michaels, DPM, explains "Peeling feet is definitely common, and there are various reasons why. We're on our feet all the time and the constant pounding and walking can cause cracking and scaling of the skin."   Additionally, workouts that leave the feet exposed...

Post-Static Dyskinesia a Common Sign of Plantar Fasciitis: MD Podiatrist Jan 31st, 2023

Plantar fasciitis can happen to anyone, said Dan Michaels, DPM, a podiatrist at Northwestern Medicine, but it occurs more frequently in people who are on their feet for long periods of time. That pain becomes pronounced after lengthy periods of inactivity. People with the condition feel their feet throb when...

Brief Shoe Wearing Not a Danger to Babies, But Not Needed: MD Podiatrist Jan 30th, 2023

Dan Michaels, DPM, said putting shoes on babies is not inherently dangerous as long as it's not a "tight, structured shoe (worn) for an extended period of time." He referenced the now-banned Chinese practice of foot-binding as an example of the harm that could be caused by doing so. But...

Supportive Slipper Can Be Beneficial During Pregnancy: MD Podiatrist Jan 29th, 2023

Perhaps the most surprising difference between pregnancy and the non-pregnant life is feet changes. "During pregnancy, it is not uncommon to notice flattening of the foot arches, swelling, an increase in show size, and even ingrown toenails," says Dan Michaels, DPM. "Slippers can certainly be of help as they work to...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Psoriatic Arthritis Jan 28th, 2023

  According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Early on, psoriatic arthritis (PsA) was considered to be a less aggressive condition as compared to rheumatoid arthritis (RA). But this opinion has changed; psoriatic arthritis can cause as much if not more disease and disability. The pattern of joint involvement will vary from...

MD Podiatrist Provides Test to Determine When It's Time to Replace Sneakers Jan 25th, 2023

  Did you know that working out in old sneakers can do more harm to your body than good? According to podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM, you should test your sneakers to see if it is time for new ones. "Most experts say [you should replace shoes after every] 300 to...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Best Footwear for Neuropathy Jan 24th, 2023

Dan Michaels, DPM emphasized that people with neuropathy often experience pain or numbness in the feet while driving or walking, especially at night. Dr. Michaels also suggested looking for styles that are "soft and shock-absorbent with good ankle support."    Supportive shoes aren't the only way you can keep neuropathy...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Stress Syndrome Jan 23rd, 2023

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Plantar fasciitis is by far the most common cause of pain in the heel, but a 'stress syndrome' of the bone does occur. What makes things interesting is how the pain of these two conditions can act very much the same. Our experienced 'detective' work...

MD Podiatrist Cites 4 Reasons Why Feet Get Bigger With Age Jan 22nd, 2023

You've always worn the same shoe size since, well, forever. Then one day you wake up and your tennis shoes feel a tad tight, or your sandals are suddenly a little snug. No, you're not imagining it. "Everybody's feet get bigger as we get older," says board-certified podiatrist and foot...

Walking Barefoot at Home is a Foot Health Risk: MD Podiatrist Jan 21st, 2023

Going barefoot, especially on hard indoor surfaces, can be bad for your foot health. According to the expert Dan Michaels, DPM, regular barefoot walking or running can impair foot function and increase your risk of injury. That's because walking barefoot provides practically zero arch support and excessive pronation—a natural foot...

MD Podiatrist Discussses Buying Running Shoes for Treadmills Jan 20th, 2023

Whether you’re an avid runner or just like to zone out on the treadmill while getting some movement in, the right pair of running shoes can really make or break your workout. “You want to make sure that the running shoes you select offer the correct amount of support, and...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Why Feet Can Smell Like Vinegar Dec 30th, 2022

  Sour-smelling feet are a funky problem with several effective DIY solutions. “Feet smell like vinegar when they sweat too much, and the moisture interacts with bacteria on your skin,” explains podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM. “The bacteria actually eat your sweat, and this creates an acidic byproduct that smells like...

Digital Tenotomy Can Prevent Many Diabetic Infections: MD Podiatrist Dec 29th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Lower extremity amputations are a tremendous source of illness, disability, and death for Americans living with diabetes. One of the most common sites for these problems to develop is at the tips of the toes. The digits are susceptible to changes in their positioning over...

MD Podiatrist Recommends New Balance Walking Shoe Dec 28th, 2022

If you are looking for a pair of walking shoes built to last, splurging on a good pair of walking shoes is a good idea. While there are many luxury brands to look into, New Balance (which has been making shoes for decades) is a great brand to stick with,...

MD Podiatrist Provides Sneaker-Buying Advice for Those in Their 40s and 50s Dec 19th, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM notes that when looking for a sneaker specifically for working out, someone in their 40s and 50s should select a sneaker that has “proper support for the type of activity in which they are engaging,” as well as a shoe that properly supports their foot type. This...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms Dec 18th, 2022

Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tight band of tissue on the bottom of your foot, can happen to anyone, said Dan Michaels, DPM, but it occurs more frequently in people who are on their feet for long periods of time. “It’s probably more common than most people think,” he...

Non-Resolving Edema Could Indicate a DVT: MD Podiatrist Dec 17th, 2022

"Foot swelling that persists despite efforts to reduce or resolve it should be taken seriously and evaluated by a medical specialist," says Dan Michaels, DPM. Specifically, if you find that one foot starts to swell suddenly, seek immediate care as this could be a sign of a serious issue called...

When Working Out, Don't Forget About Your Feet: MD Podiatrist Dec 16th, 2022

While you may want to tone your abs, glutes, and triceps in the new year, there’s one often-overlooked area of the body that deserves your attention too: your feet! “A lot of people hit the gym or dust off their home exercise equipment in January,” says Dan Michaels, DPM. “But...

MD Podiatrist Provides Tips for Healthy Winter Feet Dec 15th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Taking care of your feet is important all year long and is vital to our overall health and well-being. During the winter season, our feet can be prone to dryness, injury. and poor circulation. In cold weather environments, the body has mechanisms to retain heat in...

Save Bunion Surgery as a Last Resort: MD Podiatrist Dec 14th, 2022

  Consider bunion surgery only when the pain becomes unbearable, experts say. “I don’t tell patients when they need it, they tell me,” Dan Michaels,  DPM says. “It’s usually when they have pain — with or without the shoe on — or can’t walk or run without pain. They think...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Compresssion Therapy for Venous Diseases Dec 13th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Compression is the mainstay of therapy for many  vein diseases. A difficult question is what type of compression, with numerous methods available, some “old school” and others hi tech. By far the most commonly prescribed method of treating the condition before there is breakdown of...

Wearing the Right Shoes Can Prevent Many Foot Problems: MD Podiatrist Dec 4th, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM said the most common question he gets is what shoes he recommends. He said many of the top-selling athletic shoes do not offer the best support.    "One thing you should look for is that the shoes bend at the toes," Dr. Michaels said. "If you can...

Proper Warm-up is the Key to Preventing Running Injuries: MD Podiatrist Dec 2nd, 2022

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-timer, it’s important to prepare before you turkey trot in order to avoid injury, particularly to your feet and ankles. Dan Michaels, DPM, shares a key injury prevention tip for the big race. As tempting as it can be to hop out of...

Walking Barefoot Through Airport Security Carries Risks: MD Podiatrist Dec 1st, 2022

"It's not necessarily 'bad' to go barefoot through airport security, but there are some things that we need to remember when we do," says Dan Michaels, DPM.  "Shoes and socks serve a protective function. Shoes protect us from injury, from things dropping on our feet, from stubbing our toes, and...

MD Podiatrist Provides Holiday Shopping Foot Health Tips Nov 30th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Holiday shopping is like a marathon, and it is essential to wear the appropriate shoes. The ideal shoes are comfortable and well-fitted, providing support similar to that found in walking or running shoes. Shoe inserts can be used for added support if needed. Avoid wearing...

Proper Footwear Can Prevent Pickleball Injuries: MD Podiatrist Nov 29th, 2022

Pickleball has exploded in popularity in recent years, especially among those 50 and older. And, as is often the case when a new sport catches on, injuries are growing along with participation. Dan Michaels, DPM says he commonly sees inversion ankle sprains from pickleball, injuries that occur when the foot...

Education Is Essential For Diabetics: MD Podiatrist Nov 28th, 2022

The key to preventing amputations is preventing foot ulcers. To do so, Dan Michaels, DPM, MS emphasizes patient education as the most effective way to prevent diabetic amputations and infectious foot ulcers. A board-certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Michaels specializes in diabetic foot complications and is an expert in...

Hypermobile Joint Disease Rarely Recognized: MD Podiatrist Nov 10th, 2022

"Do you remember the kid in school who entertained everyone with his stupid tricks? He was the one who could place both elbows well behind his head or fold himself like a pretzel. Entertaining fellow, but possibly the victim of a serious, potentially debilitating disease. Although the diagnosis is infrequently...

MD Podiatrist Encourages Asian Women to Seek Regular Care for Diabetes Nov 8th, 2022

"Asian Americans have an elevated risk of being diagnosed with diabetes," said Dan Michaels, DPM. "Combine that with a tendency to overlook self-care, and Asian women are a population at very high risk for serious complications from diabetes." Asian women tend to put their families first, meaning they often overlook...

Aging Leads to Dry Skin on Feet: MD Podiatrist Nov 7th, 2022

Aging plays into the gradual dehydration of your feet, causing the skin of your feet to look dry and flaky. Over time, the sweat glands in the feet lose their activeness and make the skin look dry, so we need to be wary of our hydration levels as we get...

Going Barefoot at Home is Often Best: MD Podiatrist Nov 7th, 2022

  Going totally shoe-free at home is often the best bet. "Being barefoot is great for overall foot health and helps to increase foot muscle strength, tissue tolerance, and joint mobility," says Dan Michaels, DPM. Try taking a gradual approach if walking around barefoot is uncomfortable because you're not used to...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds Nov 6th, 2022

  Diabetes can impact the body in a number of ways, especially creating potentially serious complications for your feet. “Foot care is a central component of overall diabetes care,” says Dan Michaels, DPM. “Without precautions, even small foot problems can lead to amputation or be life-threatening.”     Visit a...

MD Podiatrist Advises How to Buy a Running Shoe With Arch Support Nov 5th, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM says that to determine whether or not someone needs arch support, one should perform "The Wet Test," which involves stepping on a piece of paper with wet feet and then evaluating the imprint. If there is a skinny question mark-like imprint, this indicates a high arch, while...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Home Treatment of Ingrown Toenails Nov 4th, 2022

If you’re already suffering from an ingrown toenail, what should you do? You can try soaking the toe in warm (room temperature) water with Epsom salts, says Dan Michaels, DPM.   This may soften the skin surrounding the toenail and help to reduce inflammation and pain. It is important for...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Choosing Footwear for Those With Plantar Fasciitis Nov 3rd, 2022

  When you're on your feet all day for work, the last thing you want is to feel pain in your feet. Orthopedic shoes provide plenty of arch support and cushioning for the heel, along with support for overpronation, which Dan Michaels, DPM, also suggests for those with plantar fasciitis....

Bacteria are Most Common Cause of Shoe Odor: MD Podiatrist Nov 2nd, 2022

One of the best-kept secrets that podiatrists know about promoting foot health and extending the longevity of your shoes is to invest in a shoe deodorizer. This type of product is designed to kill bacteria, fungus, and viruses that can grow in moist environments, especially in shoes that we work...

Padded Socks Can Reduce Foot Pain: MD Podiatrist Nov 1st, 2022

  When you’re experiencing foot pain, the best padded socks for foot pain provide comfort where you need it most, whether it’s the ball of the foot, the heel, or the entire sole. And a good fit is essential to maximize comfort, according to Dan Michaels, DPM.    First, you’ll...

