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We would like to reference a great article on conservative treatment for Bunions. Also we have a nice video that we created on both the conservative and surgical treatment of bunion deformities. Dr. Saffer and Dr. Brown are both board certified foot surgeons but take an aggressive conservative approach to bunion deformities. Sometimes simple changes in shoe gear and activity can decrease symptoms.

If surgery is needed that Bunion surgery is one of the most common foot surgeries performed by our foot specialists. The procedure is typically outpatient surgery and takes less than an hour to perform. Our foot surgeons follow patients very closely during the postoperative time frame which takes about 6-8 weeks to heal. Most patients during that time can weight bear in either a walking boot or surgical shoe.

Please look below at one article and one video on conservative and surgical treatment options for bunion deformities.

Back to School Foot Pain

After wearing flip-flops all summer, students head back to school with painful feet

As August approaches before you know it the ringing of school bells the moans and groans of students over tests, homework, relationships, and increasingly, their aching feet.

Around the Lowcountry flip-flops and sandals are the summer footwear of choice for many students. But while these sandals are inexpensive and stylish, they don't cushion or support the foot, leading to problems. After wearing flip-flops all summer, some students will head back to school this fall with foot pain and even injuries. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) reminds parents and students that foot pain isn't normal and can be reduced or eliminated.

People often don't realize that even into your mid-teens, there's new bone growing in your heel. Flip-flops don't cushion the heel, so repetitive stress from walking can inflame that heel bone growth area and cause pain and tenderness. Calcaneal Apophysitis or Severs Disease is a common foot condition that we see in children. This condition is an inflammaiton of the growth plate of the heel. We have noticed an increasing trend in this form of heel pain especially in young athletes playing year round sports.

Heel pain and arch pain rank among the most common complaints among students who wear flip-flops. Other flip-flop feet problems students can take back to school include inflammation of the Achilles tendon, painful pinched nerves, sprained ankles, broken or sprained toes, cuts and scrapes, plantar warts, Athlete's foot, and callus build-up on the heels and toes.

Foot and ankle surgeons can usually reduce or eliminate students' foot pain with simple treatment methods including stretching exercises, ice massage, anti-inflammatory medications, and custom or over-the-counter shoe inserts.

Back to school season will always be painful for some students, but it doesn't need to involve foot pain. For more information on foot and ankle health conditions please refer to our website at


Calcaneal Apophysitis is the most common cause of heel pain in young athletes. Recently Aaron Thornton a elite high school soccer player was interviewed by Jermel President (Former College of Charleston basketball star) about this foot condition and how he was treated by Carolina Foot Specialists with Custom Sports Orthotics. Below our two links one is some general information about growth plate heel injuries in young athletes and a youtube video interview with Aaron and his experience with Carolina Foot Specialists.

Jermel President former College of Charleston basketball star has created a Foundation called the DAE Foundation. Jermel came by our office this week to tape a show that will air this Sunday on DAE TV. The focus was on discussing the most common heel injury in young athletes, "calcaneal apophysitis." In addition Jermel interviewed one of the Lowcountry's top soccer players that suffered with this injury. The segment also included interviews with some of Dr. Saffer's patients and Dr. Saffer as well. Below is the link.

DAE TV will air Sundays at 7:20 pm from the Hampton Inn and Suites in West Ashley. The show will consist of a wide range of topics from sports, business, community events and politics.

Go to to subscribe. DAE TV is a weekly show that airs Sundayat 7:20pm, "stae tuned and tune in"....DAE TV.

Jermel has created the "Oatmeal Recipe." The DAE Foundation will begin the Oatmeal Recipe program in January 2015. The program, created by College of Charleston alum Jermel President, will train and guide young student-athletes throughout their elementary, middle and high school careers. Fifty kids will be chosen from different Tri-County schools, based on their academic performance to participate.

Carolina Foot Specialists is supporting this program. The program focuses on three main elements which are education, skill developement, and nutrition.


Coming soon.DAE TV UPDATE: stae tuned as we talk about a major injury in young athletes....Calcaneal Apophysitis....

Read up on it and hear more from Dr. Andrew Saffer, coming soon on DAE TV






It is very important to understand that if you have been suffering from heel pain it may not be "Plantar fasciits." That is why it is important to be evaluated by a Foot Specialist to make sure you have not been given the wrong diagnosis which could delay the resolution of heel pain. Here are other causes of heel pain that we see in our practice.
•Plantar Fasciosis (Fasciitis)                               
•Infracalcaneal Fat Pad Atrophy
•Medical Calcaneal Nerve Entrapment
•Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
•Rheumatoid Arthritis
•Reiter’s syndrome

•Ankylosing spondylitis

•Posterior Enethesopathies
•Behet’s syndrome
•Lateral Plantar N. branch to ADQ
•Calcaneal Stress fracture
•Calcaneal tumors/cysts
•Intraosseous edema of calcaneus