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Upping Your Mileage This Spring? Avoid These Common Runner's Injuries Apr 1st, 2024

Injuries strike at least half of all regular runners each year, and if you’ve ever had a running injury, you know the frustration of being sidelined firsthand. If you’re planning on upping your mileage this spring, you want to do everything you can to avoid common runner’s injuries, ensuring that...

The Importance of Treating Fungal Toenails Mar 2nd, 2024

It’s wise to treat a fungal toenail infection as soon as symptoms appear; an established toenail infection is much more difficult to treat. Infection usually develops slowly and over time causes your toenail to thicken, distort, and change color. Without treatment, the infection can spread to other toenails.  A foot...

Why Diabetics Should Pay Extra Attention to Their Foot Care Feb 2nd, 2024

Foot care is an essential part of living well with diabetes. That’s because diabetes can cause foot problems that can quickly evolve into life-threatening conditions. This makes it crucial to have a podiatrist as a key part of your diabetes management team.    Board-certified podiatrist Dr. David Biss leads the...

Can My Ingrown Toenail Heal on Its Own? Jan 8th, 2024

Ingrown toenails are among the most common nail issues. You should see a podiatrist immediately if you’re prone to problematic ingrown toenails or if you notice signs that your toenail may be infected.  Ingrown toenails are painful, and infection can set in and cause complications. In some cases, you can...

How Are Sports Injuries Different From Other Injuries? Dec 7th, 2023

Sports injuries affecting the foot and ankle are more complex than other injuries in that they have a major impact on mobility. Foot and ankle injuries, unlike other sports injuries, not only sideline athletes; they can also impact other aspects of daily life. Understanding the intricate anatomy, weight-bearing roles, and...

Can Orthotics Correct My Bunions? Nov 10th, 2023

For many, bunions are a daily reminder of the stresses that feet endure, from wearing tight shoes to simply standing for extended periods. The search for relief leads patients to explore a variety of solutions.  Among the most discussed and debated are orthotics. At Concord Podiatry, specialist David E. Biss,...

Are You Clipping Your Toenails Properly? Oct 1st, 2023

You might think that clipping your toenails is a straightforward activity, hardly deserving of much thought. However, improper toenail care can lead to complications like ingrown toenails and fungal infections. At Concord Podiatry, our foot and ankle specialist, Dr. David E. Biss, prioritizes your foot health. From treating foot ailments...

Do Bunions Resolve on Their Own? Sep 1st, 2023

A bunion is more than just a cosmetic issue. It's a structural deformity that can affect your daily life, eventually making even the simplest tasks like walking a challenge. Many people hope that bunions might resolve themselves without intervention, but this isn’t the reality. Dr. David E. Biss, and the...

Common Signs of Foot and Ankle Arthritis Aug 1st, 2023

From scaling the office stairs to strolling in the park, your feet are integral to everyday life. They’re complex structures that, when healthy, perform their job seamlessly. However, when arthritis creeps into your feet and ankle joints, it can cause significant discomfort and a major disruption to your daily activities....

5 Ways Diabetics Should Take Extra Care of Their Feet Jul 12th, 2023

If you’re living with diabetes, you know the importance of maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, getting regular exercise, and eating a balanced diet. But have you considered the significance of foot care in your routine?  Diabetes can lead to various complications, including foot-related issues due to reduced blood flow and...

Can Orthotics Correct My Hammertoe? Jun 7th, 2023

If you're among the millions of people affected by hammertoe, you know the discomfort and limitations it can impose on your daily life. Finding an effective solution is crucial for regaining comfort, mobility, and confidence. In the quest for relief, many individuals wonder if orthotics may be the answer.  At Concord Podiatry,...

My Ankles Are Swollen and Painful: Do I Have Arthritis? May 13th, 2023

When most people think of arthritis, the knees and hips often come to mind. However, arthritis can also affect your ankles. In fact, ankle arthritis is a common, often overlooked, condition that can cause significant pain, discomfort, and reduced mobility. If you have swollen, painful ankles, it’s time to seek...

How Sports Medicine Can Get You Back in the Game After an Injury Apr 10th, 2023

Ankle and foot injuries are among the most common injuries athletes experience. The physical demands of sports that require running, jumping, or sudden stops and starts can put a lot of strain on your lower extremities. Whether it's a sprained ankle or a stress fracture, foot and ankle injuries can...