"Don't Self-Diagnose Your Feet" - MD Podiatrist Oct 23rd, 2022

More than just a chance to relax, pedicures are a great way to take care of your feet—so long as you use your own tools. “Having a personal cuticle remover, exfoliator scrub, nail file, and more can go a long way to reducing the spread of bacteria and fungus,” Dan...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Biofilm and Wound Healing Oct 22nd, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "When an ulcer remains open, numerous types of bacteria will “set up shop,” colonizing the surface of the lesion. These often don’t invade the tissues of the host, which would mean infection was present. Instead, multiple types of bacteria will form a cooperative colony, encased...

MD Podiatrist Advises Against Use of Crocs for Exercise Oct 21st, 2022

Crocs are considered to be comfortable enough to do many activities like exercise, but some doctors don't recommend it. "I wouldn't choose a Croc to wear to walk for exercise," podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM says. "If you're in a situation where you do need support, you need your foot to be...

MD Podiatrist Discusses the Importance of Wearing the Right Running Socks Oct 20th, 2022

“The right socks are really important,” explains Dan Michaels, DPM. “Even more so for people [who are] running... due to the increase in load going through your feet and the amount of sweat your feet produce.” And that’s not all – poor sock choices can put your feet at risk of...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Benefits of Compression Sock Oct 20th, 2022

Whether you’re an avid runner, a frequent customer at your local gym or a casual walker, you may be missing out on not-so-secret benefits that compression socks have to offer. Dan Michaels, DPM, states that these particular benefits include increased stamina and less lower extremity discomfort post-exercise.    “After a...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Why Running Shoes Need Replacement After 300-500 Miles Oct 19th, 2022

Is the 300 to 500 mile rule for replacing running shoes founded on research? Do you really need to replace your shoes that often? Yes, says podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM, who works with walkers and runners.   “The midsole, found between the insole and the outsole, breaks down and wears out...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Prevent Blisters in Fall Boots Oct 18th, 2022

“One of the most likely causes of blister formation from fall boots is improper fit. Motion can lead to blisters,” said Dan Michaels, DPM.  To avoid this, he recommends getting fitted at the store (where you can walk around in them before buying) and making sure your boots are laced...

Walk the Aisles to Reduce Leg Edema While Flying: MD Podiatrist Oct 1st, 2022

If you've ever noticed that your feet look and feel unusually swollen when you're flying, you're not alone. Feet swelling while flying is pretty common, and according to Dan Michaels, DPM, it's due to your feet being down for extended periods without movement. "The muscles in our legs aren't working,...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Use of Proper Socks to Treat Hyperhydrosis Sep 30th, 2022

An estimated 3 percent of the U.S. population — some 8 million people — suffer from what's known as plantar hyperhidrosis, or excessive foot sweating, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. This type of sweaty feet is not caused by the normal causes of sweating, such as high heat...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Plantar Plate Tears Sep 28th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, “A permutation of a hammertoe deformity is the dreaded plantar plate tear. When nothing is done for the conditions stressing the plantar plate, this can progress to a tear of the plate, worsening over time, as the second toe slowly drifts upward, bending at the...

MD Podiatrist Explains What to Look for in a Gym Shoe Sep 27th, 2022

It’s important that your gym shoes have enough structural support, in addition to absorbing shock. “For example,” says podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM, “aerobics classes require front and back and lateral movements that are short and quick, so footwear with proper support is essential to perform these exercises. Zumba classes may...

MD Podiatrist Comments or Birkenstocks Sep 26th, 2022

Are Birkenstocks actually a good choice? We consulted podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM to get all of the details. There’s a reason why you’ve heard so many people raving about how comfortable and supportive Birkenstocks are through the years. According to the brand, the original Birkenstock footbed is at the heart...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Buy Waterproof Sneakers Sep 25th, 2022

  Lighter and usually more comfortable than boots, waterproof sneakers are a smart option for keeping your feet dry in wet weather. Whether you want to wear them for trail running, walking on the beach, or running errands in the rain, waterproof sneakers should be durable and easy to wear....

Over-dependence on Shoes Can Increase Risk of Falls: MD Podiatrist Sep 24th, 2022

Overusing shoes in settings that don’t require them can progressively weaken the feet, according to one functional podiatrist. Dan Michaels, DPM, explained that there is a common misconception that shoes offer more support to the body.   Dr. Michaels added, “Our toes need to push into the ground to maintain balance,...

MD Podiatrist Will Discuss Plantar Fasciitis Sep 23rd, 2022

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of a band of tissue on the sole connecting the heel bone to bones near the ball of the foot. Dan Michaels, DPM says that one of the most important steps to treat this condition is to wear supportive footgear, such as OOFOS or Vionic sandals,...

MD Podiatrist Explains Why Shoe Size Changes Sep 22nd, 2022

You’ve worn size 9 shoes for as long as you can remember. They always fit perfectly — and then one day, they just inexplicably don’t. Try as you might, you can’t cram a foot into that familiar size. First, relax. You’re not going crazy. Second, it’s natural for your feet...

Dry, Flaky Feet Could Indicate Thyroid Problems: MD Podiatrist Sep 17th, 2022

If your feet are dry and flaky, it could be thyroid problems, especially if moisturizer doesn’t help. When the thyroid gland (the butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck) goes on the fritz, it doesn’t properly produce thyroid hormones, which control metabolic rate, blood pressure, tissue growth, and skeletal...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Ankle Sprain Sep 16th, 2022

As fall sports heat up for kids, so do 5Ks, marathons, and golf tournaments for adults, leading to ankle sprains for athletes of all ages. “Both serious athletes and weekend warriors often underestimate how serious a sprain can be, and they rush back into action without taking time to rehabilitate the...

Hairy Toes Indicate Good Foot Circulation: MD Podiatrist Sep 14th, 2022

Everyone grows toe hair, but some people’s toes tend to look more Bigfoot than human. And if your toes are a touch more wooly than the average person’s, it may make you feel self-conscious. But, according to experts, you shouldn’t be. Having hairy toes is actually a sign of good...

MD Podiatrist Back-to-School Shoe-Buying Tips Sep 13th, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM states it is important to see your podiatrist when parents notice odd wear patterns on shoes. Dr. Michaels states this leads to important diagnoses of things such as hyperpronation, flatfeet, asymmetries, and rotational abnormalities.    According to Dr. Michaels, “Shopping for shoes at the end of the...

MD Podiatrist Discusses What to Look for in Shoes for People with Sciatica Sep 2nd, 2022

Experiencing pain of any kind is no fun, especially if it has to do with the sciatic nerve. "Sciatica nerve pain is pain that radiates from the sciatic nerve at the level of the lower spine down the buttocks and back of the leg," says Dan Michaels, DPM. When picking...

Podiatrist Discuss Plantar Fasciitis Sep 1st, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "podiatry is a gateway to other health concerns, being proper alignment from the ground up helps out your back, can affect different conditions. If you can't be active, then you can't exercise. You can't maintain your cardiovascular health. So having good foot health, in general,...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Mueller Weiss Syndrome Sep 1st, 2022

Another top athlete felled in his prime, succumbing to the rigors of professional sports. So goes the more sensational headlines when the news leaked of Rafael Nadal’s condition. Apparently, the best tennis player in the history of the sport, if judged by the number of Grand Slam tennis tournaments won,...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Tinea Pedis Aug 31st, 2022

Athlete's foot—also known as tinea pedis—is a fungal infection that's at times painful, persistent, and highly contagious. "Fungal organisms like hot, wet, moist places, which makes shoes and socks the perfect breeding ground for athlete's foot," explains Dan Michaels, DPM.      Luckily, most cases of athlete's foot are treatable...

MD Podiatrist Discuss Hyperhydrosis Aug 31st, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating of the feet. It’s slightly more common in men than in women, and more common in young adults than older adults. People whose feet sweat excessively often also have problems with excessive sweating of the palms. Hyperhidrosis can cause great emotional...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Foot Cramps Aug 30th, 2022

Foot cramps are an involuntary contraction of the muscles in the feet. They occur most often in the arches and toes, and can last for seconds or up to a minute, says Dan Michaels, DPM.    They have a variety of causes, most of which are not serious. However, if...

MD Podiatrist Discuss How to Choose Shoes for Flat Feet Aug 29th, 2022

If you’re one of the 20–30% of Americans with flat feet, meaning that when you stand straight, your arches touch the floor, you might need some more thoughtfully designed shoes. Whether or not your flat feet cause you pain, we can all agree that wearing the right shoes is vital....

MD Podiatrist Discuss Bunions Aug 28th, 2022

  "A bunion is a prominence on the first joint on the base of your big toe on your foot," Dan Michaels, DPM, explained. In other words, it's a sizable bump that forms when the metatarsal bone begins to shift outwards. Bunions are often caused by genetics, but can be...

Return of Ballet Pumps is Bad News for Feet: MD Podiatrist Aug 27th, 2022

Ballet pumps are making a comeback. Dan Michaels, DPM states that wearing such shoes repeatedly can cause “calluses, corns, and in some cases, fractures.” Although the latter, he notes, is something he’s only seen happen “a handful of times” in his practice. Ballet pumps tend to have very thin, flat soles,...

MD Podiatrist Discuss Plantar Fasciitis Aug 26th, 2022

“We typically treat plantar fasciitis conservatively, at first,” said Dan Michaels, DPM. “This can include a combination of remedies, including rest, exercises that stretch the calf muscles, orthotics, icing the heel, over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, supportive footwear, and physical therapy.”   Most patients respond well to conservative treatments. However, depending...

Fungal Infections Can be Life-Threatening: MD Podiatrist Aug 25th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Many fungal infections, once they have developed, never resolve, and stay with the host for the rest of his or her life. If one occurs in the lung, the treatment itself is potentially debilitating, and the success rate low. This likewise is true for toenail...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Benefits of Compression Socks Aug 25th, 2022

If you’ve ever been on a long flight or worked a job where you’re constantly on your feet, your legs may have felt tired, achy, and swollen afterwards. Fluid begins to build up in your legs after sitting or standing for a while — when you don’t get up and...

Don't Keep Nail Polish on All Summer: MD Podiatrist Aug 24th, 2022

If you've just found the perfect nail polish, you're going to want to keep it around. But sometimes, in doing so, it's entirely possible to keep your nail polish on for way longer than is advisable, and to immediately repaint them once it's started to fade or chip. And while...

MD Podiatrist Discusses What to Look for in Children's Shoes Aug 23rd, 2022

Choosing supportive shoes can make a long-term difference in how your child’s foot develops by helping the arch and foot form properly. Dan Michaels, DPM says, “By restricting motion, you are eliminating the deforming forces that affect the forefoot.” He recommends seeing a podiatrist if your child suffers pain or...

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Can Cause Tingling Feet: MD Podiatrist Aug 19th, 2022

Tingling feet isn’t a medical term, but doctors definitely know what it means. It can present itself in a number of ways, says Dan Michaels, DPM. “It can feel like your foot fell asleep and you’re trying to wake it up, or it can feel like your foot is completely...

MD Podiatrist Provides Tips on When School Shoes Need to be Replaced Aug 18th, 2022

The start of the new school year means one thing for parents - it's time to consider whether or not to replace last year’s school uniform and school shoes - and it doesn't have to be a battle between cool and practical. Dan Michaels, DPM says, "Parents can easily check...

Stretching Beneficial To Chronic Heel Pain: MD Podiatrist Aug 17th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "One of the most common chronic orthopedic conditions is pain experienced on the bottom of the heel. This may develop gradually, worsening over time, while others note the sudden development of a sharp, stabbing sensation from this area, often experienced upon weight-bearing after rest. Nearly...

