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What Makes My Patients Cry Mar 26th, 2021

There are only a few things that make my patients cry when they come into the office. While I enjoy being a podiatrist, my patients don't usually cry when they come into the office. In the last year, I've had two patients that have cried when they see me or...

Westborough Office Virtual Tour Mar 24th, 2021

Click Play To Watch Call (508) 757-4003 for an appointment. Make an online appointment at www.centralmasspodiatry.com

Surgical Correction of Hallux Limitus (big toe joint arthritis) Mar 7th, 2021

Hallux limitus an arthritic condition that affects the big toe joint in your foot. In a previous blog, I discussed extensively a condition called functional hallux limitus, specifically the differences between functional hallux limitus and structural hallux limitus, which are both limited motion through your big toe joint. You can...

All about flat feet Jan 24th, 2021

What are flat feet and what are the treatment options for you or your children? Watch video replay here:   If you need an urgent appointment please call the office at 508.757.4003.  

Let’s Go Streaking Jan 6th, 2021

In late 2016, I was treating a runner with a foot issue.  What was most memorable from that meeting was a run streak she had kept active for years.  Earlier that same year, another patient of mine was also fighting to keep alive a 3-year run streak and trying to...

Regenerative medicine- a lawn care analogy Jul 28th, 2020

Some injuries and conditions of the foot and ankle do not respond to our common treatment measures. Some of our most common treatments include custom foot orthotics, soft tissue massage to release tightness, physical therapy and cortisone injections. If these methods fail and we are trying to avoid surgery, we...

Walking Tips and Tricks May 21st, 2020

Here are the shoe recommendations - Shoe Recommendations

Functional Hallux Limitus- Your big toe movement affects the rest of your foot (and body!) Apr 19th, 2020

“My big toe hurts” is a common complaint for new patients in our office. There are myriad reasons why a big toe can hurt. These include ingrown toenails, bony prominences, arthritis, gout, infection, bunions, sesamoiditis, fractures. For the purpose of this article, we’re going to discuss the big toe joint,...

New Book on Achilles Tendinitis Jan 28th, 2020

Here is a new publication that Dr. Pelto put together called the "Healthy Living Guide to Achilles Tendinitis."  It has information to help you learn more about this condition.  Click HERE to view the book.  

You are invited to a talk on Intermittent Fasting on Saturday February 29th at 11am!! Jan 24th, 2020

Intermittent Fasting: Could it be helpful for you? This concept has been in the media recently and many patients in the office have some questions about fasting.  If you have been in to see me we may have talked about this idea and I have the prividlege of doing a...

Interview with patient with Charcot foot that was actually Lymphoma Dec 24th, 2019

Here is an interview of a patient who developed a Lymphoma (Cancer) in his foot and his experience.

Interview with Tom Ingrassia Dec 20th, 2019

In this interview Dr. Pelto will go over different ideas with Tom Ingrassia about motivation and inspiration.    

The 451 Dec 5th, 2019

Next year I turn 50.  Hard to believe, but happy to still be here and still able to move.  As 2019 winds down, I’d like to reflect on what has been, for me, a busy race year.  It marked my return to ½ marathons; I ran 2.  My 12th Boston...

Interview with Zach Smith about patient education with Patient Education Genius Sep 28th, 2019

In this interview Dr. Pelto will talk about the future of patient education with a program called patient education genius. Links: www.patienteducationgenius.com

Question and Answer with Dr. Pelto Sep 28th, 2019

In this video Dr. Pelto will go over some of the most common questions his patients ask him.

Consumer Awareness Guide to Choosing a Podiatrist Sep 27th, 2019

 In this video Dr. Pelto will go over many of the common questions you should ask when picking a podiatrist for your treatment.

Interview with Paul Cyr about living healthy Sep 14th, 2019

In this interview Dr. Pelto will talk to Paul Cyr about health tips.

Important Additional Thoughts on Multisport Training Aug 1st, 2019

As promised, here is part two of a blog series on multisport training, specifically derived from my recent conversion from distance runner, into a generally healthier, happier version of myself. Please see my previous blogs on the advantages and disadvantages of multisport training and my recent experience with a 70.3...

