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February 2023

Tuesday, 28 February 2023 00:00

Blister Prevention

A blister is easy to notice. They typically form on the heel from excess friction caused by wearing shoes and socks that do not fit correctly. Blisters look like a small bubble that fills with a liquid to protect the raw skin. A blister will gradually drain when new skin has formed. When a blister forms, it can wreak havoc when attempting to complete daily activities. There are effective techniques to help prevent blisters, such as insoles if the feet slip inside the shoes and foot powders to absorb sweaty feet. It is beneficial to apply an antibiotic ointment, followed by covering the area with a bandage that can protect it from draining prematurely. If you frequently develop blisters on the feet, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can offer the correct prevention tips.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM of Neuhaus Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.


(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2023 00:00

Wearing Shoes With Hammertoe

Hammertoe is certainly one of the peskiest conditions affecting the feet because it can make wearing shoes more uncomfortable. Hammertoe is defined by the jutting up of the middle joint of the toe, creating a shape that resembles a hammer. Since this creates a deformity in the shape of the shoe, it might be more difficult to wear shoes comfortably. Patients with hammertoe often need the help of a podiatrist in selecting shoes that will not aggravate this condition. Upon examining your specific condition, the podiatrist might recommend to you that you should be wearing shoes with larger toe boxes. By wearing this kind of shoe, the patient will essentially accommodate the peculiar toe shape by providing it with more space in the shoe. It is suggested that you contact a podiatrist and schedule an appointment for more information.


Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM from Neuhaus Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.


  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes


Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe


Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 14 February 2023 00:00

Successful Toe Surgery

There are various reasons patients may choose to have foot surgery, including conditions that involve the small toes. Deformities may develop such as hammertoe and claw toe, and severe cases may require the misaligned tendons to be repaired surgically. Medical ailments which can include rheumatoid arthritis can damage or dislocate the toes, possibly causing severe pain and discomfort. The object of having foot surgery done is to strengthen the toes, which can help shoes to fit comfortably. There are many options for toe surgery, and this depends on what the condition is. Surgery is generally a successful method of putting joints back into their normal place. This may be accomplished by cutting the bones of the toes, which may help them to realign. It is beneficial to prepare the body gradually before the surgery takes place. This can be done by quitting smoking, if applicable, and maintaining a healthy weight. If you have chronic foot or toe pain, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine if foot surgery is correct for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM of Neuhaus Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 08 February 2023 00:00

Why Pregnant Women May Have Foot Pain

Many pregnant women have foot pain, and despite it being a temporary condition, it is nonetheless difficult to deal with. It may become prevalent in the third trimester and can be a result of the extra weight that has been gained. It is common for the feet to become swollen during pregnancy, which can happen from the additional fluids the body produces to accommodate the growing fetus. Water retention may affect the feet and ankles, and the blood pressure can increase. The body naturally produces the hormone that is known as relaxin, which is meant to loosen the tendons, ligaments, and muscles. This can impact the feet, and they may become wider, often requiring larger shoes to be purchased. If you would like more information about how pregnancy affects the feet, in addition to learning about successful relief methods, please consult with a podiatrist.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Brian D. Jackson, DPM from Neuhaus Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 07 February 2023 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

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