MD Podiatrist Sees Rise in Foot Health Issues from Neglect During Pandemic Aug 11th, 2022

One of the most important things we can do is focus on the health of our feet. While we often think about heart health and teeth care, Dan Michaels, DPM says people have been neglecting their foot health during this pandemic. He has seen an increase in patients who have...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Posterior Tibial Tendonitis Aug 9th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Certainly the posterior tibial tendon can be acutely injured, requiring only the traditional R.I.C.E. formula (rest, icing, compression, and elevation). But more commonly it’s a chronic condition due to the individual’s foot type. Altering a person’s biomechanics is a complex, challenging task. When achieved, the...

MD Podiatrist Provides Splinter Care Tips Aug 8th, 2022

A splinter occurs when a shard of something lodges into the skin. “It is okay to try to remove a splinter by sterilizing the area with alcohol and making sure that you have a sterile pair of tweezers before trying to extract the splinter,” Dan Michaels, DPM says. Try to...

MD Podiatrist Provides Back-to-School Shoe Buying Tips Aug 7th, 2022

Kids’ feet grow and change quickly, which means you’ll likely be shoe shopping this back-to-school season. As you head to the store, consider these tips and insights from Dan Michaels, DPM. Find the right fit: “Your child’s feet can grow up to two sizes in six months, so you need...

MD Podiatrist Recommends Oil-Based Ointments for Dry Skin Aug 6th, 2022

Sandal season is upon us, which means we're keeping our nails trimmed, trying our best to avoid chipped polish, and making sure our feet are soft and moisturized. But that lightweight summer lotion you use on your body may not cut it for your heels and soles where skin tends...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Causes of Dry Feet Aug 5th, 2022

It’s important to note that there is a wide range of causes for dry feet. Sometimes, lifestyle habits are relevant, but other times what’s going on inside the body is the primary cause. A few examples of the latter, according to Dan Michaels, DPM, include dehydration, a lack of sweat...

Plantar Fasciitis Now More Common in Older Adults: MD Podiatrist Aug 4th, 2022

Anyone’s feet can hurt after a long period of walking or standing, especially if their shoes aren’t supportive or comfortable. But older adults are more likely to have conditions such as arthri­tis and diabetes that can lead to foot discomfort. If you’re experiencing pain on the bottom of one or...

MD Podiatrist Discusses the Benefits of Anti-Fatigue Mats Aug 3rd, 2022

Long days on your feet can have serious effects on your joint health over time, which is why these mats have many benefits for everyday life. Dan Michaels, DPM, shares, "Anti-fatigue or standing mats are designed to off-load stress to the foot and body associated with prolonged standing." He adds,...

MD Podiatrist Recommends Finding Sneaker That Works for Your Foot Type Aug 2nd, 2022

When you’re looking for a supportive sneaker, podiatrists typically recommend finding what works best for your foot type, says Dan Michaels, DPM,. “For example, if one has a low arch, generally, they should be looking for a sneaker with added arch support, an anti-pronator sneaker,” Dr. Michaels says.   “Those...

MD Podiatrist Recommends Different Shoes for Walking & Running Jul 25th, 2022

Are running shoes good for walking? “Both running and walking are forward motions,” says Dan Michaels, DPM. “For both activities you need cushion and shock absorption in the shoes.” With similar movements, improper footwear in either activity, Dr. Michaels reminds us, can eventually lead to similar foot problems — sprains,...

MD Podiatrist Health Benefits of Walking Jul 24th, 2022

“I think the foot is an incredible structure,” says Dan Michaels, DPM.  With twenty-six bones, thirty-two joints, one hundred and three ligaments, and numerous muscles and tendons, each component relies on the others to work properly. “One of the best things you can do to keep your feet healthy is...

MD Podiatrist Lists 3 Criteria for Buying Shoes Jul 23rd, 2022

Board-certified podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM, has three criteria he asks every patient to follow when shopping for shoes. First is fit. "You want to make sure that the shoe fits adequately. It should be wide enough in the front, but not too wide in the back," says Dr. Michaels. If...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Arthritis of the Foot Jul 23rd, 2022

If your lateral foot pain is usually worse in the morning and improves with motion throughout the day, you might have arthritis, a degenerative joint disease. More specifically, arthritis in the ankle joint could be causing your side-of-the-foot aches. "When the pain is in the lateral ankle, this typically involves...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Study That Correlates Balance to Mortality Rate Jul 22nd, 2022

Interestingly, according to a new study, the ability to balance for 10 seconds on one foot may predict life expectancy. Results showed that those who failed the test were twice as likely to die in the next 10 years. Dan Michaels, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist explains, “There is also a...

Tennis Requires Sport-Specific Shoes: MD Podiatrist Jul 22nd, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, when it comes to tennis, standard running shoes and cross-training shoes won't do. "Foot and ankle injuries are common when players don't wear the right kind of shoes," Dr. Michaels says.   Running shoes, for example, won't give you the stability and support you need...

MD Podiatrist Provides Summertime Foot Health Jul 20th, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM, states it is important to protect your feet during the hot summer months. “If you have to wear flip-flops, make sure you apply waterproof high SPF sunscreen (and apply it regularly) to your feet. A lot of people make the mistake of frolicking their toes in the...

Walking Barefoot on Hot Surfaces Presents Burn Danger: MD Podiatrist Jul 19th, 2022

With another heat advisory approaching the region, Dan Michaels, DPM says a child running on hot concrete with no socks or shoes can be unsafe. When the temperature is 95 degrees or higher, the risks of burns increase; especially for children under two years old. Dr. Michaels says children under...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Get Soft Feet Jul 18th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM,  “The soles of your feet don’t have oil glands like other parts of your body, which is one of the reasons why they’re prone to dryness.” Add to that the constant friction you get from walking and the added exposure to the elements during the summer...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Warning Signs of Diabetes Jul 14th, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM says, "If you experience a change in sensation in how your feet feel, slower healing of cuts or recurrent skin infections, this could be an early warning sign for diabetes. Type 2 diabetes in particular can be present for years before signs are detected in the feet and...

MD Podiatrist Touts Health Benefits of Walking Jul 13th, 2022

“I think the foot is an incredible structure,” says Dan Michaels, DPM. With twenty-six bones, thirty-two joints, one hundred and three ligaments, and numerous muscles and tendons, each component relies on the others to work properly. “One of the best things you can do to keep your feet healthy is...

MD Podiatrist Recommends Different Shoes for Walking and Running Jul 12th, 2022

Are running shoes good for walking? “Both running and walking are forward motions,” says podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM. “For both activities you need cushion and shock absorption in the shoes.” With similar movements, improper footwear in either activity, Dr. Michaels reminds us, can eventually lead to similar foot problems —...

Thicker Bottom Sandal with Back Strap Safer Than a Flip-Flop: MD Podiatrist Jul 3rd, 2022

A warning about your summer footwear: Foot injuries can be extremely painful. You can lose a nail, get an infection, and much more. “Flip-flops don’t provide any protection,” said  Dan Michaels, DPM. “If you’re going to an amusement park, if you’re going to take a long walk, it wouldn’t be recommended,” said...

MD Podiatrist Reveals Mistake People Make Before Visiting a Salon Jul 2nd, 2022

Podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM, has revealed the common mistake people make before heading to the salon.   According to Dr. Michaels, the big mistake made by so many individuals is shaving your legs in the couple of days before your appointment.    Dr. Michaels states this is because: “razor nick can...

Leave Scalpel Removal of Calluses to a Professional: MD Podiatrist Jun 30th, 2022

Calluses on your feet can be thick, hard, and even painful. Depending on the severity of your calluses, you may need to head into the podiatrist's office for proper treatment. But, if you're able to manage them at home, you need to be careful about what tools you use. Dan...

MD Podiatrist Provides Safety Tips for Nail Salon Visits Jun 29th, 2022

In order to do their job of supporting your entire body, your feet need a little TLC—otherwise you could face issues like painful strains and sprains or gnarly infections. Especially now that warmer weather is here, it’s a good time to give this often-ignored body part the attention it deserves,...

Employees Returning to the Office Find Shoes Not Fitting: MD Podiatrist Jun 28th, 2022

After months or even years of working from home in slippers or bare feet, some people are finding they can no longer fit in their previous work shoes as they return to the office. This is because they have spent so much time at their at-home desks in slippers or...

Vitamin Deficiency Can Cause Heel Fissures: MD Podiatrist Jun 27th, 2022

Although a good soak, pumice, and moisturize will do your feet the world of good, interestingly the foods you eat can also play a big role in the state of your feet. Expert podiatrist Dan Michaes says: “Your feet, just like any other part of your body, contain bones, muscles,...

MD Podiatrist Voices Concern Over Use of NSAIDs in Kids Sports Jun 22nd, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "The link between drugs and sports runs deep! Drugs and sports have been connected for about as long as sports have been played. This includes the whole array of painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs, both prescribed by doctors and available over the counter."   "One of...

MD Podiatrist Recommends Wearing Shoes Inside Your Home Jun 21st, 2022

If you’ve ever stepped on a LEGO, then you’ve missed something very special. Even if you don’t have LEGOs littering your floor, there are a few serious reasons why you might want to keep shoes on in your house. Dan Michaels, DPM and said that with more people working from...

Warmer Weather Brings Out Foot Fungus: MD Podiatrist Jun 21st, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "With the increasing temperatures of summer upon us, activity levels are rising as well. Moisture levels naturally rise, creating a wonderful place for fungus. These are opportunistic infections, and are out and about, simply part of our environment. To flourish, they simply need the right...

Nail Changes Should Be Biopsied: MD Podiatrist Jun 20th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Nail changes develop, over time, for a host of reasons. It is inaccurate to assume these changes are always fungal. Don’t waste your time applying some OTC fungal nail medicine to your discolored toe for the next year if you don’t know what it is....

Avoid Summer Injuries from Walking Barefoot: MD Podiatrist Jun 20th, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM, explained how to care for feet, what warning signs to watch for, and how to select proper shoes. “Recently, we've been seeing a lot more puncture wounds, meaning patients are stepping on things because they're walking barefoot,” Dr. Michaels states. “Just in the last week or two,...

Foot Health Issues Rise from Neglect During Pandemic: MD Podiatrist Jun 19th, 2022

One of the most important things we can do is focus on the health of our feet. While we often think about heart health and teeth care, Dan Michaels, DPM says people have been neglecting their foot health during this pandemic. Dr. Michaels has seen an increase in patients who...

Seniors Should Tread Carefully With Ankle and Foot Injuries: MD Podiatrist Jun 18th, 2022

“Foot pain is never normal,” said Dan Michaels, DPM. “The longer diagnosis and treatment are delayed, the more susceptible a person is for future injuries. We might shake off a mild ankle or foot injury by icing it or resting for a few days,” he said. “If the ankle or...

Wear Patterns Can Predict Potential for Injury: MD Podiatrist Jun 17th, 2022

“Wear patterns alert us to certain patterns of gait and tell us what position certain joints are in when you are coming into contact with the ground, as well as when you are pushing off,” explains Dan Michaels, DPM.  As you walk or run, the friction and pressure between the...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Choose Shoes if You Have Heel Spurs Jun 16th, 2022

Heel spurs are a common foot ailment. "The cause is chronic and repetitive micro-tearing of the plantar fascia or Achilles tendon," says Dan Michaels, DPM.   "Over time, the body deposits calcium where the tearing occurs as a reaction to the tearing."   When looking for a shoe for heel spurs, Dr....

Patient Education Can Reduce Opioid Abuse: MD Podiatrist Jun 15th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Healthcare providers play a prominent role in minimizing opioid misuse. Cautious prescribing habits with limits enforced on the quantity of opioids prescribed, close follow-up, and consistent and frequent provision of opioid education are musts."    "Evidence points to the powerful positive impact of patient education...

MD Podiatrist Discusses 4 Common Causes of Morning Foot Pain Jun 14th, 2022

If your feet hurt when you wake up in the morning, you might have plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, or arthritis. According to podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM, foot pain or heel pain in the morning can be caused by a number of conditions due to lack of support or over-used tendons...