Advantages and Disadvantages of Triathlon Training Jul 18th, 2019

See my previous blog about my recent half ironman experience here As a recovering college distance runner, getting older has been hard. I've put a lot of miles on my body and have not always been good about taking care of myself. In college, I had a difficult time making...

Marathon Training: A Practical Overview (Part 3) Jul 11th, 2019

Welcome to Part 3 of the Marathon Training Overview. If you haven’t yet, please read Part 1 and Part 2 where we explored goal setting, how to choose a race, run metric measuring and developing the aerobic system. We also touched upon modifying typical race programs to serve your needs...

Diabetic Shoe Fitting Tips Jul 3rd, 2019

In this video, Dr. Pelto will go over tips for you if you have diabetes and need diabetic shoes or if you are a person fitting others with diabetic shoes. We will go over many of the common problems that can happen when fitting shoes for diabetics. Transcript of Video...

The Office Tour Jul 3rd, 2019

In this video Dr. Pelto will give a tour of his office at Central Massachusetts Podiatry located in Worcester Massachusetts.   Transcript of Video and today we're here to see Dr. Pelto central mass podiatry let's go see what he's up to just run - ho - right here you...

Intermittent Fasting Interview with Nadia Brito Pateguana - Part 2 Jul 3rd, 2019

In this interview Dr. Pelto will go into some more advanced questions about fasting and tips for those interested in learning how to use fasting for weight loss, diabetes and other health benefits. Links: www.idmprogram.com Transcript of Video:   hello and welcome to healthy living I'm Dr. Donald Pelto and today I...

Marathon Running: A Practical Overview (Part 2) Jul 2nd, 2019

This is part 2 of 3 of Dr. Feldman’s Marathon Training Practical Overview. Part 1 emphasized choosing a realistic goal, appropriate course and training intensity measurement. Click here to review.    Most all training plans call for building up your mileage week to week and throughout the training block for...

Marathon Training: A Practical Overview Jun 26th, 2019

If you are a Marathon runner or are considering running a Marathon, please read Part 1 of Dr. Feldman's Marathon Training: A Practical Overview.  Dr. Feldman has been helping guide and treat patients training for races of all distances from the 5k to 100+ miles, Ironman and Ultraman triathlon and...

How to keep your feet healthy and strong throughout life Jun 20th, 2019

A really good question came across our social media feed recently; “Tell us how to best care for our feet as we, ahem, become mature!” I LOVE this question, because the answer speaks to everything I believe in as a foot doctor! The answer is simple; USE THEM! Your feet, not your...

Training vs Racing Jun 11th, 2019

Last week I wrote about Running in the Heat.  In a comic sense of irony, I ended up needing several liters of IV fluids after running the 50-mile trail run put on by The North Face at Wachusett mountain this past Saturday.  Well, while I clearly did not follow my...

Running in the Heat Jun 5th, 2019

  It’s that time of year again for runners (and walkers) where we switch our complaints from “too cold” to “too hot!”  As someone who HATES the cold, I actually prefer the hot days, though the extreme hot or cold is always tough.  The argument for the cold weather runners...

Questions and Answers to Toe Nail Fungus May 31st, 2019

Full Video available Here  Types of Nail Fungus 1. Superficial White Mycosis (Top Right Corner) - Condition is on the very top of the nail, very common with women especially those that wear nail polish all year round. 2. Thickened and Lifted Nail (Bottom Right Corner) - Many times water...

A Podiatrist's Journey through his first half Ironman May 22nd, 2019

As a long time runner, with an extensive injury history, it was only a matter of time before Dr. Feldman convinced me to give triathlons a shot. Add in some fraternal competition from my older brother in Seattle and we were off. (This will be a blog about the race...

The Damage & Pain Old or Bad Shoes can Cause May 15th, 2019

Old Shoes - Old or worn out shoes are one of the most common problems we see as podiatrists.  Usually people use the oldest shoes to do the dirtiest work or hardest work.  This can cause problems such as plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis or other foot conditions caused by a lack...

