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Find Helpful Tips and Information on the Podiatry Blog

When it comes to foot pain treatment options, the industry is constantly moving forward. Learn more about the latest innovations in podiatric care on this blog from our very own Illinois podiatrist, Dr. Melissa J. Lockwood.

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  • Back-to-School Shoe Shopping The pros at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates have some tips to help you with your back-to-school shoe shopping for your children. Find out how to identify properly fitting footwear and why it’s best not to buy children’s shoes online. If you have a student who needs foot care, make sure you request an appointment with Dr. Lockwood and her team!
  • Running Tips for Those with Flat Feet Good news: you can still run with flat feet! However, if you find your flat feet hurt or get sore after a run, try these tips to correct the problem.
  • Summer Eating for Optimal Foot Health One of the great things about summer is being able to enjoy natural food that is both nutritious and delicious. When you are shopping for fresh fruits and veggies, you should think about heading to the farmers market in Bloomington. Doing so will help you find the foods that are actually good for your body and can contribute to optimal foot health.
  • Gentle Care for Pediatric Ingrown Toenails Pediatric ingrown toenails can cause pain and discomfort for your child, but the team at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates in Bloomington is here to help! Read this post to learn how you can recognize symptoms, what you can do to reduce the risk of the problem happening in the first place, and how Dr. Lockwood can treat the condition.
  • Keeping Children’s Feet Safe in the Summer Naturally, the team at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates hope your children are able to stay safe and healthy all year long, but young ones tend to have greater risk for lower limb injuries in the summertime. This makes sense because they tend to be more active in the summer season. Help keep them active with advice and tips from the team at this Bloomington, IL podiatrist office.
  • The Ins and Outs (But Mostly Ins!) of Ingrown Toenails Ingrown toenails can be a real pain – even worse, they are a serious threat to individuals who are diabetic. Dr. Lockwood discusses ingrown toenails, why they develop, how they can be treated, and measures you can take to reduce your risk of developing this condition.
  • Running and Ankle Injuries Dr. Melissa Lockwood discusses some of the running ankle injuries she and her team at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates see in and treat for patients. Understanding ankle anatomy and common injuries will help you to take measures to reduce your injury risk, while also enabling you to know when it’s time to contact Dr. Lockwood’s office for professional care.
  • Mother’s Day and Foot Health If the world was truly just, Mother’s Day would actually be every day! Something every woman—mother or not—should do on a daily basis is perform some basic foot care to make sure she doesn’t end up with any of the common problems affecting women’s feet. Find out about women’s foot care from the podiatric experts at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates.
  • Pro Tips for Summer Foot Care Dr. Lockwood and the team at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates want you to have an awesome summer. In order to do so, you need your feet to be feeling and functioning their very best. If lower limb problems are going to throw shade on your summer plans, contact the pros at HFAA and request your appointment today!
  • Couch-to-5K in 9 Short Weeks If running a 5K race seems like a huge endeavor, one you couldn’t possibly do, Dr. Lockwood has a program that could change your mind. Find out how to go from “couch-to-5K” in just 9 short weeks. The Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates team hopes you are able to stay safe while doing so, but remember they are here to help if you do sprain an ankle or suffer any other foot or ankle injury.
  • Play Ball! – How to Prevent Common Foot & Ankle Baseball Injuries Opening Day for Major League Baseball is almost upon us and the team at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates takes the opportunity to discuss baseball foot and ankle injuries – and how to prevent them.
  • Oh, the Places You Can Go (When You Have Healthy Feet) Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2, so the team at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates is celebrating with some inspiration from the great American author, illustrator, and cartoonist.
  • Do You Really Need to Worry About Pediatric Flatfoot? Flat feet in kids is surprisingly common and often goes away on its own. But for an unfortunate few, problems may persist. Dr. Melissa Lockwood explains if and when you need to be concerned about flat feet in your child.
  • Feeling Good About How You Look You might not realize how awesome you are, but the team at HFAA certainly does! Dr. Lockwood discusses body positivity and even shares how foot health can play a role in having a positive self-image.
  • Laser Away Your Chronic Pain This advanced new treatment is an effective alternative to injections or surgery and can help relieve your long-term chronic pain.
  • Treat Yourself This Holiday Season You spend so much time and energy on others, so be sure to treat yourself a little this holiday season with laser therapy to clear up fungal toenails.
  • 4 Reasons to Use Laser Treatment For Fungal Toenail Infections Dr. Melissa Lockwood gives you four good reasons why you should consider using laser treatment to clear up your fungal toenail infection.
  • Why Laser Therapy for Fungal Nails is Right for You! Find out why laser therapy for fungal toenails at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates clears up discolored nails and restores them back to health!
  • Exercise and Healthy Foot Care Exercise is obviously important for your body, including your lower limbs. Dr. Lockwood discusses how it is a part of healthy foot care.
  • Foot Health: Managing Glucose Levels If you are diabetic and want to keep your feet safe and healthy, you need to take measures to manage your blood glucose levels