MD Podiatrist Provides Post-Race Advice Jun 13th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Self-care following the race is paramount! Consuming 12 to 24 ounces of water with electrolytes and eating a meal high in carbohydrates 30 minutes to two hours following the race refills your body’s depleted stores."     Change out of your running shoes! Find a comfortable...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Buy Good Flip-Flops Jun 12th, 2022

Flip-flops have a bad reputation for messing up your feet. But, it turns out, there are plenty of flip-flops that are actually supportive and comfortable — and look good. "Flip-flops have come a long way," states Dan Michaels, DPM.   "There are some really good ones out there now that don't...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Select Sandals Jun 11th, 2022

When shopping for sandals, Dan Michaels, DPM says the first thing to assess is whether they have adequate room for your toes. “If the sandals have a closed toe box, it is important that the toes are not cramped, especially if one has hammertoes.” He also recommends, whenever possible, to...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Accessory Navicular Syndrome Jun 10th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "An accessory navicular is congenital (present at birth). It is not part of normal bone structure and therefore is not present in most people. People who have an accessory navicular often are unaware of the condition if it causes no problems. However, some people with...

Proper Lacing of Running Shoes Matters: MD Podiatrist Jun 9th, 2022

According to double board-certified podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM, "It’s important to note that injury can occur from too tightly laced shoes as well as too loosely laced shoes." So this little shoe-tying checkup is a great way to look after the long-term health of your feet. Dr. Michaels says a...

MD Podiatrist Recommends Cross-Training Jun 8th, 2022

If you have pain that's prohibiting you from running, consider swapping in other cardio options like cycling, swimming, or using the elliptical, Dan Michaels, DPM says. "Low-impact activities like this allow you to maintain your endurance and help prevent overuse injuries. Even with the onset of osteoarthritis, maintaining an active...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Smoking and Your Feet Jun 7th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Every year, May 31 is celebrated as World No Tobacco Day. Smoking cigarettes has long been known to have detrimental health effects on the body, contributing to problems such as heart disease and lung cancer. Smoking can also have many lesser known but just as...

MD Podiatrist Discusses What to Look for in a Wedding Shoe Jun 2nd, 2022

What shoes are good for a wedding? Short answer? Comfort means different things for different people. "Comfort is subjective, so what is comfortable to one person may not be comfortable to the next," says podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM. But, he says that those of you with flat feet, high arches,...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Pandemic Foot Pain Jun 1st, 2022

If you've been experiencing unusual foot pain, you're definitely not alone. Podiatrists say they've seen an increase in what they're calling "pandemic foot pain." Dan Michaels, DPM says as people head back to the office and back to the gym, they are doing too much, too fast.     We...

MD Podiatrist Discusses New Methods for Closing Chronic Wounds May 31st, 2022

Accodring to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Chronic wounds represent a silent epidemic that affects a large percentage of the world population. 6.5 million Americans have these painful lesions. Some exciting new technologies have allowed us to heal wounds we once thought unsalvageable, especially those due to inadequate blood flow. For several...

MD Podiatrist Discusses the Symptoms of Stress Fractures May 19th, 2022

Older adults are particularly vulnerable to stress fractures, or tiny cracks in the bone, because the trabeculae (the spongy tissue that connects your body’s bones) thin with age. The most common symptom is pain with activity that subsides with rest. “We saw a lot of stress fractures throughout the pandemic....

Neutral Running Shoe Is Default Choice for Most: MD Podiatrist May 13th, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM, says that neutral running shoes should be the default choice for most runners; that is, unless you have a known musculoskeletal issue that would require extra support. Generally, the two main types of shoes are stability and neutral running shoes. When in doubt, you may want to...

Feet Serve as Indicators of Overall Health: Md Podiatrist May 12th, 2022

There’s a lot you can learn about your overall well-being if you know what foot signs of health to look for—they can tell you about the condition of your circulatory system, for example. “A great way to test that blood flow is good is by using your feet,” says podiatrist...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Dry Skin and Calluses May 11th, 2022

"Heels typically are the first areas of the feet to become dry," states Dan Michaels.   "They become hardened and even cracked open and white, gray, or scaly in appearance. By exfoliating the dead outer layers of the skin, the heels will look fresh and young again. You can exfoliate the...

Sock Materials Matter: MD Podiatrist May 10th, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM, says it’s important to consider the attributes of your socks. Dr. Michaels recommends a combination of cotton and polyester. “Ideally, socks containing 65 percent cotton and 35 percent polyester are preferred. The synthetic polyester material helps to move moisture off the foot to help keep it relatively...

MD Podiatrist Discusses "Pandemic Foot" May 7th, 2022

Most of us take our feet for granted until there's a problem. And during COVID, podiatrists say they've seen a big increase in all kinds of foot issues. It's being called "pandemic foot." "Most of the time, unless you're having a problem, you do forget about your feet," said Dan...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Invisible Screws in the Foot and Ankle May 1st, 2022

"If you ever had orthopedic surgery that required a metal implant in your body, you probably wished there was something made out of a material that is more similar to bone. You probably had many concerns about the metal implant. Is it safe for it to be living under your...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Dealing with Hyperhydrosis Apr 30th, 2022

You're probably already familiar with the most common causes of sweaty feet. Closed-toed shoes, hot temperatures, stress, or nervousness, are the main culprits, explains Dan Michaels, DPM.  Dr. Michaels recommends switching to socks and shoes made of breathable fabrics. The best socks for sweaty feet are made from moisture-wicking materials,...

Women with Hammertoes Often Told to Buy Men's Shoes: MD Podiatrist Apr 29th, 2022

Although hammertoes can affect men and women equally, the foot shape often differs between the sexes, notes Dan Michaels, DPM. “Women tend to have an overall narrower, shorter, and thinner foot versus their male counterparts, while men will have wider, bulkier, and deeper shoe shapes than women,” he says.  ...

MD Podiatrist Cautions Diabetic Patients to Take Wounds Seriously Apr 28th, 2022

Maryland residents dealing with foot ailments due to the effects of diabetes should know that it is a serious health problem that demands treatment, according to  Dan Michaels, DPM, a podiatrist who specializes in diabetic foot care along with  his regular practice.     “Diabetic foot ulcers are one of...

MD Podiatrist Provides Advice on Returning to Outdoor Activities Apr 27th, 2022

Now that spring is here, mandates are relaxing and people are eager to get their pre-pandemic bodies and hobbies back, they are hitting the pavement, said Dan Michaels, DPM. Many are exacerbating existing foot injuries or creating new ones. “People thought they could just return to where they left off or...

MD Podiatrist Discusses the Use of Epsom Salts Apr 26th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Scientifically-speaking, we cannot say that soaking in Epsom salts really does anything. Maybe more important to the benefits of Epsom salt soaks is the associated use of moist heat, which has a long and well-researched history of positive health consequences. Hydrotherapy is a widely used...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Bromhidrosis Apr 25th, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM shares, "Smelly feet are something that nobody likes to deal with. They can be caused by bacteria and/or fungus that grow on our feet. Sometimes, smelly feet can occur due to over sweating or hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating can cause a perfect environment for fungus and bacteria to...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Muscle Cramping Apr 19th, 2022

"You’re lying in bed, warm, relaxed, finally shedding the tension of your day, drifting off to sleep. Suddenly, quite forcibly, your calf muscle contracts sharply, uncontrollably. An alternate scenario: a soccer player, an hour into an intense match, falls to the ground, dropped by a “charley-horse.” Most athletes have experienced...

Moisturizers Worsen Athlete's Foot: MD Podiatrist Apr 18th, 2022

Many people confuse dry, cracked skin for athlete's foot. "Athlete's foot commonly looks like scaling on the bottom of the feet and can easily be mistaken for dry skin," says Dan Michaels, DPM.  Fungus feeds off moist environments, so moisturizing your feet will further worsen athlete's foot and prevent it...

Early Signs of Diabetic Foot Often More Noticeable at Night: MD Podiatrist Apr 17th, 2022

The condition diabetic foot affects about half of people with diabetes. "This can be a serious condition, because peripheral neuropathy can lead to increased falls, cause pain, and lead to decreased quality of life," says Dan Michaels, DPM.   Recognizing the early signs of diabetic foot is essential, but can...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Treatment of Corns and Calluses in Runners Apr 17th, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM says that runners are more likely to develop calluses on the sole of the foot due to the higher mileage and time on their feet. "For some runners, the development of this thickened callus tissue can become painful, and they require debridement or reduction of this tissue."...

Nurses Should Invest in Compression Stockings: MD Podiatrist Apr 16th, 2022

  Dan Michaels, DPM recommends that nurses consider wearing compression stockings, especially if they spend the majority of their shifts standing. He explained that compression stockings can be helpful because veins have valves that push blood back up where it needs to go, but when you’re standing, gravity takes a...

MD Podiatrist Provides 4 Steps to Prevent Diabetic Amputations Apr 15th, 2022

  Diabetic foot is progressive, meaning it gets worse over time, and is a leading cause of foot amputations. However, most amputations can be avoided with early intervention. "People tend to wait too long," says Dan Michaels, DPM. If wounds occur in the feet, they're slow to heal because adequate...

The Importance of Foot Health Increases as You Age: MD Podiatrist Apr 14th, 2022

Over your lifetime, your feet will carry you more than 216 million steps, or more than 100,000 miles.That’s a lot of time spent on your feet and, as you age, it becomes more important than ever to take good care of them. “People unable to move about suffer numerous physical,...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Recovery Footwear Apr 13th, 2022

“Foot recovery in general is an increasingly popular concept with products including foot massage tools, recovery socks, and now recovery footwear,” Dan Michaels, DPM said. “Recovery footwear often includes arch support, cushioning and...softer fabrics intended to allow the feet to take a break.” Dr. Michaels also observed that you don’t...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Workout Socks Apr 12th, 2022

When it comes to workouts, it may seem like one sock fits all—but the truth is, what’s on your feet can make a difference in your fitness routine. “By being mindful about your sock selection, you can avoid some of the headaches and performance issues that get in the way...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Transitioning Kids from Winter to Spring Sports Apr 12th, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM talked about how important it is to see your podiatrist when parents notice any sort of lower extremity pain including but not limited to hip, knee, ankle, and foot pain. "Many orthopedic problems in kids, especially athletes, stem from poor foot biomechanics. Looking at the child's foot...

MD Podiatrist Discusses ICP and Itchy Feet During Pregnancy Apr 11th, 2022

Cholestasis, also known as intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) or obstetric cholestasis, is a liver condition that affects about one or two of every 1,000 expectant parents. It’s also a potential cause of itching in pregnancy, particularly if you are experiencing itchiness of the feet and hands. Dan Michaels, DPM,...

Diabetics Need Proper Footwear, Even at Home: MD Podiatrist Apr 11th, 2022

Correct footwear is essential to one’s diabetes toolkit. “Elevation of sugar levels in the body leads to breakdown of the nerve endings and the blood vessels,” says  Dan Michaels, DPM.  This becomes especially prevalent in the feet, since they are the furthest extremity from the heart and spine. Decreased nerve...

4 Factors to Look for in a Winter Boot: MD Podiatrist Apr 10th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, there are four factors to consider when shopping for a sturdy, warm winter boot: 1) Width to ensure adequate space for the forefoot—“especially for people with bunions. 2) Traction to prevent slippage—usually in the form of a thick, grippy rubber sole.   3) A low...

DFUs Require Immediate Action: MD Podiatrist Apr 9th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that occurs in about one quarter of patients with diabetes. They are commonly located on the bottom of the foot. These ulcers increase admission to the hospital and amputations, with about a quarter being admitted...

