John Hollander, DPM

Fashion Boots for Kids- Good or Bad?

It’s that time of year again, when we want to dress our kids up in cute outfits and winter gear, and that includes fashionable boots that look like Mom’s and Dad’s!  But are those fashion forward boots causing harm to our children’s feet?

According to APMA, parents need to “be size smart. It may be tempting to buy pricey specialty footwear (like winter boots or ski boots) for kids in a slightly larger size, thinking they’ll be able to get two seasons of wear out of them. But unlike coats that kids can grow into, footwear needs to fit properly right away. Properly fitted skates and boots can help prevent blisters, chafing, and ankle or foot injuries. Likewise, if socks are too small, they can force toes to bunch together, and that friction can cause painful blisters or corns.”

Follow these tips when shopping for boots or any type of footwear for your children to assure proper foot support:

  • Take your child shoe shopping at the end of the day (the same applies to adults). Our feet tend to swell throughout the day.
  • Always buy for the larger size. Both feet are rarely the exact same size.
  • Wear socks that you would normally wear with the shoes you are trying on to assure proper fit.
  • Look for a boot that does NOT twist in the middle (arch area). A shoe should NEVER twist.
  • Boots should have a stiff heal and the toe area should only bend where your child’s toes are. It should NOT overly bend.

By following these important shoe shopping tips, you can be sure your child is not only walking in style, but most importantly, in comfort!


Should your child experience a sprain, fracture or other foot related pain, call Dr. Hollander’s office for excellent care!  (707) 578-1222.

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Fun Crafts for Turkey Day

Thanksgiving Day is around the corner and the location and menu have been planned or you’re in the middle of planning it!  Wouldn’t it be fun to add a Thanksgiving themed craft into the mix?  We have complied a list of fun things you can make with the whole family!  Use this holiday as a chance to slow down and some enjoy family and friend time.


Silly Foot Turkeys

Turn your kids into cute little turkeys by using their feet! This craft will surly put a smile on your face!


Turkey Cone-Hats or Table Decorations!

The bright feathers and goofy eyes really brings this craft to life!


Stuff the Turkey Game!

Entertain your guests (kids and adults) with this silly game of Stuff the Turkey!


Footprint & Handprint Turkey!

Of course, we had to throw this craft into the mix- we’re a Podiatrists Office!


Turkey Name Cards

They look like they were purchased from a store!


We are thankful to have such wonderful patients like you! Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!~ Dr. Hollander & Staff

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What is the Nail Matrix?

No, I’m not referring to The Matrix the movie.  I’m talking about the nail matrix, a very important part of our finger nails and toe nails.

The nail matrix is located under the base of the finger or toe nail. It contains blood vessels and nerves like most other parts of our body.  It is responsible for generating the cells that create our actual nail.  As new cells are made, the old cells (nail) are pushed forward to make room- which is why our nails grow.

The nail matrix is a delicate area. Damage to the matrix can result in broken blood vessels, which is usually recognized by a horizontal brown-reddish band under your nail.  If the nail matrix is badly damaged, scarring can occur, and even potentially lead to a nail that grows out funky (split in half). Be sure to take it easy the next time you push back your cuticles, for it is a delicate area.

If you think you may have damaged your nail matrix, make an appointment with Dr. Hollander to have your nail looked at (707) 578-1222

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Selecting the Best Shoes for Wide Feet


Shopping for shoes that are both cute and comfortable can be a daunting task in itself; but if you have wide feet, it can be even more challenging.  Finding shoes that fit your feet properly is crucial in preventing discomfort and the development of other foot conditions.  Having a poorly fitting shoe can lead to issues like: painful arches, bunions, blisters, poor circulation of the feet, poor walking gait & foot alignment, ingrown toenails and tight muscles!  Take a look at the following tips to helping you select the best shoes for wide feet.

Measure your feet yearly

As we age, our feet can get longer and wider.  Get a proper size measurement by having your podiatrist or shoe provider measure the length and width of your feet. There are methods of measuring at home, but having a professional help is best.

What to look for in a wide shoe

Once you have determined your shoe size, you will want to start looking at shoes that will suit your needs best. Those of us with wide feet will need to look for size widths that start at D to 2E for women and 2E to 4E for men.  You will want to find a shoe that has a wide toe box. Avoid shoes that tapper to a point, these tend to squish your toes.  And it is best to try on shoes with a thick sock. This will allow for room in your shoe on days that your feet may swell. If the shoe feels too tight now, put it back, it’s not going to stretch enough to suit your needs!

Where to shop for wide shoes

Focus your efforts on shoe brands and retailers that cater to the wider foot.  In bigger cities you can usually find at least one retailer in the mall, but if you don’t have one in town, the internet is an amazing resource as well.  While it may be a hassle, you can always return the shoes if they don’t fit the way you want them to.  You can find all kinds of wide and extra wide shoes, from running shoes, to casual shoes and even dress shoes.

There are many shoe brands and styles that have received the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Approval and you can view the list here.

If you would like help to determine your shoe size or have any foot related questions or concerns, please give our office a call at (707) 578-1222- we would love to help you!

