Patient Education

Dr. Mark Block and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you. Or, for a more comprehensive search of our entire Web site, enter your term(s) in the search bar provided.

As always, you can contact our office to answer any questions or concerns.

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... Achilles Tendon Ankle Stability Ankle Sprains Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care Athletes Foot Bunions Calluses Corns Crush Injuries Diabetic Foot Care Flat Feet Fungal Nails Geriatric Foot Care Hammertoes Heel Pain Infections Ingrown Toenails Injuries Laser Removal Laser Wart Removal Metatarsalgia Neuromas Plantar Fasciitis Poor Circulation Sports Orthotics Wart Removal Wounds   Ankle Sprains Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, often resulting in one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle to be stretched or torn...

Diabetic Foot Care
... Never treat corns or calluses yourself...

What Are Bunions?
...You should contact our office if you notice the following symptoms: An enlarged, visible bulge on your big toe joint Restricted movement of your big toe or foot that prevents you from performing normal activities Irritation, corns or calluses caused by the overlap of the first and second toes Frequent pain, swelling or redness around your big toe joint Treatment For a Bunion Treatment for a bunion will vary depending on its severity...

Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses are thick, hardened areas of skin that develop in response to your body's natural defense to repeated pressure or friction...

How to Minimize Diabetic Foot Problems
...Cut straight across, avoiding the corners; visit our office for assistance Never treat corns or calluses on your own...

Dealing with Hammertoes
...Other signs and symptoms include: Difficult or painful motion of a toe joint Redness or swelling at a toe joint Development of calluses and corns Open sores in severe cases The foot and ankle professionals at our office recommend the following for preventing and reducing the symptoms associated with hammertoe: Wear comfortable, proper-fitting shoes that provide support and allow enough room for your toes Avoid high-heeled or narrow-toed shoes Stretch your toe muscles to relieve pressure and pain Apply splints, cushions or pads to relieve pressure Moisturize with cream to keep the skin soft Generally, a modification of footwear will reduce the symptoms associated with hammertoe...

Are You Dealing With Bunions?
...Untreated bunions can continue to get worse if you don’t do something about them and can lead to other issues such as calluses and corns, or you may experience pain or redness on the site of the bunion, as well as swelling...

Diabetic Complications and Amputation Prevention
... Corns and calluses...

Corns
... People with foot deformities, such as hammertoes, often suffer from corns because the tops of the bent toes rub against the tops of shoes...

Diabetic Complications and Amputation Prevention
... Corns and calluses...

Hammertoes
... Corns and calluses (a buildup of skin) on the toe, between two toes, or on the ball of the foot...

MRSA Infection of the Foot
...Those walking barefoot and suffering from common, relatively minor foot problems such as cuts, cracks in the skin, athlete’s foot, eczema, ingrown toenails, puncture wounds or corns and calluses can be at higher risk for infection since these conditions can cause minor tears in the skin which can act as portals for the bacteria to enter the body...

P.A.D. (Peripheral Arterial Disease)
...Check all over for sores, cuts, bruises, breaks in the skin, rashes, corns, calluses, blisters, red spots, swelling, ingrown toenails, toenail infections, or pain...

Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.)
...Check all over for sores, cuts, bruises, breaks in the skin, rashes, corns, calluses, blisters, red spots, swelling, ingrown toenails, toenail infections, or pain...

Staph Infections of the Foot
...Those walking barefoot and suffering from common, relatively minor foot problems such as cuts, cracks in the skin, athlete’s foot, eczema, ingrown toenails, puncture wounds or corns and calluses can be at higher risk for infection since these conditions can cause minor tears in the skin which can act as portals for the bacteria to enter the body...