Holidays Increase the Risk of a Gout Attack: MD Podiatrist Apr 8th, 2022

Your feet can sometimes feel the effects of too much holiday cheer. Foods and beverages high in purines, such as shellfish, red meat, red wine, and beer can trigger extremely painful gout attacks, a condition when uric acid builds up and crystallizes in and around your joints. According to foot...

Walking During The Pandemic Improves Health: MD Podiatrist Apr 7th, 2022

“With COVID lockdowns and restrictions, people tend to be more sedentary, perhaps sitting and working longer hours than usual, possibly eating more out of boredom or seeking comfort. All of these lead to extra strain on your joints,” explains Dan Michaels, DPM.    “Walking and moving actually lubricates the soft...

Diabetics Need Periodic Exams to Assess Risks: MD Podiatrist Apr 6th, 2022

The majority of diabetics regularly check their blood sugar to make sure it stays at an acceptable level. However, they also need to check their feet just as often. Diabetes can affect the body in many ways. The longer diabetes is in place, the higher blood sugars can complicate blood...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Uses of Compression Socks Apr 5th, 2022

What are compression socks for? Well, that depends on who you talk to, as athletes, medical workers, and those who are pregnant or suffering from foot conditions can benefit from wearing them. "Some may use them for leg ulcers, others to improve circulation, while others still can even use them...

Losing Protective Threshold is Major Risk to Diabetics: MD Podiatrist Apr 4th, 2022

According to podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM, there are two primary ways that diabetes affects feet. One is neuropathy, in which people experience anything from “odd sensations in the feet, all the way to no sensation in the feet.” Burning, stinging, or even cold sensations can occur with neuropathy as well....

MD Podiatrist Discusses Flat Feet Apr 4th, 2022

If you have flat feet, the entire sole of your foot touches the floor, meaning you need all the support you can get to prevent discomfort and injury. Although Dan Michaels, DPM said kids with flat feet typically don’t experience pain because their feet are still flexible and malleable, complications...

MD Podiatrist Advocates for Moderation in Platform Shoe Heights Apr 3rd, 2022

Newly popular again, platforms boost your stature and are comfy to boot—but they’re not risk-free. Dan Michaels, DPM warns that platform lovers might pay down the line. While many women experience little foot pain in platforms, he said, if you wear super-high ones regularly after your late 40s, they can...

MD Podiatrist Comments on the Evolution of Patient-Specific Implants Apr 2nd, 2022

"The technology behind patient-specific surgical implants will continue to adapt and evolve over the next decade. As we focus our attention to improving patient outcomes, it is without a doubt among the most vital aspects of biomedical engineering research in our time. These implants continue to be improved year after...

COVID-19 Keeps MD Podiatrist Busy Apr 1st, 2022

COVID-19 is keeping podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM on his toes.  Dr. Michaels is seeing many patients with pandemic related foot issues. “A lot of people went from having a wide ranging area to walk, to mostly being in their houses, in their kitchens,”  Dr. Michaels said. “In Maryland, we have...

Wearing Slippers is Basically the Same as Walking Barefoot: MD Podiatrist Mar 31st, 2022

“Seniors often think they’re doing themselves a favor by wearing slippers, but slippers are basically the same as walking barefoot,” says podiatric surgeon Dan Michaels, DPM. “Podiatrists across the country have been seeing a ton more heel pain during the coronavirus pandemic because people have been home and walking around...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Select Shoes for Bunions Mar 30th, 2022

There are plenty of common foot ailments that lead to pain, like plantar fasciitis, flat feet, and high arches. Bunions, however, can be particularly painful. It has sent many people, primarily women, to the podiatrist’s office, as Dan Michaels, DPM can attest. The good news is that, according to Dr....

MD Podiatrist Explains How to Choose Winter Shoes Mar 29th, 2022

According to Maryland-based podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM, "A textured sole is important for traction, especially during inclement weather. And it’s also really important to look at the stitching to make sure it’s tight if you’re looking for a waterproof boot," she advised. If you're specifically looking for ankle boots, she...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Treatment of Verrucae Mar 29th, 2022

Plantar warts are hard growths caused by the HPV virus that appear on the bottoms of the feet — while they can be a nuisance and sometimes painful, they aren't generally serious and may even clear up with over-the-counter remedies. Duct tape, topical acids, and cryotherapy are several common methods...

Light Therapy May Offer Relief for OA of the Foot & Ankle: MD Podiatrist Mar 28th, 2022

Mobility can be an issue as you get older, but the problem may begin with foot pain or soreness which makes it harder to walk, stand up, or climb stairs. It can affect balance, and could involve other parts of the body such as the knees and spine. "Ignoring foot...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Best Skin Exfoliants for Feet Mar 27th, 2022

“The skin is thickest on the bottom of your feet to help minimize shock,” says Dan Michaels, DPM. “But over time, the stress and friction imposed on your feet from everyday mileage can cause them to become parched, cracked, and in some cases even bleed.”   In terms of exfoliation,...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Pickleball Injuries Mar 26th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, feet can bear the brunt of the hard stops, starts, and stretches that are common in a pickleball court. “Aside from the acute injuries, pickleball players can experience heel bruising, which occurs when the pad of fat surrounding the heel bone is damaged due to...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Osteoarthritis of Feet and Ankles Mar 25th, 2022

While many types of arthritis can exist in the foot and ankle, osteoarthritis is the most prevalent. Commonly referred to as the “wear and tear” disease, osteoarthritis is joint breakdown over long periods of time. “Our joint surfaces are made of a shock absorbing force called cartilage. Cartilage is what...

Avoid Stretching When You Have Acute Foot Pain: MD Podiatrist Mar 25th, 2022

Telltale signs of flat feet are a lack of an arch and a wide footbed, both of which can make you more susceptible to pain. “They can occur from your genetics or from years of overuse in unsupportive shoes or from an abnormal gait, for example,” says Dan Michaels, DPM....

MD Podiatrist Discusses Causes and Prevention of VTEs Mar 24th, 2022

Blood clotting—also known as venous thromboembolism (VTE)—is a necessary function in the human body for wound healing and for stopping bleeding, but blood clots can also be dangerous if they form in the wrong place and don't dissolve. According to the CDC, 900,000 Americans a year are affected by blood...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Contributing Factors for DFUs Mar 24th, 2022

“Two common contributing factors to the high incidence of diabetic foot ulcers: peripheral neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease,” said Dan Michaels, DPM. The nerve damage resulting from peripheral neuropathy can cause numbness in the hands and feet, leading to foot ulcers. “For example, if they step on something like a...

Overuse Injuries More Common as We Age: MD Podiatrist Mar 23rd, 2022

  According to Dan Michaels, DPM,  adults are generally more likely to have foot issues — including foot pain — as they get older. There can be several causes, but the most common is overuse and the way your feet change over time. "As we age, our feet tend to...

Larva Therapy Makes a Comeback: MD Podiatrist Mar 23rd, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM faced a predicament. He had a patient with an open wound that he needed to clean to remove dead tissue that could prevent proper healing, or worse. Infection could lead to severe pain and require limb amputation. But he didn’t have access to an operating room. Left...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Choose Shoes for Weight Lifting Mar 22nd, 2022

“I’ve heard people call shoes coffins for your feet,” says Dan Michaels, DPM. That may sound a little dramatic, but “when you wear shoes all day, your foot becomes very passive, and the muscles just don’t work as well.” Shoes will obviously protect your feet from rogue weights, but a...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Achilles Tendon Pain Mar 22nd, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Many Americans suffer from a tight Achilles tendon. This is the largest tendon in the body, with the most force running through it. When tight, it alters the function, the mechanics, of many joints, muscles, ligaments, and more. With excessive pull of the Achilles on...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Foot Problems Due to Middle Age Mar 21st, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM believes adopting a more active lifestyle in our 40s to halt middle-age spread contributes to increasing foot problems. This, wearing tight shoes for work all day, and aging mean a deterioration of the soft tissue, bones, and joints in our feet, he adds.   The result: Hard...

Flip-Flops Tied to Surge in Teenage Heel Pain: MD Podiatrist Mar 21st, 2022

Many are welcoming the warmer weather sporting flip-flop sandals; however, their popularity among teens and young adults is responsible for a growing epidemic of heel pain in this population, Dan Michaels, DPM says.   “We’re seeing more heel pain than ever in patients 15 to 25 years old, a group...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Diabetes and Hypertension Mar 20th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "If your diabetes is mismanaged, then you might be setting off a  chain reaction of events such as hypertension (high blood pressure), which can lead to heart disease and peripheral neuropathy. In fact, two-thirds of people with type 2 diabetes experience hypertension."   "Hypertension and...

Foot Doctors are Often the First to Identify PAD: MD Podiatrist Mar 19th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common condition affecting almost 20 million Americans. Not that long ago, it was thought of as a rarity, not the common problem it is. Some estimates claim as much as 10 to 20% of the U.S. population are afflicted...

Don't Wait For Treatment Of Ingrown Toenails: MD Podiatrist Mar 19th, 2022

Multiple experts advised that you shouldn’t wait to get help if you have foot pain, as there are many available treatments. Early intervention can help you prevent worse problems later on. For example, Dan Michaels, DPM, said there’s a very simple solution to ingrown toenails, a common cause of foot pain....

Dehydration is Most Common Cause of Toe Cramps: MD Podiatrist Mar 18th, 2022

According to podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM, what’s happening in the body when someone gets a toe cramp depends on the exact cause. That’s why it’s so important to determine the root issue. One super common reason for toe cramps according to Dr. Michaels is dehydration. Simply put, not drinking enough...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Choosing Hiking Boots Mar 18th, 2022

"A lot of the people who thru-hike the Appalachian Trail and do big ultramarathons are doing those events in trail running shoes, and not boots," says Dan Michaels, DPM.   "My basic recommendations are to find a shoe that has appropriate traction for what you're aiming to do, but keeps the...

Edema of Feet and Ankles Often a Vascular Issue: MD Podiatrist Mar 17th, 2022

Swelling in the feet and ankles is a common problem that can cause discomfort and pain. There are many different reasons why your feet and ankles might swell, and treatment will depend on the cause. Circulation decreases as we age, which can cause blood to pool in the veins of...

MD Podiatrist Explains Why Women's Feet Hurt More Often in Autumn Mar 17th, 2022

Fall is not always a fun time of year for some women. According to Dan Michaels, DPM, two of the most common types of pain women feel in their feet during the transition from open-toed shoes to enclosed shoes or high heels come from bunions or hammertoes. A common myth...

Podiatrist Discusses Ingrown Toenails Mar 16th, 2022

Ingrown toenails can occur on any toe, Dan Michaels, DPM, a foot and ankle surgeon states. That said, they're most commonly found on the big toe. The first thing people usually notice is pain around the toenail, Dr. Michaels says. That pain might feel like something's cutting into the skin....

MD Podiatrist Discusses Supination Mar 16th, 2022

If you’re someone who tends to put extra pressure on the outer parts of your feet while walking or running, your feet supinate. Supination happens when your weight rolls to the outside edges of your feet. It’s associated with people who have high arches, says Dan Michaels, DPM.   “If someone...

MD Podiatrist Describes Characteristics of a Good Walking Shoe Mar 15th, 2022

Walking has historically been an under-rated workout, but in the age of step-counting apps and pedometers, it's finally getting the love it deserves. You can do this low-impact exercise virtually anywhere, anytime, getting your daily calorie burn in while toning your lower body—often without breaking a sweat. Aside from a...

Staying Active and Avoiding Weight Gain Means Healthier Feet: MD Podiatrist Mar 14th, 2022

When you think about health and fitness, your feet may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But, the condition of your feet and ankles has a big impact on mobility and wellness. Except for the hand, no other part of the body has as many moving parts...