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Could You Be Suffering from Bursitis?

Are you having difficulty moving one or both of your feet? Do the joints in your toes feel inflamed or swollen? Do you have pain in the ball of your foot, the base of your big toe joint or at your heel?  Are your feet achy?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may be experiencing bursitis.


Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa.  The bursa is fluid filled sack that cushions your joints and absorbs the shock when being moved.  If the bursa becomes inflamed, a person would experience the symptoms described above.


Bursitis tends to occur from a few different means:  Overusing a joint (say from sports or repetitive motion in daily tasks), trauma, a sudden twisting or bending in the joint or, even aging (the bursa can wear out over time).

Treating bursitis is something you can do at home.  Rest the joint of concern frequently.  If a repetitive motion like kicking a ball or walking upstairs causes the inflammation, try to reduce the activity for a while.  Icing the pained joint 3-4 times a day for 10-15 minutes can help reduce inflammation and swelling.  If the pain is in your heel, you may want to use a special heel insert to provide cushioning (this is something your doctor can assist you with).  Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as well, to help reduce your discomfort.


If these at-home treatments are not providing you with relief, give our office a call today.  We will discuss all your pain-relieving options.  (707) 578-1222

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John D. Hollander, DPM Recognized as Among “Top Doctors” of 2017 by Sonoma County Magazine!

John D. Hollander, DPM has been chosen as among the top podiatric doctors by Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctors survey.


John D. Hollander, DPM and his “Star Team” of medical assistants.


Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctor 2017 survey polled Sonoma County doctors and medical specialists for healthcare practitioners they most often recommend to a loved one. More than 300 professionals are noted in the September issue as “the crème de la crème” in more than 50 categories. Dr John D. Hollander ranked at the top for most likely to be referred in the category of podiatric specialists. “I’m not just a pretty face!” That was Dr. Hollander’s reaction when he found out about this recognition.



About Dr John D. Hollander’s Medical Practice

With a Star Team of podiatric medical assistants aimed at providing excellent care to patients, the office offers a full range of podiatric services, ranging from foot care to dealing with foot injuries, nail fungus, and co-morbidities related to Diabetes.


Here is a list of some of the podiatric services offered and conditions that we commonly treat:

  • Nail fungus. State of the art laser treatment for ugly, fungal toenails.
  • Heel & arch pain, plantar fasciitis.
  • Bunions and hammertoes.
  • Ankle pain.
  • Ingrown toenails.
  • Plantar warts.
  • Arthritic foot pain.
  • Diabetic foot ulcers.
  • Functional custom foot orthotics.
  • Sprains and fracture care.
  • Ingrown toenails treatment.
  • Destruction of plantar warts.
  • Raynaud’s syndrome care and management.
  • Metatarsalgia, pain on the ball of the foot.
  • Gait and instability issues.
  • Fall prevention management for the elderly.
  • Pediatric foot problem.


Our Mission statement

“We are committed to create an Exceptional experience while keeping our patients on their feet, one step at a time.”

To learn more about Dr. John D. Hollander and the many services provided visit our website at Call today for an appointment at (707) 579-1102 and let us help you put your best foot forward.

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Sever’s Disease- A Common Occurrence

As a child ages, their growth plates produce cartilage cells that change into bone. Eventually, when the bones are finished growing, the growth plates will fuse to the long bones. While a child is still growing and their growth plates are still able to maneuver and produce bone matter, injuries to them can occur.

One very common injury is Sever’s Disease, which can occur in children between the ages of 7 and 14.  Sever’s Disease occurs when the growth plate in a child’s heel becomes inflamed. This can occur when the heel bone grows faster than the leg muscles and tendons. “This can cause the muscles and tendons to become very tight and overstretched, making the heel less flexible and putting pressure on the growth plate. The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon that attaches to the growth plate in the heel. Over time, repeated stress (force or pressure) on the already tight Achilles tendon damages the growth plate, causing the swelling, tenderness, and pain of Sever’s disease[i].”


Common Causes

  • Physical activities, playing sports that require running or jumping on hard surfaces
  • Poor fitting shoes
  • Standing for extended periods of time
  • Overuse of the Achilles tendon
  • Additional contributing factors: flat feet, pronated feet, high arches, overweight


Signs & Symptoms

  • Pain, tenderness or swelling and redness in the heel
  • difficulty walking
  • discomfort or stiffness in the feet upon awaking
  • discomfort when the heel is squeezed on both sides
  • limping or walking on tiptoes



Resting the foot is the top thing a patient can do. This will allow the pain and swelling to have a chance to reduce.  It is best to avoid activities that put pressure on the heel, while it is healing.  Additional treatments, depending on the patients’ needs may include: acetaminophen or Ibuprofen to help reduce swelling and relieve pain, suggest stretching exercises, the use of heel lifts in shoes, elevate and ice the heel or use a compression sock.

If you believe your child may be experiencing Sever’s Disease, or showing signs of any foot discomfort, reach out to Dr. Hollander to determine the best course of action.  Remember, we are here for you!  (707) 578-1222



[i] Kid’s Health.Org “Sever’s Disease” June 2013.

