Gavin W. G. Chalmers DPM FACFAS


Calf Stretch

This exercise stretches the muscles at the back of the lower leg (the calf) and the Achilles tendon. Do this exercise 3 or 4 times a day, 5 days a week. To do this stretch: Stand facing a wall with your hands on the wall at about eye level. Put the leg you want to stretch about a step behind your other leg. Keeping your…

Phalangeal Head Resection (Arthroplasty) for Toe Joint Deformities

Surgeons often use phalangeal head resection to correct hammer, claw, and mallet toes . In this procedure, the surgeon removes part of one of the toe bones, the phalangeal head, so that the toe can lie flat. The affected tendons are cut and then reattached to conform to the new, correct toe position. A wire or tape…

Stretch: Plantar Fascia and Calf

Stretching the plantar fascia and calf muscles can increase flexibility and reduce heel pain. You can do this exercise several times each day and before and after activity. Stand on a step as shown above. Be sure to hold on to the banister. Slowly let your heels down over the edge of the step as you relax your calf…

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis (say “PLAN-ter fash-ee-EYE-tus”) is pain in your heel or the bottom of your foot. It happens when the flat band of tissue (ligament) that supports the arch of your foot is inflamed or irritated. Plantar fasciitis is common in middle-aged people. It also occurs in younger people who are on their feet a…

Foot Problems: Finding the Right Shoes

Footwear plays a large role in the development of foot and toe problems such as bunions , calluses and corns , and hammer, claw, and mallet toes . Shoes that don’t fit properly make these conditions worse and more painful. But wearing the right shoes may help keep foot problems from becoming worse. A comfortable…