Waterproof Shoes Can Prevent Foot Problems: MD Podiatrist Mar 14th, 2022

 Dr. Michaels states "whether running, hiking, or walking the dog, our feet go through so much. It's better to treat them with great care now than to regret it later," Dr. Michaels    He is referring to the blisters and sore feet you might get from wearing wet shoes, not...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Hiking Shoes Mar 13th, 2022

Traction is a huge consideration, and your needs will vary based on where you normally walk. If you’re an avid hiker, for example, you’ll want hiking shoes that provide lots of traction for the various types of terrain you’ll encounter. “The outersole should possess grip or traction appropriate for the...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Benefits of Ankle Replacement vs. Fusion Mar 12th, 2022

Something as simple as walking affects the quality of life... just like going up and down stairs, driving, or anything that involves ankle range of motion What is the solution? “What we’ve been doing for a long time is fusing the ankle. What we’re doing now is restoring motion by...

MD Podiatrist To Discuss Treatment of Ingrown Toenails Mar 11th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "The simple ingrown nail can lead to serious problems, even amputation. Because diabetes results in impaired immune function, any infection can have dire consequences. Adding to this is the gradual neuropathy that occurs with this ubiquitous disease. The diabetic with some neuropathy often won’t perceive...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Factors Affecting Running Shoe Wear Mar 10th, 2022

The idea that you need to replace your shoes regularly isn’t just a marketing ploy, Dan Michaels, DPM states. Your running sneakers actually do break down over time, starting with the foam that cushions each collision with the ground. While the type of shoe you buy matters for longevity, other...

Shoe Size Varies From Brand to Brand: MD Podiatrist Mar 9th, 2022

How can shoes be ill-suited for your feet? Let us count the ways. You could be wearing shoes that simply don’t fit. Maybe they’re a half-size too small, and they pinch your feet, or maybe they’re too large, and your feet are sliding around in them, which may cause blisters. ...

MD Podiatrist Warns Against Walking Barefoot While on Planes Mar 8th, 2022

According to podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM, people are putting themselves in danger by going barefoot on planes. He states that walking barefoot on a plane can expose people to bacteria and viruses.   "You could also pick up fungus, not to mention the millions of germs and bacteria that you...

Diabetics Need to be Examined at Least Twice a Year: MD Podiatrist Mar 8th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "If you're among the millions of people in the U.S. diagnosed with diabetes, you've probably learned about the importance of managing your medications, adapting your diet, and incorporating activity into your lifestyle. But what do you know about foot care? One of the complications of...

Lifestyle Changes Help Keep Foot Pain at Bay: MD Podiatrist Mar 7th, 2022

Supportive shoes and lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy weight, are the best bets for keeping foot pain at bay, said Dan Michaels, DPM. Sneakers are always a good choice, but if you insist on slippers or sandals at home, choose a pair with arch support.   “If someone can...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How Diet Affects Gout Mar 7th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "A gouty attack during the holidays can cancel your plans and ruin all your fun. Changes in your diet, including overindulging in certain foods and beverages, can trigger more gouty attacks this time of year. Foods and beverages that are high in purines should be...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Conservative Vs. Surgical Treatment of Bunions Mar 6th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, “In evaluating a bunion, your practitioner will likely examine your foot structure, examine your big toe joint, and order x-rays of your foot. Bunions are progressive and can become larger over time. Treatment options include both conservative and surgical options. Conservative treatment options focus on...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Pre-Diabetes Mar 6th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Pre-diabetes is a serious condition in which blood glucose levels are elevated above normal but not yet to the level of diabetes. One in three Americans have pre-diabetes, and of those, 80% don’t know it. Testing is critical to determine your risk for pre-diabetes." "Lessening...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Diabetic Foot Complications Mar 5th, 2022

Serious foot conditions can be part of diabetes. For instance, nerve damage—or neuropathy—is a loss of sensation that can occur due to uncontrolled diabetes, says Dan Michaels, DPM. "[Neuropathy] can then result in calluses, which can lead to diabetic ulcers," she explains. In severe cases, this can also cause foot...

MD Podiatrist Warns Against Walking Barefoot at Home During Pandemic Mar 5th, 2022

Working at home has led many people in America to go barefoot, in socks or slippers. In New York City the trend can be very large, as in Manhattan only 28% of workers have returned to their offices. And although it seems like a very comfortable option, doctors are finding...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Prevent Achilles Injuries Mar 4th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body. Ninety percent of people who live in Western society have a tight Achilles tendon due to wearing shoes; this condition is called Achilles equinus. When the leg is perfectly straight, the foot should...

Foot Injuries Often Affect Other Parts of the Body: MD Podiatrist Mar 4th, 2022

The feet are the main platform on which the body sits. It is for both physical and mental balance; wellness begins precisely there, at the base that sustains us. From feet, we can reveal the most diverse ailments and diseases.   According to specialists, the injuries of the feet often...

MD Podiatrist Dispels Myth That People Have to Live With Foot Pain Mar 3rd, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM people typically seek medical care for their feet when they begin experiencing or noticing pain. "A lot of people think they have to live with foot pain at the end of the day after they get done at their job," Michaels said, though this is...

MD Podiatrist Provides Advice on Finding the Right Running or Walking Shoes Mar 3rd, 2022

For starters, make sure the shoe fits. “A lot of people wear the wrong sized shoe,” Dan Michaels, DPM says. “We typically see people choosing shoes that are too small, and over time, that causes problems. As people age, feet can grow wider or flatter, especially into our fourth decade...

MD Podiatrist Explains Dangers of Latest TikTok Fad Mar 3rd, 2022

Can you simply spray away your foot pain? Podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM weighs in on a TikTok trend where women are spraying their feet with lidocaine to relieve high heel pain. Dr. Michaels shares that this is so dangerous because it will block your pain receptors, and you can damage...

Pandemic Has Taken its Toll on Feet: MD Podiatrist Mar 2nd, 2022

Foot pain has been on the rise during the pandemic, as people working from home kicked off their supportive shoes in favor of flimsy slippers and flip-flops, while others used the time to become more active, which put new strain on their feet. "In March 2020, I said ... 'Oh,...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Morton's Neuroma Mar 2nd, 2022

One of the most common foot conditions, Morton's neuroma, affects about a third of U.S. adults, according to the Cleveland Clinic. It's an inflammation of a bundle of nerves between the toes, most commonly the third and fourth toe, notes Dan Michaels, DPM.   "With continued inflammation and entrapment, the...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Flatfoot Syndrome Mar 1st, 2022

“Flat arches are commonly seen in adults and children,” says podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM. “It is most commonly hereditary, but it can also be acquired with time, in conjunction with all the cumulative ground-reactive forces exerted on the feet with walking, as well as certain medical conditions.”   If you’ve...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Calluses Feb 28th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Calluses are one of the most common foot skin complaints experienced by people of all ages. They often become a greater problem with time, as the skin learns to make callus better, over the years. Heart function decreases so that the skin gets less blood,...

MD Podiatrist Provides Post-Marathon Advice Feb 27th, 2022

How you recover from a marathon is incredibly important for reducing soreness, preventing injury, and getting you back into training shape for whenever you’re ready to race again. Dan Michaels, DPM says a yoga class is a good idea because it “allows you to go through a plethora of stretches to...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Shoes to Wear Around the House Feb 26th, 2022

Ultimately, your feet will determine what is best to wear around the house. “If someone has foot problems and pain, it’s best to wear supportive shoes with socks, even inside the home,” said Dan Michaels, DPM.  “If someone has no foot problems, barefoot is acceptable.” He added that for most...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Choose Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis Feb 25th, 2022

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the heel that can cause lots of distress and discomfort. “Everyone has a rubber band-like structure, the plantar fascia, on the bottom of our feet that attach our heel bone to the front of our foot,” explains Dan Michaels, DPM. “When this rubber band...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Buy Socks for Boots Feb 25th, 2022

Going totally sockless inside a pair of boots is a terrible idea and can create ongoing problems for your feet. "Blisters may form from the constant friction between the boot and your foot; fungal infections may arise due to excessive moisture, especially between the toes; you may get skin abrasions...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Feb 24th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition that can cause pain with every step you take. Tarsal tunnel, similar to carpal tunnel in the wrist, is a compressed or pinched nerve that occurs at the inside of the ankle. Symptoms can occur at the ankle, the...

Foot Care An Essential Part of Treating Diabetes: MD Podiatrist Feb 23rd, 2022

Foot care is an important part of treating your diabetes. In fact, keeping an eye on your feet can help prevent major problems, including amputation. “In the diabetic patient, there are many complications involving the lower limbs,” says Dan Michaels, DPM. “The feet are important in our day-to-day lives. If...

Laser Treatment Effective in Treating Onychomycosis: MD Podiatrist Feb 23rd, 2022

Whether you consistently opt for a perfectly-polished pedicure or you prefer a more au natural look, one thing’s for sure: nobody wants discolored nails. According to Dan Michaels, DPM, while several things can negatively impact the color and texture of nails, fungus is usually the leading culprit. "Yellow or brown...

Crocs Have Many Uses, But They are Not for Hiking: MD Podiatrist Feb 22nd, 2022

According to podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM, Crocs are great to wear after any kind of foot surgery or for diabetes sufferers in hot climates. This is down to their wide fit with a large toe box and ventilation that helps your feet breathe. Another benefit is that Crocs are lined...

Knee Pain Likely Related to Running Form: MD Podiatrist Feb 21st, 2022

Any knee pain you experience while running is very likely related to your form. If you're experiencing pain in both knees, "[this] is often caused by alignment issues stemming from our foundation: the feet," explained Dan Michaels, DPM. "If the feet are not transferring ground reaction forces properly up the...

Diabetics Need Annual Foot Exam to Assess Ulcer Risk: MD Podiatrist Feb 19th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "to establish a correct preventive approach, it is necessary to evaluate the degree of risk that the patient with diabetes has of developing a foot ulcer. It is necessary to know the neurological and vascular status, and the presence of deformities and, in this risk...

Hyperhidrosis Can Cause Peeling of the Feet: MD Podiatrist Feb 18th, 2022

Hyperhidrosis, which causes excessive sweating, is a genetic condition brought on by overactivity in the sympathetic nerves responsible for your fight-or-flight response, explains Dan Michaels, DPM. This also controls the sweat glands in your hands, feet, and other areas. “Moisture and darkness cause fungus to grow on your feet, and...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Bunions And How They Happen Feb 18th, 2022

Bunions have sent many people, primarily women, to the podiatrist’s office, as Dan Michaels, DPM, can attest. The good news is that, according to Dr. Michaels, with early intervention it is possible to avoid bunions.    There are a lot of misconceptions about bunions and what causes them, with many...

Good Foot Hygiene Prevents Infections: MD Podiatrist Feb 18th, 2022

We all know it’s crucial to wash our armpits and nether regions when we bathe—of this there is no doubt. We’re well-versed in the importance of hand-washing, and if you’ve ever been a greasy, hormonal teenager, you know why your face and hair need to be cleaned regularly. But the...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Choose a Nail Salon Feb 18th, 2022

According to Forbes, we don't spend enough time grooming our feet, and this neglect can lead to calluses, cracked heels, and shapeless toenails. However, these can be quickly taken care of with one good pedicure. Dan Michaels, DPM, recommends only choosing nail salons that drain, sanitize, and rinse the foot baths...

MD Podiatrist Has Discussion on Onychomycosis Feb 17th, 2022

“The most common (nail) issue is onychomycosis,” says Dan Michaels, DPM. “This is typically the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot. It’s very transmittable and very easy to pick up walking around barefoot, where other people have either a nail fungus or an athlete’s foot infection.”   According to Dr....

Ketogenic Diet as a Treatment For Neuropathy: MDPodiatrist Feb 17th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "An estimated 30 million Americans suffer from some form of neuropathy. Unfortunately, a clear majority are never informed of the presence of this condition, unaware they cannot trust how their feet feel. Because they are not experiencing pain does not mean there isn’t a problem....