Rocky Raccoon 100 Miler Feb 13th, 2019

Rocky raccoon 100 mile recap   Another 100, another buckle. Always a challenge and always a blessing. I’m not sure I’ve ever wanted a race to end more than this one. The race itself was well organized, terrific vibe and the weather was perfect. What made this race uncomfortable wasn’t...

Interview with Joanna Anderson about running and Tri-State Running Group Dec 22nd, 2018

In this interview Dr. Pelto will talk with Joanna Anderson one of the founding members of the Tri-State Running Group about how she got interested in running and how she has been involved in this group over the past few years. She will also give some tips of using running...

Lost 60lbs with Intermittent Fasting - Interview with Jason Kurland Dec 21st, 2018

HERE ARE SOME OTHER VIDEOS ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-yeeQ7_qeuskiudZ5dt50X3tan2Dg8G8 HERE ARE THE PATIENT RESOURCES I GIVE TO PATIENTS ABOUT FASTING: https://www.postwire.com/page/5bb65d657041a76b6433030b/edit LOVE THIS INFORMATION AND WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR FOOT CONDITION?  HERE ARE SOME NEXT STEPS! 1) MAKE AN APPOINTMENT if you...

Interview with Ron Ernenwein about health and life work balance Dec 20th, 2018

In this episode we will talk to Ron Ernenwein about staying healthy and balanced in life. Transcript of Video   hi welcome to healthy living I'm dr. Donna pelt oh and I have Ron earning wine here and Julie here Ron is the owner of double a transportation company and...

Interview with Steven Lichtman from Fitness Together Dec 20th, 2018

In this interview Dr. Pelto is interviewing Steve Lichtman about health and losing weight.   HERE ARE SOME OTHER VIDEOS ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-yeeQ7_qeuskiudZ5dt50X3tan2Dg8G8   LOVE THIS INFORMATION AND WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR FOOT CONDITION?  HERE ARE SOME NEXT STEPS! 1) MAKE...

What Shoe Is Best? Shoe Buying Tips Nov 13th, 2018

Here is a lecture done for the Worcester Senior center with shoe buying tips. Below you will find the link to the different resources mentioned in the video. https://www.postwire.com/page/5be181fc84350f51db94286a Transcript of Video   so let's talk first about what type of shoe is best for you okay and I have...

Nail Salon Safety and Medinails Nov 6th, 2018

In this interview Dr. Pelto will interview Dr. Robert Spalding the creator of MediNails an online platform to educate and advised the understanding about the nail care industry as well this interview will include two of Dr. Spalding's graduates Lori Ducharme and Ninna Dawn Patton. 

Interview with Reilly Sweetland founder of FollowUpThen.com Oct 17th, 2018

 In this interview we are discussing about being more efficient and effective in life with a website called FollowUpThen.com. This will allow people others to be more effective about following up with other and possibly allow your email to get to zero. 

Compassion Fatigue with Bob Bureau Oct 17th, 2018

In this interview we are going to talk more with Mr. Robert Bureau and about coping with difficult times in life both personally and as a caregiver to others.

Interview with Dr. Brittany Falcone DC Sep 19th, 2018

In this interview for Healthy Living we will look at many aspects of chiropractic care and focus on the specialty of Dr. Falcone which includes prenatal and postpartum care.  Dr. Falcone is a chiropractor in Worcester, Massachusetts. Links: http://www.backtohealthchiro.net

Tips on Losing Weight Michael Stanton Sep 19th, 2018

In this interview we will go over many aspects of living healthier and getting and staying in shape.  Michael Stanton has a unique business and shake shop in Worcester.

How to treat your varicose veins? Aug 30th, 2018

In this interview, Dr. Pelto talks with Dr. Lorraine Loretz a specialist who works with different types of Vein Problems.

How to treat your plantar fasciitis? Aug 30th, 2018

In this video we will go over different aspects of how to quickly get rid of your plantar fasciitis. Postwire Link of Patient Information - https://www.postwire.com/page/53b2fad019eb384cd5027e52 https://youtu.be/IsMFT4tZpdQ   (Trascript Below) Hello and welcome to healthy living I'm Dr. Donald Pelto and today we're going to talk about how you can get rid of...