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Prepare For Your Next Race With Shin Splint Prevention

Big races deserve plenty of training. Whether you plan to run the full or half marathon, the 5K or even the 3K, you should already be boosting your training so you can race well. An important aspect of preparation that many runners don’t consider is shin splint prevention.

Shin splints are a common overuse problem that affects many athletes. Stress in the tissues along your shin bones causes burning and aching pain in the front of your legs when you are active. This can set back your training quite a bit and make it harder to achieve your goals before a big race. Investing in shin splint prevention can help you avoid the issue altogether, allowing you to continue running strong. Here are a few basic factors to consider that can help prevent this injury:

Shoes – Your footwear supports your feet as you stride and helps you absorb impacts on the ground. Use models that fit your feet correctly and replace any worn out pairs.

Orthotics – Sometimes shoes are not enough to support your lower limbs. If you have very flat or very high arches, you may need an insert to stabilize your midfoot.

Conditioning – Your feet and lower legs need to be built up over time to handle your activities. Stretch and strengthen your calves and shins regularly to help condition them for the strain of running.

Cross-training – Your limbs do need breaks from hard impacts to recover. To continue working other muscles, cross-train with low-impact activities like biking or swimming.

Pay attention to your body during your activities. Shin splint prevention helps, but your feet will tell you if it actually works. If you are struggling with painful shins or are not sure how to condition your lower limbs, let us know here at John D. Hollander, DPM in Santa Rosa, CA. We can help. Call (707) 578-1222 or submit a request through the website to reach us.


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Trail Mix Recipes for Every-Body!

Mango Curry Trail Mix from Eating Bird Food.

Trail mix is a great go to snack for anyone on the run. They can vary between sweet, salty, spicy and savory.

Here is a compilation of trail mix recipes for every body (athletic, gluten-free, young, adventurous, diabetic) to enjoy!

Runner’s/Walker’s Trail Mix

1/2 c. each of almonds, pecans, roasted soy nuts, dried cranberries & blueberries

¼ c. pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds

Combine all ingredients and enjoy!

Serving Size: 1/3 cup    Per serving: Calories-180, Protein- 5g, Carbs-16g, Fat-11g, Fiber-4g


Gluten-Free Honey Glazed Trail Mix

2 c. each of gluten-free rice chex mix & gluten-free pretzels

1/2c. roasted peanuts

1 c. dehydrated fruit (your choice)

1/2c. raw honey

1/8c. coconut oil

For cooking directions visit Chemistry Cachet




Toddler/Kid Nut-Free Trail Mix

2 c. Rice Chex & Cheerios

3/4c. Pepitas (de-shelled pumpkin seeds)

2Tbsp. Butter, melted

1tsp. cinnamon

1/2c/ chocolate covered sunflower seeds (or chocolate chips & plain sunflower seeds)

1/2c. dried blueberries

1Tbsp. brown sugar

For the super quick recipe instructions visit The Lean Green Bean


The Adventurer-Mango Curry Trail Mix

1/2c. each of raw cashews, raw almonds & raw pepitas, dried mango (cut into small pieces)

1Tbsp. curry powder

1 1/2tsp. maple syrup

1/2tsp. sea salt

1/4c. dried cherries

Combine all ingredients (except mango & cherries) and toss well. Roast in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Then add mango & cherries and enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of : Eating Bird Food


Diabetic Friendly Firey Trail Mix

4c. crisp mixed veggie sticks

2c. each of cheerios and chex cereals

1 3/4c. pretzel sticks

1/2c. whole almonds

1tsp. packed brown sugar

1tsp. paprika

1/2tsp. ground ancho or pasilla chile peppercorn powder

1/2tsp. ground cumin

1/4tsp. cayenne pepper

1/4tsp. salt

Olive oil nonstick cooking spray

Learn the recipe and nutritional information here.


We would love to hear what you think of these recipes. We hope you enjoy making and tasting them!




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Tendinitis of the Lower Extremities

What is Tendinitis?

Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon- a thick fibrous cord that attaches the muscle to bone.

While tendinitis can occur in any of your tendons, tendinitis in the lower extremities include your knees and ankles.

Common types of tendinitis include: Achilles tendinitis, posterior tibial tendinitis, peroneal tendinitis & patellar tendinitis (patella or knee area).

Causes & Symptoms:

Tendinitis can result from over-use of the tendon or improper stretching.

Symptoms include immediate pain when using the tendon and sometimes swelling at the site.


Treatment can begin at home with rest and ice. Stay off your leg or foot as much as possible and ice the area for 15 minutes, up to four times a day.

If the pain does not reside after rest and ice, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. They will ask you a series of questions about your activity and discomfort. They may request X-rays or an MRI depending upon your case.

Treatment by your podiatrist will focus on relieving and preventing future pain. The use of a foot boot to reduce mobility may be in order. They may recommend custom orthotics for your shoes to reduce rolling of the ankle or have you perform specific stretching exercises to increase tendon elasticity.

Do not let tendon pain go ignored. Seek medical attention if pain persists or worsens. Our office is open Monday through Friday and we can be reached at (707)578-1222.

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