MD Podiatrist Discusses Best Treatment for Blisters Feb 16th, 2022

“A blister forms as a protective mechanism to protect irritated skin,” says Dan Michaels, DPM.  “The fluid in them is filled with cells which are actually trying to heal and protect the skin. The bubble around that allows the area to begin healing,” he says. Foot blisters often form when...

Pregnant Women Require More Supportive Shoes: MD Podiatrist Feb 16th, 2022

Expecting a child is a beautiful experience, but it also comes with many trials. Aside from updating your closet to include maternity clothing, your current shoe collection goes on a temporary hiatus. "The further women go into their pregnancy, the need for arch support increases," said Dan Michaels, DPM. Most...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Choose and Break in Hiking Boots Feb 15th, 2022

For a pain-free experience while on your nature walk, it’s good to ensure your boots fit you properly. “Hiking boots should fit snugly in width, but not tight,” Dan Michaels, DPM says. “For length, there should be 3/8 inches from the tip of the longest toe to the end of...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Choose Shoes for Flat Feet Feb 15th, 2022

Finding heels that you can wear comfortably all day is a feat for anyone, and that’s particularly true if you have flat feet. “Wearing shoes with more structure and support, especially for people with flat feet, is not only more comfortable but also healthier overall,” Dan Michaels, DPM states. According...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Bunion Feb 14th, 2022

“Bunions can develop for various reasons, but they are caused when the big toe begins leaning at an angle toward the other toes, creating a bump,” said Dan Michaels, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist with offices in Maryland.   Dr. Michaels said, “Bunions can form slowly over time, so it’s best...

MD Podiatrist Provides Advice on Plantar Fasciitis Feb 12th, 2022

"Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation or microscopic tearing of the plantar fascia—the tendon-like connective tissue that joins your heel to the front of your foot," explains podiatrist, Dan Michaels, DPM. It's one of the most common foot ailments that podiatrists see (about 10 percent of adults in the United States...

Don't Play Through the Pain of an Ankle Sprain: MD Podiatrist Feb 11th, 2022

Starting a new fitness routine as part of your New Year’s resolutions? Protecting your feet is critical. “‘No pain, no gain’ may be a motto for most workouts, but ‘too much, too soon’ can lead to foot and ankle injuries, which can sabotage fitness goals,” says Dan Michaels, DPM.   ...

Weight Gain a Contributing Factor to Foot Injuries: MD Podiatrist Feb 10th, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM says seniors are prone to foot injuries, and weight gain is often a contributing factor. Injuries are largely due to wear and tear over years of walking, running, and constant pressure on the feet. Every step exerts four times your body weight of pressure on your ankle....

MD Podiatrist Discusses Diabetic Neuropathy Feb 10th, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM, states, “For pain control, mild cases of diabetic neuropathy pain can be managed well with a complex mix of vitamins, most notably Vitamin B1 and r-lipoic acid. We offer these in all of our locations and these are geared specifically toward diabetic neuropathy. Moderate to severe neuropathy...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Importance of Buying the Right Athletic Shoe Feb 9th, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM, specializes in podiatry and helping patients fix their feet. The most important purchase for any runner is the right athletic shoe, he said. “If you go play tennis, you don’t take a ping-pong paddle with you,” Dr. Michaels said. “You need the right equipment, and the main...

MD Podiatrist Recommends Wearing Compression Socks on Long Flights Feb 9th, 2022

Whether you’re getting on a plane for work or hitting the road for a quick getaway, traveling to your destination is about to get a lot better — and healthier. You may pack the key necessities for avoiding COVID-19 - like hand sanitizer and face masks, for example - but...

MD Podiatrist Provides Tips on Buying Running Shoes Feb 8th, 2022

When in doubt about buying running shoes, always go for comfort, says Dan Michaels, DPM. “There is not one brand or model that works for all runners or all foot types,” he notes. “Instead, focus on the feel and the fit, and trust your instincts.”   Be sure to give...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Treatments for Heel Pain In Runners Feb 8th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "The treatment for heel pain is rest, ice, stretching, and support. I recommend taking a break for a few weeks to help in your recovery. If you decide to continue to run, take it easy and reduce the number of miles. Avoiding hills also is...

Highly Cushioned Running Shoes Not for Everyone: MD Podiatrist Feb 8th, 2022

Choosing comfortable running shoes seems simple enough: Find the cushiest insoles possible and bounce along on your run, right? Wrong! Cushioning in running shoes is not just about pillowy insoles. It's also about adding shock absorption and a spring to your step, according to Dan Michaels, DPM. Too much of...

Proper Shoes Can Help Prevent Falls: MD Podiatrist Feb 7th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Falls put seniors at risk of serious injury including hip fractures and head injury. Fortunately, most falls result in only minor scrapes and bruises, if that. But they can be frightening, and even if there’s little physical harm, people sometimes develop a strong fear of...

Strength and Stability Exercises Can Reduce Ankle Injuries: MD Podiatrist Feb 7th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "One of the most common of injuries in sports, if not the most common, remains injury to the ankle. That alone is good reason to pay big attention to strengthening them, but that is not the only one. Strengthening both feet and ankles can enhance...

Leather Softening Product Can Help Break-in Boots: MD Podiatrist Feb 5th, 2022

Ah, the boot, fall’s quintessential footwear. While it's fun to shop for all the textures, shapes, and heel heights, boots can nevertheless sometimes prove to be a pain to break in—specifically by causing blisters and bunions. In addition to these common side-effects of new footwear, podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM, cites...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Custom Orthotics for Young Athletes Feb 4th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, “Custom orthotics are of great benefit for young athletes in all sports. The prevention of many foot, ankle, and knee overuse problems is one of the biggest. Regardless of particular sport, proper and optimum foot alignment and biomechanics are key. Enhanced performance like better balance,...

Playing Through Ankle Sprains Can Cause Further Damage: MD Podiatrist Feb 4th, 2022

Starting a new fitness routine as part of your New Year’s resolutions? Protecting your feet is critical. “No pain, no gain may be a motto for most workouts, but too much, too soon can lead to foot and ankle injuries, which can sabotage fitness goals,” says Dan Michaels, DPM.    Playing through...

Unsterilized Salon Tools Can Lead to Infections: MD Podiatrist Feb 3rd, 2022

A woman in Tampa, Florida whose leg was amputated after a pedicure recently received a $1.75 million settlement for the incident, local news station WFLA reported. Podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM states that people can receive skin and nail infections if tools aren't cleaned and sterilized properly. These infections include bacterial,...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Prevention of Dance Injuries Feb 2nd, 2022

Dan Michaels, DPM,  notes that intense, repeated motions that suddenly increase in frequency may lead to overuse injuries like metatarsal stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis, or shin splints. You can also develop posterior impingements from excessive pointework. But injury could happen almost anywhere if you aren’t prepared, as deconditioned muscles fatigue...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Treatment of Onychomycosis Feb 2nd, 2022

“Once nails start to display changes, it is important to attempt treatment as soon as possible to give the best attempt to improve the appearance of the nail,” says Dan Michaels, DPM. If the cause is a fungus, topical anti-fungal medications may show some signs of improvement, but seldom eradicate...

Dehydration Can Worsen Plantar Fasciitis: MD Podiatrist Jan 31st, 2022

A lack of H2O affects just about every system and part of your body, and your plantar fascia is no different. "Dehydration can lead to diminishing the lubricant fluid around tendons and ligaments that prevent overuse injuries," Dan Michaels, DPM says. This translates to potential micro-tearing and scarring of the...

Indoor Footgear Necessary During the Pandemic: MD Podiatrist Jan 31st, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "The pandemic certainly hasn’t been good for our mental health, nor our physical well-being since many of us are getting far less activity. What about the consequences of strolling around the house in our pajamas and socks? It is surprising to many how significant they...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Avoid Frostbite Jan 28th, 2022

To help us take care of our feet this winter, Dan Michaels, DPM shared some tips on how to avoid frostbite. Easier said than done, right? Not really, explains Dr. Michaels. To keep frostbite far, far away from your toes, limit your time outdoors to a minimum.     “Don’t...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction Jan 27th, 2022

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, also known as progressive collapsing foot deformity, occurs with aging and wear and tear, resulting in a painful flatfoot. It occurs when chronic stress is placed on the posterior tibial tendon and other soft tissue structures of the arch, resulting in...

Salon-Induced Infection More Common Than You Think: MD Podiatrist Jan 26th, 2022

You may have never given a second thought to the state of the equipment during your nail appointments, but Dan Michaels, DPM states that salon-induced infections are "more common than you would think. Throughout my years in practice, I have seen my fair share of skin and nail infections secondary to...

Podiatrist Discusses Hammertoes: MD Podiatrist Oct 22nd, 2021

According to Daniel Michaels, DPM, a foot and ankle surgeon, one of the most common types of pain women feel in their feet in autumn comes from hammertoes. “A hammertoe is a ‘bending’ or contracture deformity of one or both joints of a toe,” Dr. Michaels says. “The abnormal bending...

Overuse Injuries Often Caused by Exercise-induced Muscle Imbalance: MD Podiatrist Oct 21st, 2021

“The foot is complex and complicated,” says Daniel Michaels, DPM. “Obviously their function is different, but in makeup, feet are somewhat similar to the hands in terms of the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.” Dr. Michaels notes that although things like tendonitis and plantar fasciitis, can be aggravated by foot type,...

MD Podiatrist Tells Explains Milk Crate Challenge Is So Dangerous Oct 21st, 2021

The #MilkCrateChallenge begins with collecting an almost incomprehensible number of empty plastic milk crates, stacking them to form a makeshift staircase, and then attempting to climb said creation. It's not clear how or why this TikTok trend began, although it seems to have reached a fever pitch over the course...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Pros and Cons of Foam Clogs Oct 20th, 2021

The pros: "Because they are so spacious, foam clogs are a comfortable and convenient option for those who have foot deformities such as hammertoes, foot swelling, or pain from an injury. The cushiony feel is a welcome reprieve for those with arch or foot pain. They’re also a great choice...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Achilles Tendinitis Oct 20th, 2021

If you were a high school or college athlete, then you’re probably familiar with the fragility of the Achilles tendon. But you don’t need to be a super jock to have an Achilles affliction. Achilles tendinitis is another type of heel pain, which originates at the back of the heel...

MD Podiatrist Describes How Custom Orthotics Function Oct 19th, 2021

According to Daniel Michaels, DPM, "Our musculoskeletal system functions to keep us upright and moving from point A to point B via the act of ambulation, a task critical to our health and well-being. We are all different in myriad ways, some big and some small. These variations extend to...

Shoe Wear a Determinant of Foot Type: MD Podiatrist Oct 19th, 2021

"To determine your foot type, look at the soles of a pair of worn-in shoes," says Dan Michaels, DPM. This is because the wear pattern illustrates where you accumulate the most pressure when walking, he explains. People who pronate will notice that their shoes look the most worn on the...

The Key to Preventing Smelly Shoes is Eliminating Moisture: MD Podiatrist Oct 18th, 2021

According to podiatrist Daniel Michaels, DPM, the leading cause of odor in any type of shoe is moisture, "which leads to a multitude of problems, from odor-causing bacteria to fungal infections of the skin," he says. Limiting the amount of moisture in the shoe bed and lining of your shoes...

When Choosing Right Shoes, Comfort Trumps Looks: MD Podiatrist Oct 18th, 2021

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, a board-certified podiatric surgeon, only a small percentage of the population is born with foot problems. Most often, it’s neglect or a lack of proper foot care — including ill-fitting shoes — that causes the problems. "Shopping for shoes is best done in the afternoon....