What is the best way to treat your nail fungus? Jun 21st, 2018

Here is a video about nail fungus and different treatment options

Leadville Trail Marathon Jun 21st, 2018

Leadville Trail Marathon and Pre-race InjuriesLeadville has been on my mind since the Ambulance ride of 2016 (Previously on "running in Leadville").  This race was not 100 miles, but it was brutal nonetheless, even if not at altitude.  Leadville is quite a unique place.  Situated at 10152’ above sea level,...

New Treatment For Ugly Nails - Keryflex May 25th, 2018

KeryFlex Nail Restoration is a painless, in-office application that restores the appearance of an individual’s natural nails. This system allows for a certified provider to remodel an individual’s damaged nails affected by fungus, defects or trauma. The composite resin creates a flexible, but durable, non-porous nail that allows the remaining natural...

Operative Wart Treatment May 24th, 2018

Below please find simages and a video of the same wart through multiple phases of treatment.If you have more questions about warts, please see Dr. Pelto's Healthy Living Series video on warts here.WARNING: some of the images may be considered graphic by some. Pre-treatment:  Wart, post-blistering chemical treatment with some improvement:  Video of surgical excision...

Personal Maintenance May 11th, 2018

“Well, there’s your problem right there”Most people can picture a car mechanic saying this to them at some point in their lives. A leak in the exhaust pipe, a cracked hose, a tire with no tread left, a filter that’s full of grit and grim. As a car owner, those...

A tale of two Marathons Apr 18th, 2018

In this blog we’ll revisit April 16th 2018, Marathon Monday. It was a day that saw amazing accomplishments by so many people in the worst weather for running.  Desi Linden outlasted the competition to become the first American woman to win Boston in the professional era. Yuki Kawauchi, a runner...

How do I stay healthy as a senior citizen? Interview with Dr. Harvey Clermont Apr 4th, 2018

Here is an interview with Dr. Clermont about staying healthy as a senior.  (Transcript Below)Hello in welcome to healthy livingI'm Dr. Donald Pelto and I'm here withdr. Harvey Clermont today he is aretired surgeon from the area ofWorcester dr. Clermont thank you forjoining us in healthy living no I'mhappy to be...

Cold Injuries - Causes and Treatments Apr 3rd, 2018

In this video we will go over different causes of cold injuries and how you can treat them.  (transcript below)Hello and welcome to healthy living I'mDr. Donald Pelto and today we're goingto talk about a different topic for NewEngland because during this winter timeit seems like it's just going on and...

Do I have skin cancer on my foot? Mar 21st, 2018

Here is an interview with Dr. Camille Roberts, a dermatologist in Worcester, Massachusetts where we talk about common skin conditions including cancer of the of the foot.  (Transcript Below)Hi and welcome to healthy livingI'm Dr. Donald Pelto and I'm here withDr. Camille Roberts she is adermatologist in the area of Worcesterand...

Nail Salon Safety Mar 21st, 2018

In this interview we will go over safety aspects regarding getting your nails done.   

Interview with Bonnie Lefrak from the Fitness Asylum Feb 15th, 2018

Here is an interview with Bonnie Lefrak the owner of the Fitness Asylum.  We are talking about nutrition and weight loss as we start off this new year.  (Transcript of interview is below)hi I'm dr. pelto and welcome tohealthy living I'm here with my specialguest Bonnie Lafrak from the FitnessAsylum Bonnie...

Foam Rolling Exercises Feb 8th, 2018

Here is a video of foam rolling exercises.  These can be done for many conditions of the foot and ankle including achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.  Below the video you will find the transcript of the video.  If you would like a free 14 day course on heel pain I send...

Plantar Fasciitis - Free 14 Day Mini Course Feb 7th, 2018

 Here is a free mini-course that we put together to give out helpful information about plantar fasciitis.  You will get one e-mail per day with helpful information regarding soft tissue work to the calf region, stretching exercises, cortisone injection, custom orthoics and advanced treatments emailed to you.  In the past...

Trigger Point Tool Exercises Feb 1st, 2018

Here is a video explaining how to use the trigger point tools for loosening the back of the calf region.  As well below the video I have included the transcript.If you would like a free 14 day course on heel pain I send to my patients just click below.14 Day...

