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Do I have Ingrown toenails? Oct 11th, 2021

What is an Ingrown Toenail? An Ingrown toenail is a nail that has irritated, in some manner, the surrounding skin of the respected toe. This can be cause by the genetic predisposition of the toenail, or an irregularly cut toenail, a broken toenail, or some other trauma to the nail....

Heel pain - Do Bone spurs cause heel pain? Aug 11th, 2021

Introduction: Heel pain is one of the most common conditions we treat here at Arizona Foot and Ankle Specialists. Heel pain can result from many different causes. These may include local inflammation to the plantar fascia; a long thick ligament to the bottom of your foot, lower back problems, or...

Why Prompt Care of a Sprained Ankle is Critical Sep 16th, 2020

On average, over nine million Americans sprain their ankle each year — that’s 25,000 per day. Of those, one million people head to the ER for the injury.  Sometimes, it’s obvious that an ankle injury warrants a trip to the ER (like in the case of an open fracture). However,...

Recognizing the Early Signs of Peripheral Neuropathy Aug 3rd, 2020

Are you noticing abnormal sensations in your hands or feet, or possibly your arms or legs? Tingling, pain, or numbness in these areas may indicate a greater issue than you realize. You could be experiencing peripheral neuropathy, a condition caused by nerve damage.  Samuel Cox, DPM, and the rest of...

5 Tips for Avoiding Toenail Fungus This Summer Jul 21st, 2020

Summer has finally arrived and you’re ready to hit the pool and enjoy your favorite activities. But while you’re getting in some exercise or dipping your feet in the water, make sure to keep your feet healthy so you can break out those sandals you’ve been wanting to show off....

Heel Pain: 5 Common Causes Jun 22nd, 2020

 If you’re living with heel pain, you may be wondering how and where it started. Heel pain is a symptom of a greater issue that you might not even be aware you had. For some people, the pain is insidious, while for others, the pain is immediate and apparent.  Samuel...

Understanding the Different Types of Hammertoe Surgery May 26th, 2020

Having a hammertoe can cause serious pain and discomfort when left untreated, but there are surgical options. Which one is best for you? We explore the options available to you under the expert hands of Dr. Samuel Cox, DPM, and how they work to correct your hammertoe and have you...

Sprains vs. Fractures: What You Need to Know Apr 24th, 2020

Are you experiencing pain or numbness in your foot or ankle? Are you having trouble determining whether it’s a sprain or a fracture? It can be difficult to tell the difference. At Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists, we’re here to help you. Sprains and fractures are never fun. Instead of...

When Does an Ingrown Toenail Require a Visit to the Podiatrist? Mar 12th, 2020

Most of us rarely think about our toenails. That is, of course, until you have one that ingrown ad throbbing. Healthy toenails lie flat across the nail bed on your toe, but when your toenail grows into the flesh at the edge of your nail bed rather than straight out,...

Beyond Foot Pain: 5 Benefits of Custom Orthotics You Didn't Know About Feb 5th, 2020

As the very foundation of your support and mobility, it’s hard to overstate the importance of your feet. Every waking moment, they’re propelling and carrying you through life, which means any support you can provide them in this Herculean role is well-earned.  One of the best ways to provide this...