MD Podiatrist Discusses Bunions Oct 17th, 2021

"A bunion happens gradually over time. Usually it's hereditary, so it happens slowly. You don't start off with it in most cases but around age thirty, forty, or fifty it starts to pop up and all of a sudden you have this growth and it looks like this thing came...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Hiking Sandals for Women Oct 16th, 2021

Most hiking sandals contain a mix of different materials or fabrics for different purposes or needs. Daniel Michaels, DPM, says most of the higher quality women’s hiking sandals feature some mixture of nylon, rubber, and sometimes ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). Yet synthetic materials are not always as comfortable as some natural...

Improper Footwear Can Cause Back Pain: MD Podiatrist Oct 16th, 2021

There are a variety of things that can lead to back pain: not stretching properly after a workout, going against nature's design and sitting for 10 hours a day in front of a computer, or...it could be because of your shoes. "Improper footwear can affect the alignment of all the...

Use Compression Socks to Treat Plantar Fasciitis: MD Podiatrist Oct 15th, 2021

If you've ever experienced plantar fasciitis, you know how agonizing it can be. The condition, which impacts a whopping 2 million Americans each year, can cause intense symptoms like pain on the bottom of the foot and achiness that gets worse when you walk. There is good news: plantar fasciitis...

September is PAD Awareness Month: MD Podiatrist Oct 15th, 2021

"September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month and is a Great Time to Knock Your Socks Off," says Dan Michaels, DPM, a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon, specializing in vascular conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. "That's because your feet could contain vital clues to clogged arteries,"...

It's Easier to Treat a Bunion if Caught Early On: MD Podiatrist Oct 14th, 2021

About one in five people will develop a bunion (or bunions) in their lifetime, Dan Michaels, DPM states.  According to MedlinePlus, a bunionectomy involves a surgeon realigning the big toe, and removing the bony bump. Dr. Michaels says he usually only recommends the procedure after a patient has tried non-surgical treatments...

MD Podiatrist Has Love/Hate Relationship with Crocs Oct 13th, 2021

Crocs have become a staple in the footwear world. The rubbery clog, which hit the market in 2002, comes in virtually every color and style imaginable. From their classic clog to their newer wedges, sneakers, and fabric-lined options, the brand is here to stay. Beloved for their comfort, versatility, and...

Do Not Rush Back to Wearing Heels and Dress Shoes: MD Podiatrist Oct 12th, 2021

Remember when you wore actual shoes? Like, to an actual office? For a lot of us, it has been a while. America’s impending return to a more traditional workplace—especially the kind whose denizens gravitate toward sensible loafers or office-appropriate heels—could be hard on the feet.    “If you haven’t exercised...

Study Shows Almost 1/3 of Children Wearing Wrong-Sized Shoes: MD Podiatrist Oct 11th, 2021

"A recent study revealed that more than a quarter of children are wearing shoes that could permanently damage their feet. A staggering 29 percent of children could be wearing shoes that are completely the wrong size. According to a survey of 2,000 parents by the College of Podiatry, a staggering...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Black Toenails Oct 11th, 2021

When your toenail turns black, you might wonder what's happening and whether you should be worried. Not only is the discoloration an eyesore, but it can also be painful. Most commonly, a black toenail signals a subungual hematoma, or blood pooling under the nail due to an acute or repetitive...

MD Podiatrist Provides Tips On Buying Dress Shoes for Bunion Patients Oct 10th, 2021

Finding a pair of dress shoes when you have bunions might be challenging, but it's definitely not impossible. The best women's dress shoes for bunions will go perfectly with your outfits without further aggravating any pain points. "Bunions create a widening of the forefoot, which can make it difficult to...

MD Podiatrist Doesn't Recommend Crocs for Running Oct 10th, 2021

Ultrarunner Jeff Garmire recently ran a 5K wearing Crocs in 19:05! However, experts don’t recommend running in Crocs or similar footwear, because they don’t offer the stability that your feet need while running. “There’s a difference between cushy and cushion,” Daniel Michaels, DPM states. “It’s a common misconception that something...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Buy Compression Socks Oct 9th, 2021

“Compression socks help the veins in their effort to circulate blood back to the heart as well as provide a gentle squeeze which both feels good and does good on a physiologic level,” says  Daniel Michaels, DPM. Know what you’re trying to achieve with compression socks before buying a specific...

Lockdown Was Bad News for Our Feet Oct 8th, 2021

Lockdown was bad news for our poor feet. Daniel Michaels, DPM states "sudden increase of activities after a period of low activities, or due to too much activities without enough rest period. A period of staying at home while wearing comfy wide slippers or being barefoot and then going back...

Choosing Walking Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis Oct 7th, 2021

Not a runner? No worries. According to the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, walking has many health benefits, including promoting weight loss as well as lowering your risk for heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Before you head out the door to embark...

Surgical Treatment Best Option for Chronic Ingrown Toenails Oct 6th, 2021

Regarding the treatment of ingrown toenails, Daniel Michaels, DPM, says it can be conservative or surgical: “For those patients who present the problem sporadically or eventually, a conservative treatment can be considered with periodic visits scheduled by the podiatrist as long as they are spaced apart in a reasonable time. On...

Ways to Limit Bunion Progression Oct 5th, 2021

About 23 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 65 have bunions. Over time, the intrinsic foot muscles, specifically the big toe, weaken and get difficult to spread. Though not always debilitating, "bunions are a progressive condition in which there is a bony prominence that protrudes near the...

Pain on Top of Foot May Indicate a Bone Spur Oct 4th, 2021

"Foot pain can be debilitating, affecting every aspect of life," says Daniel Michaels, DPM. "Fortunately, most foot pains can be addressed with simple measures, like changing habits, doing stretches, wearing different shoes, and altering your training practices."    Pain on the top of the foot may indicate a bone spur....

Shoe Wear Can Identify Gait Problems Oct 1st, 2021

The best way to find out whether your gait is a healthy one is to visit a podiatrist for an assessment, says Daniel Michaels, DPM.  The second-best way is to look at the way your shoes wear once you’ve walked or run a few miles in them.   “Examining worn...

Benefits of Compression Stockings Sep 30th, 2021

Studies suggest that compression socks can help reduce muscle damage and inflammation, especially after a big physical feat like a marathon. “Compression socks place constant pressure on the legs to prevent the accumulation of fluid; the compression is thought to help the blood circulate better which allows more oxygen to...

Epsom Salts for Sore or Injured Feet Sep 29th, 2021

Daniel Michaels, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist and foot surgeon, recommends Epsom salt soaks nearly every day to his patients. “Epsom salt has been available for consumer usage for decades, and Epsom salt soaks can be very beneficial to sore, injured feet,” he says.     “As a general rule, I recommend...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How Women's and Men's Running Shoes Differ Sep 28th, 2021

There are special considerations women need to take into account when shopping for running shoes, which are often just sized-down versions of men’s shoes. “Women’s shoes are generally wider in the forefoot and toe and narrower towards the heel. Men’s shoes are larger, in general,” explains Daniel Michaels, DPM, a...

Barefoot on the Beach is the Best Way to Walk Sep 27th, 2021

It’s not a matter of opinion any longer, and it’s certainly not some fringe conclusion based on “back to nature” theorists: bare feet are healthy feet. Most people already know that pointy shoes, high-heeled shoes, and ill-fitting shoes are bad for their feet, but research now conclusively proves that all...

LuLu Fit-Flops Superior to Flip-Flops Sep 24th, 2021

Lulu Fit-Flops have podiatrists and hundreds of Nordstrom shoppers singing their praises. It also has an easy slip-on design and a thick, triangular strap made with a terry-cloth fabric inner that’s soft against your skin and wicks moisture (no rubber strap-induced blisters here). It also holds the American Podiatric Medical...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Hammertoes In Women Sep 23rd, 2021

According to Daniel Michaels, DPM, a foot and ankle surgeon, one of the most common types of pain women feel in their feet in autumn comes from hammertoes. “A hammertoe is a ‘bending’ or contracture deformity of one or both joints of a toe,” Dr. Michaels says. “The abnormal bending...

Podiatrist Recommends Bi-annual Podiatric Foot Check-ups Sep 23rd, 2021

When it comes to your feet, "There’s an element of ‘out of sight, out of mind’," says Daniel Michaels, DPM.  "If you don’t have any foot pain, you don’t necessarily think of your feet. It’s not until you get some nice weather and put sandals or flip-flops on, and then...

How to Assess Sole Stiffness Sep 22nd, 2021

According to podiatrist, Daniel Michaels, DPM, if you are looking for a stylish slip-on sneaker that has good support, you should “make sure the sole is stiff, which will help with keeping the arch of the foot stable and not allow for added heel and foot pressure.”   How can...

Causes of Sweaty Feet Sep 21st, 2021

Summertime means sweaty foot time. It's just one of those things that comes with the season. But if you notice your feet are sweating a whole lot regardless of the weather, something else might be going on. "Feet, like hands, tend to get sweaty in the summer heat, especially if...

Flip-Flops Have Come a Long Way Sep 20th, 2021

Flip-flops have a bad reputation for messing up your feet. But it turns out, there are plenty of flip-flops out there that can be supportive and comfortable. "Flip-flops have come a long way," Daniel Michaels, DPM states.  "There are some really good ones out there now that don't look orthopedic,...

Feet Benefit from Shock Reducing Surfaces Sep 17th, 2021

According to Daniel Michaels, DPM, “Structural changes in the feet, systemic diseases that affect the feet, and environmental factors can all lead to foot pain, and often these three factors overlap. Included in environmental factors is prolonged time on your feet. “Foot problems such as plantar fasciitis and metatarsalgia can...

Worn Exercise Shoes Can Lead to Foot Pain Sep 16th, 2021

For some people, wearing the same old pair of running or workout shoes that they've had for years is something of a badge of honor. But if you're not changing out your running, walking, lifting, or other exercise shoes on a fairly regular basis—far more quickly than you may realize—you're...

Breathable Closed-Toe Shoes Best Choice for Summer: Sep 15th, 2021

According to Daniel Michaels, DPM,  if you do find yourself strutting around a city all day or going on an outdoor adventure, closed-toe shoes are the best preventive choice against the possibility of injuries, splinters, and bacteria. Additionally, since close-toed shoes often have more support, they can also help prevent...

Preparing for a Marathon Sep 14th, 2021

According to Daniel Michaels, DPM, "The most important thing in preparing for a half or full marathon is to evaluate the weather conditions, especially if it is hot and humid. It is a necessity to be well hydrated going to the starting line, as it is too late when you...

Excess Body Weight Detrimental to Foot Health Sep 13th, 2021

The pounds we carry unquestionably affect our foot health, says Dan Michaels, DPM.  Dr. Michaels found that 74% of overweight Americans surveyed say they experience foot pain. A little over half of U.S. adults surveyed confess that discomfort due to excess weight limits their everyday activities; which means physical fitness...

Use a Hair Dryer After Showering to Prevent Athlete's Foot Sep 10th, 2021

Podiatrist, Daniel Michaels, DPM, says "Using a blow-dryer is something that I came up with to combat fungus infections of the feet and nails." Fungi grow in moist environments; take away the water, and it helps to stop growth.      When you let your feet air-dry, it can take...

Podiatrist Discusses OTC Treatments for Athlete's Foot Sep 9th, 2021

There are a lot of different active ingredients that can treat athlete's foot, and the most common ones are time-tested. "Most of the things out there in the drugstore have been used for years, says podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPM, naming the ingredients in Tinactin and Lamisil as chief examples.  The...

Super Shoes Mean More Stress to the Midfoot Sep 8th, 2021

You purchase a pair of “super shoes”—the high-stack, next-gen midsole, plated racing shoes that are the running story of the last few years—and soon boast a new personal best or two. You start to wear the shoes not just in races and special workouts, but also on more of your...