Single Sport Specialization- Risk/Reward Jan 8th, 2018

Single Sport Specialization- Risk/Reward “I’m a runner.”Sports and activities we love become something we identify our personalities and lives around. I frequently have patients come into my office who describe themselves in this manner. “I’m a dancer”, “I’m a jiu-jitsu martial artist”, “I’m a baseball player”. Before you finish reading this...

Regenerative Medicine Roundtable Dec 20th, 2017

Please enjoy the following video from Dr. Pelto's Healthy Living series.  This video is an in-depth discussion about several types of medical treatments that fall under the umbrella term of "regenerative medicine". In this video, Dr. Pelto has Dr. Feldman and Dr. Saviet as guests where they discuss the uses, mechanisms,...

Healthy Living, "Diabetes" Nov 20th, 2017

  Please enjoy Dr. Pelto's Healthy Living video series on Diabetes. The videos are broken down into 4 sections, or you can watch the entire video from start to finish at the bottom.         Full Video: Here is the transcript of the videos.Hello this is Dr. Donald Pelto and in this episode of Healthy...

Shockwave Therapy: Medicine or Snake Oil? Nov 2nd, 2017

Shockwave therapy: Medicine or snake oil?Shockwave therapy, known by several other names like ESWT, EPAT and RSWT, is a relative newcomer to the medical tool belt. Its use has been growing since the 1980’s with initial applications for kidney stone destruction. Since the 1990’s, however, shockwave therapy has gained traction...

Healthy Living Series, Video #4 of 4: Warts Sep 25th, 2017

Please enjoy Dr. Pelto's video # 4 of 4 in his Healthy Living series. This edition is about warts.    Transcript Belowhi we're back to healthy living with dr.pelt oh and we're going to answer aquestion that I get from people everysummer when they go to the pools andthen they go to...

Healthy Living Series, video #3 of 4: Plantar Fasciitis Sep 18th, 2017

Here is Dr Pelto's Healthy Living Video series #3 of 4. This video is about plantar fasciitis.  If you would like a free 14 day course on heel pain I send to my patients just click below.14 Day Heel Pain Mini-Course Transcript BelowHello and welcome to healthy living I'mDr. Donald Pelto...

Healthy Living Video Series #2 of 4: Stress Fractures Sep 11th, 2017

Stress Fractures Here is Dr. Pelto's second video in a series of 4.   Transcript Belowhi and welcome back to healthy livingI'm dr. Donald Pelt oh and I want toanswer a common question I get in thesummertimewhy does my foot hurt when I start toexercise many people in the summertimethey start to increase...

Healthy Living Video Series #1 of 4: Fungal Toenails Aug 31st, 2017

Here is a new video from "Healthy Living" with Dr. Donald Pelto. This is the first in a series of 4 videos so far.  Fungal Toe Nails Transcript Belowhi and welcome back to healthy livingand I am Dr. Donald Pelto and now we'regoing to answer a question that peoplehave in the summertime...

The Importance of a Coach in Treating your Feet Aug 15th, 2017

The Importance of a CoachTake a minute to picture in your mind’s eye a “coach”. Did you create the image of a coach in movies or real life, standing on the sidelines, clipboard in hand, screaming at an athlete? Did you picture a person that you email once a week...

Don't Pick on the New Kid Jul 26th, 2017

Not everyone remembers their first day of school. I certainly do not. Most of the major logistic things happened around me while I was blissfully unaware. My transportation was already set up since small children don’t drive. My lunch was made because that’s what moms do when you still forget...

Wiping Out Warts with Effective Medical Treatment Jul 6th, 2017

Kissing a warty-skinned toad may turn out well in a fairy tale, but having warts in real life can be very unpleasant. Removing warts yourself is no easy task. Some people try treating their warts with over-the-counter remedies -- and usually without success. Most over-the-counter preparations contain strong chemicals or...

What is a Laceration and How is it Treated? Jul 6th, 2017

A laceration is also known as a cut or tear in the skin. A laceration can be superficial, meaning it’s shallow and is in the outer layer of the body affecting only the skin. Or it can be deep and extend under the skin and into the fatty tissue, muscle,...