My Toenail Fungus Is Embarrassing: Can You Help? Mar 12th, 2023

Toenail fungus (onychomycosis) is a fungal infection that invades the nail bed and causes toenails to become thick and yellow, making it embarrassing to wear sandals or go barefoot. If allowed to progress, the nail can detach from the nail bed. Because your feet provide a dark, moist environment and have...

5 Routine Foot Problems That Require Expert Care if You're Diabetic Feb 14th, 2023

Millions of Americans have diabetes. Are you among them? In addition to controlling your blood sugar levels, it’s crucial to take good care of your feet. That’s because diabetes-related damage to the blood vessels that supply the feet increases your risk of foot problems. Everyone with diabetes should have a...

Nonsurgical Treatments for Managing Achilles Tendinitis in Athletes Jan 9th, 2023

Achilles tendinitis is a common injury among athletes who participate in running and jumping sports. Repeated eccentric load-induced microtrauma stresses the structures in the foot and ankle and causes inflammation, leading to tendinitis.  At Concord Podiatry, board-certified podiatrist David E. Biss provides specialized foot and ankle care for competitive and...

Recovering From Bunion Surgery: What to Expect Dec 7th, 2022

If you've been living with bunions, you're probably excited about the prospect of the pain relief and footwear freedom that bunion surgery brings. Recovery from bunion surgery typically takes three to six months.  At Concord Podiatry, board-certified podiatrist, David E. Biss provides comprehensive bunion services, including assessment, diagnosis, and advanced...

4 Benefits of Physical Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis Pain Nov 7th, 2022

The plantar fascia is a strong band of tissue on the bottom of your foot that travels from the heel to the toes. It supports the arch of your foot, which is especially important when walking. Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain that occurs when the plantar...

When Can I Exercise Normally After an Ankle Sprain? Oct 5th, 2022

If you begin exercising too quickly after an ankle sprain, you risk causing more damage and delaying your recovery. Familiarizing yourself with the ins and outs of ankle sprain recovery can help you determine when it’s safe and appropriate to return to exercising and your regular active lifestyle. As a...

Signs Your Ingrown Toenail Is Infected Sep 1st, 2022

Ingrown toenails are very common and can affect anyone at anytime. Toenails become ingrown when the nail grows into the skin of the nail bed, causing pain and inflammation. This issue can strike any toe, although the big toe is most often affected. Here at Concord Podiatry, board-certified foot and ankle...

How to Prevent Diabetic Foot Ulcers Aug 8th, 2022

Foot ulcers are the most common diabetes complication, and it’s crucial to take them seriously as they’re the most common reason for diabetes-related amputations. If you have diabetes, it’s necessary to take special care of your feet. Foot and ankle specialists like Dr. David E. Biss at Concord Podiatry are specially trained to prevent...

Ways to Reduce Your Lingering Bunion Pain Jul 1st, 2022

Bunions are a common foot problem, and when they develop, you can experience chronic pain in the big toe joint that affects your mobility. Scheduling a visit with a foot and ankle specialist is a wise choice and an important step in getting relief from bunion pain.  At Concord Podiatry, board-certified podiatrist Dr....

Are Your Shoes to Blame for Feet Problems? Jun 16th, 2022

Flip-flops, stilettos, running shoes — not all shoes are created equal. If you've ever removed your heels after a hard day at work or your tennis shoes after a long run to find blisters, you know that the fit of your shoe can impact your feet. Ill-fitting footwear can throw...

Reasons Why You Should Always Wear Clean, Dry Socks May 17th, 2022

Your feet are such an important part of your body. They give you the freedom to move around freely, and they help you stay healthy by encouraging physical activity. However, it’s easy to take your feet for granted — at least until you experience a foot problem. Everyone's foot health...

How to Spot Diabetic Nerve Damage Apr 7th, 2022

Most people with diabetes know that nutrition is a major part of staying healthy, but did you know that taking care of your feet is also a crucial part of living well with diabetes? People with diabetes are at risk of developing foot ulcers, a common problem in people with...

