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Want to Get Rid of Calluses? Try This Jun 17th, 2024

Calluses form as a means of protection. But over time, a callus can become too thick and cause pain.  Do you want to get rid of calluses? Our experienced podiatrist, Dr. Richard Hochman, offers some tips on what you can do at home to smooth out the thickened skin and...

Surprising Ways to Manage Plantar Fasciitis Pain May 14th, 2024

You may forget all about the heel pain from plantar fasciitis until you hop out of bed in the morning. But it’s not a big deal, since the pain usually subsides after a few minutes on your feet. But the pain may return after your workout or it may get...

Habits Your Feet Will Thank You For Apr 4th, 2024

Feet are complex body parts made up of multiple bones, joints, and muscles that work together so you can stand, walk, run, and climb. They have the strength and structure to support your body weight and the flexibility to adjust to uneven terrain. You may not think much about your...

Is That Spot on Your Foot a Plantar Wart? Mar 15th, 2024

Do you have a rough spot on the ball of your foot that looks like a callus and hurts when you walk? That spot on your foot is probably a plantar wart, not a callus. Plantar warts are a common foot problem caused by a virus. The spot may go...

What Are Platelets and How Can They Help Your Injury Heal? Feb 2nd, 2024

Medical professionals offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to treat a wide range of concerns, from tendinitis to sports injuries to hair loss.  Like many people, you may ask yourself: What are platelets, and how can they heal my injury? At our practice in Coral Gables, Florida, podiatrist Dr. Richard Hochman,...

I Have High Arches — Will My Children? Jan 19th, 2024

Some people with high arches have an inherited structural foot deformity. If you have high arches unrelated to any other foot or health condition, you may pass the foot problem to your children. But knowing in advance that your children may have high arches is a good thing. Expert care...

Lesser-Known Tricks to Recover from Tendinitis Dec 6th, 2023

Resting the affected body part is one of the primary treatments for tendinitis. But recovery from tendinitis can take months. When the injury affects a body part you rely on every day, like your feet or ankles, rest isn’t always possible. Our skilled podiatrist, Dr. Richard Hochman, is always looking...

How Shockwave Therapy Can Help Your Heel Pain Nov 15th, 2023

Foot pain of any kind makes everyday activities like walking to the kitchen for a snack dreadful. Heel pain is common and has many causes, including conditions that can take some time to improve, like plantar fasciitis.  Our experienced podiatrist, Dr. Richard Hochman, understands the effect heel pain has on...

3 of the Most Common Risk Factors of Plantar Fasciitis Oct 6th, 2023

One out of every 10 people experience plantar fasciitis at some point during their lifetime. It’s the most common cause of heel pain and is often seen in runners. But pounding the pavement for exercise isn’t the most common risk factor for plantar fasciitis.  Our highly skilled podiatrist, Dr. Richard...

How Custom Orthotics Can Change Your Life Sep 7th, 2023

You rely on your feet every day to get you everywhere, from the bed to the bathroom and around the block for your morning run. Any kind of foot problem can make even the simplest task nearly impossible. If you have ongoing foot pain or a chronic foot condition that’s...

When Do Bunions Require Surgery? Aug 2nd, 2023

It starts slowly, and you don’t even realize it’s happening — little by little, your big toe is angling toward the outside of your foot. Next, a bump forms on the inside of your foot at the base of your big toe, and everything looks wonky. Welcome to the world...

Heel Pain & Treatment Options Jan 29th, 2019

Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause?  You aren’t alone. Foot pain, particularly heel pain, is one of the most common complaints and most people will deal with pain at some point during their lifetime, affecting upwards of two million patients a year....

Get Your Legs Summer Ready With Sclerotherapy Jan 14th, 2019

Varicose and spider veins are common health conditions — half of adults over age 50 are affected by their often-painful, and embarrassing symptoms. So, when cold weather rolls around, it can be a relief for sufferers to be able to turn to long pants and skirts as a way to...

Top 3 Runner’s Injuries And How To Prevent Them Dec 21st, 2018

In an ideal runner’s world, every step of every mile would be 100 percent pain-free. No aches, no twinges, no lingering soreness from yesterday’s workout. Unfortunately, if you’re a runner, the odds are not particularly in your favor: Every year, as many as 80 percent of runners get injured. The...

Stem Cell Therapy Explained Dec 3rd, 2018

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis or another chronic foot injury or soft tissue pain – your treatment options are no longer limited to traditional treatments such as steroid injections, joint replacement or physical therapy. One such state-of-the-art, cutting-edge treatment option available to patients with degenerative arthritis, tendon...

Did I Sprain My Ankle? Nov 30th, 2018

Ankle and foot sprains are some of the most common podiatric injuries, usually caused by a fall or a sudden twist that forces the ligaments out of their normal position. Whether you play sports or simply lose your footing or twist your ankle walking down the street, sprains can happen...

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT): Better Than Surgery Nov 5th, 2018

Heel spur syndrome, more commonly known as plantar fasciitis, is one of the most common causes of heel pain in the US, affecting upwards of two million patients a year. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a tight band of fibrous tissue starting at the...

Varicose Veins: Not Just A Cosmetic Issue Oct 18th, 2018

Varicose veins, abnormally enlarged, distended, veins that appear on the legs as ropy, twisted skin bulges, are easy to spot; which is why patients want them to disappear. They affect one in two persons and can be a major issue causing tired legs, bulging veins, ulcers, and burning sensations. And...

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment: A Closer Look At Shockwave Therapy Sep 28th, 2018

Often described as a throbbing pain that strikes the meat of the heel and radiates outward, plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot conditions in the US, affecting roughly two million Americans a year. The most obvious sign of this condition is the stabbing pain you experience when...

Wound Care, More Than Just A Dressing Change Sep 18th, 2018

The statistics are alarming: Chronic wounds, wounds that do not heal properly or completely during a timeframe of four weeks, affect nearly 5 million Americans, with 500,000 new cases diagnosed every year. The mortality and morbidity correlated with chronic, non-healing wounds are high and can limit mobility, cause severe pain...

LAPIPLASTY® Is Revolutionizing Bunion Correction Treatment Sep 12th, 2018

If you suffer from bunions, you are familiar with the pain and swelling associated with the unsightly bump on the side of your big toe. It seems like with each step, your body weight on your foot can cause more pain or numbness. This condition may worsen if you stand...

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy? Aug 24th, 2018

When you have a foot injury, it can be completely debilitating. Movement and freedom can be inhibited until the condition has been fixed. When it comes to treatments for tendon and ligament injuries around the foot such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon, and ankle ligament injuries, one possible treatment to...