Don’t Stress Out Over Stress Fractures: A Common Sense Approach for Treatment and Prevention Jul 6th, 2017

You may pride yourself on your active lifestyle, and you should, as staying active is one proven way to help maintain a higher level of overall health. But suddenly after your workout, you may notice a twinge of discomfort in your foot or ankle with certain activities, even though you...

Limb Length Discrepancy: Making Uneven Legs Even Jun 6th, 2017

You know the saying, “No one is perfect.” And that goes for the length of our legs. Limb length discrepancy is a common condition. It’s estimated that 23% of us have minor differences between the lengths of our legs, averaging about one centimeter -- which is nearly one-half inch.Limb length...

How to Bump off the Lumps of Ganglion Cysts Jun 6th, 2017

Lumps and bumps that appear anywhere on your body can be a cause for concern, and rightly so. While some lumps can be a sign of a serious medical condition such as cancer, others may signify the presence of a benign condition known as a ganglion cyst. If you find...

Hanging Ten - Keeping Your Toenails in Tip-Top Shape for the Beach Jun 6th, 2017

We all want to have nice looking toes and toenails, especially in the warm months of summer when we head to the pool, park, and beach. Many of us find ourselves wearing sandals as much as possible, and we love the feeling of going barefoot. But the germs that cause...

Your Guide to Bicycles and Bicycle Shoes May 2nd, 2017

Biking is one of the best forms of exercise, and there are few places more glorious to pedal than central Massachusetts in springtime. Whether you prefer a leisurely outing on the paved path around Blackstone River or the more challenging terrain of Sparrow Trail, our community offers easy access to...

Why Trail Running Rocks May 2nd, 2017

There’s no better time than the present to join the more than 8 million Americans who’re crazy about trail running. Massachusetts in May has the perfect weather (a daytime average of 71 degrees F), and hundreds of scenic routes, from Barker Road Trail to Bay Colony Rail Trail. Whether you’re...

Steps for Preventing Toenail Loss May 2nd, 2017

If you’re an avid runner or hiker, chances are your feet show it. Blisters, calluses and even blackened toenails that fall off are all common ailments. But most of the time, losing a toenail can be prevented with proper care and footwear. The two primary causes of toenail loss, medically...

Peroneal Tendon Injuries Should Never Be Ignored Apr 6th, 2017

Peroneal tendon problems are not among the most common sports injuries, but they’re definitely among the most frustrating. An acute or degenerative tear in one or more of these tendons, or a subluxation in which the tendon slips out of its normal position, can sideline a runner, tennis player or...

Treat Achilles Tendonitis Early Apr 6th, 2017

The Achilles tendon that connects your heel bone to your calf muscle is the largest and strongest tendon in the body. It’s also one of the likeliest to become strained and inflamed, a condition known as Achilles tendonitis. If you’re a runner, basketball player, tennis ace, or participate in another...

Hallux Limitus: When your big toe causes big pain Apr 6th, 2017

Everyone knows arthritis is a degenerative condition that often accompanies aging. However, few are likely aware that for 45 million Americans, arthritis afflicts the joint of the big toe, creating pain and restricting movement, especially when kneeling, squatting, running and even walking. Arthritis of the big toe is officially called...

When Arthritis Requires Surgery Mar 2nd, 2017

Say “arthritis” and most people think of a retired football player with bum knees or an elderly woman rubbing her sore shoulder in an Advil commercial. Yet arthritis can affect just about any joint, of which you may be surprised to learn the foot has a total of 33. Of...

Stomping out Common Myths About Running Mar 2nd, 2017

Don’t let common misconceptions about running stop you from trying, arguably, the most efficient, economical, and emotionally satisfying forms of exercise. As avid runners and doctors who treat them, we at Central Massachusetts Podiatry put five common myths about running to rest. Running is hard on your body.Running is healthy...

Healing Heel Pain Goes High-Tech Mar 2nd, 2017

No doubt you’ve heard about the flurry of high-tech solutions touted for eradicating wrinkles. Well, several similar ground-breaking discoveries are also now being used to eliminate heel pain. Here at Central Massachusetts Podiatry we’re committed to offering the latest, innovative and effective treatments, especially those that are non-invasive or only...