What Athletes Should Know About Plantar Fasciitis Mar 13th, 2022

Plantar fasciitis is a common overuse injury that plagues athletes. While it can affect any athlete in any sport, and even non-athletes it’s most likely to affect runners. In fact, plantar fasciitis is commonly referred to as “runner’s heel.” It causes a sharp pain in the heel and sometimes the...

Ingrown Toenails and Bone Infections: What You Need to Know Feb 1st, 2022

An ingrown toenail may not seem like a big deal at first. But left untreated, it can cause some serious problems — even an infection that affects the bone. That’s why it’s important that you never ignore an ingrown toenail. If you notice an ingrown toenail, it’s best to visit a...

Post-Traumatic Arthritis: How It Affects Feet Jan 1st, 2022

Old injuries can come back to haunt you, and that's certainly the case with post-traumatic arthritis, which may develop after an injury to your foot or ankle. Fractures and dislocations that damage the surface of the joint are the most common injuries that lead to post-traumatic arthritis. An injured joint...

Bunions: Common Causes Dec 7th, 2021

Bunions affect more than 64 million Americans each year, and they can cause major pain. If you’re dealing with foot pain or having trouble walking, it’s wise to schedule a visit with a podiatrist to evaluate your foot problems. Bunions don’t get better on their own. Left untreated, bunions tend...

Do High Heels Cause Hammertoes? Nov 3rd, 2021

Hammertoe is a toe deformity that causes the toe to bend at the middle joint with the tip curling down, resembling a hammer. As the condition progresses, the joint is stuck in an upward position, causing pain and problems walking. It's common for a callus to appear at the top...

6 Symptoms of Ankle Arthritis Oct 4th, 2021

Arthritis most commonly affects your knees, hips, spine, and hands, but it can develop in any joint, including your ankles, which consist of three bones: tibia, fibula, and talus. Arthritis of the ankle can affect any or all of these bones.  While it isn’t life-threatening, ankle arthritis can have a...

Common Causes of an Ingrown Toenail Sep 1st, 2021

An ingrown toenail happens when the edge of one of your toenails grows into the skin, causing irritation and pain. Left untreated, the nail will continue to dig into the skin and can become infected.  At Concord Podiatry, David E. Biss, DPM, and our team are here to help you...

How Orthotics Help With Plantar Fasciitis Aug 4th, 2021

If you’re experiencing heel pain, it could be due to a condition known as plantar fasciitis. In the United States, plantar fasciitis contributes to about 1 million outpatient office visits annually. Research suggests that shoe inserts, including custom orthotics, can dramatically reduce symptoms of plantar fasciitis.  If you’re experiencing plantar...

Take These Important Steps to Care for Your Feet if You Have Diabetes Jul 19th, 2021

If you have diabetes, you may also have diabetic foot problems. Caring for your feet is important so you don’t cause further complications. If you’ve noticed pain or other problems due to diabetic foot issues, you can take steps at home to ensure your feet are well taken care of,...

The Most Common Symptoms of Hammertoe Jun 24th, 2021

Hammertoes are a type of foot deformity that can occur for a variety of reasons. Often uncomfortable, hammertoes can be corrected under the care of a doctor. Some require surgery, while others can be relieved with nonsurgical intervention. David Biss, DPM, board-certified podiatrist at Concord Podiatry in Concord and Plymouth,...

Why You Should Never Ignore an Ingrown Toenail May 19th, 2021

An ingrown toenail can be uncomfortable. On the surface, it may not seem like something to be worried about, and you may think it could just go away. However, if an ingrown toenail goes untreated, it can become infected and lead to more severe conditions such as open sores or...

Here’s How You Can Prevent Bunions Apr 15th, 2021

Bunions are an aggravating and often irritating deformity of the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions develop when feet are repeatedly squeezed into pointed footwear, because of an injury, when you have certain types of arthritis, or possibly because they run in your family. The...

3 of the Most Common Risk Factors of Plantar Fasciitis Mar 23rd, 2021

You feel a stabbing pain in your heel that it only gets worse when you move around. You might have plantar fasciitis, a podiatry condition that affects an estimated 1 in 10 Americans. In fact, plantar fasciitis alone could account for up to 80% of all cases of heel pain....