Sugar Run 5K

Every November, in conjunction with National Diabetes Month, MSFAS sponsors the Sugar Run 5K. This race, chaired by MSFAS’s Dr. Julie Kate Webster along with endocrinologist, Dr. Kashif Latif, benefits research to cure diabetes. The Sugar Run will be held at Johnson Park in Collierville, TN on November 8th, 2014. This is a family event, which starts with a kids’ race and ends with the 5K. Every child wins a trophy, and 5K winners receive a medal. Also, every runner receives a free long-sleeved t-shirt. It is a fun-filled event with a live drum band, music, moon bounces, and food from local vendors. Over the past 8 years, the Sugar Run has raised over $85,000. Support diabetes research by joining our efforts at the Sugar Run 5K this year! You can register online at

MSFAS in Santiago, Chile

Sherrie Serca, NP, who sees patients in our Midtown office, is on a mission trip to Santiago Chile. We are proud of her putting her foot care skills to work around the world!

Unable To Wear Those Heels??? Memphis Podiatrist, MSFAS, Can Help!!!

Victoria Beckham. Michelle Yeoh. Sarah Jessica Parker. What do these ladies have in common? Less than perfect feet!!! Each of these ladies suffers from a BUNION.

You may have heard of bunions and associated them with old age. That isn’t the case. Bunions are very often caused by ill fitting shoes and high heels along with a genetic predisposition.

So what is a bunion?

A bunion is a bump that forms at the base of the big toe (though sometimes they are also found on the outside of the foot at the little toe). The bone and tissue is forced out of place at the joint and the toe then bends inwards towards the other toes. It comes about from years of pressure at the joint, exactly what years of fitting a foot into a high heel with pointed toes does.

What are the symptoms?

  • An obvious bump on the outside of the foot
  • Pain, redness, swelling at the joint
  • An inward turned big or little toe
  • Restricted range of motion in the affected toe

What can be done?

For the short term, applying ice will help pain and swelling. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications can also be beneficial. For the long term, wearing wide shoes that are more box shaped and no heels over two inches tall.

A Memphis podiatrist visit will probably be in your future. They may design special orthotics, use cortisone injections, prescribe pain medications, recommend padding and taping to keep the foot in a proper position, or prescribe therapy. As a last resort it may require bunion surgery (bunionectomy) to remove the bony prominence.

Stylish shoes and heels may make you feel beautiful, but would those celebrity ladies now suffering from bunions say it was worth it?

If you suffer from bunions or other foot issues check out our website, and/or contact our Memphis locations today.

Do Your Feet Smell??????

Closed shoes and sweaty feet can lead to some pretty powerful foot odor. It’s not particular to a gender, both male and female can have a foot odor and it can be pretty embarrassing especially in public.  Here are some tips to help keep this at bay.

1. Don’t wear same shoes in a row, try as much as possible to alternate wearing.

2. Allow your feet breathe, try putting on sandals or slippers occasionally as the occasion allows

3. Air your shoes always.

4. Avoid wearing tight fitted shoes as this makes your feet sweat more increasing the odor.

5. Try as much as possible to wash your feet always to break down sweat residue constantly.

6. Men should try to change their socks too every day, wearing same pair in a row will definitely give a pass for some odor.

7. A good trick to also get rid of smelly shoes is to sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda (you can get this at a pharmacy) for about two days while sun drying the shoes as well. This should eliminate the smell to a barest.

If you continue to have problems there are some treatments for your feet that can be done by a podiatrist at Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialists.  Call us at 901-309-7700.

Pain In The Ball Of Your Foot

Many people experience pain in the ball of the foot. Although there are several conditions that can cause pain in the ball of the foot, one of the most common causes is capsulitis. Capsulitis in when the soft tissue surrounding a joint becomes inflamed. This causes pain at localized areas under the ball of the foot or around the toes. Pain is usually described as sharp, aching or throbbing pain. It is not usually associated tingling or numbness.

Long periods of walking or standing as well as exercise activities can elicit pain with capsulitis. Once the activity is stopped or you are able to rest, the pain may temporarily resolve. Certain foot types or conditions are more prone to developing capsulitis. People with a high arch or flat foot displace pressure unevenly to the bottom of the foot and makes them more susceptible to capsulitis. Also conditions such as arthritis, bunion or hammertoes can increase the susceptibility to develop capsulitis.

If you are experiencing pain in the ball of the foot, call MSFAS at 901-309-7700, for an appointment with our doctors for treatment options. Treatment can include use of custom inserts for your shoes, use of anti-inflammatories, or a series of injections, and/or surgery. Don’t ignore your foot pain…heal it!