Don't Stand for Morton's Neuroma Pain Feb 7th, 2017

Ever feel like there’s a pebble in your shoe, but there’s not? If so, you likely have Morton’s neuroma, a benign thickening of the tissue surrounding one of the nerves between the ball of your foot and a toe. Typically, the affected area is located between the third and fourth...

Don’t Let Ingrown Toenail Pain Keep You Up at Night Feb 2nd, 2017

Don’t Let Ingrown Toenail Pain Keep You Up at Night You procrastinated making an appointment to see us, and now that painful, throbbing red ingrown toenail is waking you up in the middle of the night. We here at Central Massachusetts Podiatry see this scenario all the time. Better late...

Kicking Foot Pain with Amniotic tissue Treatment Jan 31st, 2017

When you have plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, just standing up out of bed in the morning can be a major challenge. Both plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis cause heel pain, often chronic, and are among the most common reasons that bring patients to Central Massachusetts Podiatry. Many of these...

Bunion Treatment Jan 20th, 2017

If you have bunions, you stand in good company. Amal Clooney, Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Lopez are among those with famous feet plagued by big-time bunions, according to a recent photo spread in the London Daily Mail. That’s not surprising, given the prevalence of this deformity in which the metatarsophalangeal...

Gout and the Holidays Jan 20th, 2017

Turkey, gravy, red velvet cake, and a chilled glass of bubbly, the culinary temptations of the holiday season can be hard to resist. But anyone who has gout must be vigilant in limiting indulgences that can trigger painful flare-ups. The same dietary parameters observed throughout the year – such as...

Exercising Outdoors in the Winter Jan 19th, 2017

Sure, it’s cold outside. But that’s no reason to sack out on the sofa — or even limit your exercise to the gym. From hitting a running trail to cutting the slopes, exercising outdoors in winter weather can be both invigorating and deliver an efficacious workout. Just make sure to...

The Core Oct 6th, 2016

The CorePart 2 of the "Oh My Gosh, I Have..." series will focus on the core. Why? Because, the core has everything to do with proper movement!Dispelling the myth of the core:Having 6 pack abs does not mean you have a strong core! People seem to equate stomach, or abdominal...

We Are Just a Bunch of Moving Parts! Oct 6th, 2016

The "Oh My Gosh, I Have..." blog series.In the following series of blogs, I will be presenting my thoughts and approaches to understanding the "why's" and the "what's" behind the conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Bunions, Hallux Limitus/Arthritis, Neuroma's and Metatarsalgia. However, it is essential to have a...

Belly Breathing Oct 4th, 2016

Is there one thing to do, one exercise possibly, that a person can do to help with pain in the foot? The surprising answer is yes. Even more surprising; it doesn't involve the foot!As a physician who treats people who want to walk, run, and play without foot pain, I'm...

How to Treat Achilles Tendonitis Sep 8th, 2016

  Here is a new video on YouTube about how to treat Achilles tendonitis. I hope you enjoy.- Dr. Pelto   

Acute Taperitis Sep 8th, 2016

“Trust thy taper.” It’s a time proven way to maximize your race potential. Not trusting the taper however, is an unfortunate mistake that most novice marathoners and triathletes make in the 3 weeks leading up to the big day. Most training plans build off of a long base of fitness,...

Let's Hit the Trails! Sep 8th, 2016

Let’s face it, once you start running trails, roads just flat out suck. I’ll give you my professional opinions and rationale, but let’s start by me just giving you an opinion from a runner’s standpoint.Running helps me clear my mind and organize my thoughts. It helps me take the chaos of...

Do Shoes Matter? Sep 8th, 2016

As a Podiatrist, I deal with feet.  “What type of shoe should I purchase” is probably the most common question I’m asked… after of course, why would anyone want to look at feet all day!  To answer that question properly, it requires most people to think differently.My patients, and people...

The Art of Gait Analysis Sep 8th, 2016

In today’s age of technology, there are so many ways in which we can analyze a patient’s gait (manner in which someone moves). Years ago I purchased Dartfish software, which along with a high definition video camera, my office treadmill (or a trip to the track), and time to break...