Several Types of Running Shoes

For recommendations on shoe brands, please click the recommendation list link on the bottom of the webpage.  To have your shoes evaluated for appropriateness and health please see Dr. Hoy. Research has indicated that running shoes are the most important purchase a runner can make. There are several choices available, which is why it is … Read more

Where Do Corns Form?

Corns and calluses are very common and potentially painful and dangerous.  It is important to properly distinguish this from a wart, which is a viral infection.  The treatment is very different.  It is for the reasons above that it is important to seek podiatric medical treatment. Patients who have corns on their feet are often … Read more

Are There Differences Between Walking and Running Shoes?

For the latest in recommendations for walking and running shoes, please scroll to the bottom of our website.  To have your shoes assessed to see if they are helpful or cause problems, please schedule an appointment to see Dr. Hoy. Research has shown walking shoes have less flexibility than running shoes. People who enjoy running … Read more

How to Tell If You Have a Broken Toe

A common myth is that there is nothing that can be done for a toe fracture.  Toe injuries need to be assessed to ensure that there is not a broken bone that is displaced, gapped or angulated, which could result in incorrect healing and resulting deformity, Broken toes are generally very painful and can cause … Read more

Diabetic Patients and Foot Ulcers

The problems with the diabetic foot arises when sensation is diminished causing wounds, and a circulation system that may be poor and not bring enough blood, nutrients and fighting cells to cure an infection. Diabetic patients often develop foot conditions as a result of elevated glucose levels in the bloodstream. It can be common for … Read more

What are Orthotics?

Dr. Hoy graduated from the medical school that invented the science of orthotic therapy.  He uses orthotics, both over-the-counter and custom, to treat a variety of foot and ankle pathology. Many patients who experience specific foot conditions may benefit from wearing orthotics. They are defined as devices that are inserted into shoes, and are known … Read more

What Is Cuboid Syndrome?

Cuboid dislocation is a debilitating condition that may be treated with physical adjustment. If the cuboid bone shifts out of place as a result of overuse or from an injury, it is typically referred to as cuboid syndrome. The pain that is associated with this condition is generally felt on the outside of the foot, … Read more

Repetitive Motions and Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are treated immediately when there are signs that indicate the condition.  The stress fracture may not show up on x-ray until 2 weeks after it develops. The causes of stress fractures often include an injury to the bone that has occurred from overuse. Research has indicated the feet may endure approximately twelve times … Read more

Seattle Heel Pain Doctor

Effectively treating heel pain requires a correct diagnosis and effective treatments that are based on a patient’s lifestyle. Research has indicated that there are several forms of heel pain. The most common type is referred to as plantar fasciitis, and this occurs as a result of an inflamed plantar fascia. This is the band of … Read more

Foot Care for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a wear and tear arthritis that is generally treated with various types of immobilization.  We also treat patients with various other types of arthritis, working with other physicians such as primary care and rheumatology. Osteoarthritis commonly affects the joints in the feet and ankles. There are many non-surgical ways to manage the pain … Read more