- Achilles Tendon
- Ankle Pain
- Ankle Sprains
- Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care
- Athletes Foot
- Custom Molded Orthothics
- Diabetic Foot
- Flat Feet
- Foot Fractures
- Foot Pain
- Foot Surgery
- Fungus Toenails
- Geriatric Foot Care
- Heel Pain
- Heel Spurs
- Ingrown Toenails
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Sports Medicine
- Wound Care
Common Foot & Ankle Conditions and Problems
Ankle sprains are very common injuries with more than 3 million suffered each year in the US. They occur when the ligaments in the ankle are severely stretched or torn. Medical attention will be necessary to rule out a fracture, as often it is difficult to tell the full extent of the injury.
A bunion is a bone deformity usually occurring at the base of the big toe. This is a progressive condition that is made worse by inward pressure from tight shoes. Bunions can be very painful, and in some instances surgery may be necessary to remove them.
Flat feet is a condition where the entire, or nearly entire, bottom of the foot meets the ground when standing. Depending on the severity, symptoms of flat feet can range from severe pain to non-existent.
Hammertoe is a characterized by one or more of the toes having a bend in the middle joint. This occurs because of weakening of the muscle due to poorly fitted shoes or a genetically inherited trait.
Diabetes and Your Feet
Diabetes is a systemic illness that can affect many different parts of the body. This is especially true for the feet. Proper foot screening is incredibly important for diabetic patients and any kind of cut or sore should be taken very seriously.
A heel spur is a bony protrusion that occurs on the heel. It is often confused with plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament. When a heel spur is painful it can make it quite difficult to walk.
Corns and calluses are hard layers of skin that usually form due to friction. Generally, they will be in areas of the foot that are bearing weight, or areas that frequently rub against the shoe. Soft corns are typically found between the toes.
Athlete’s foot is a very common fungal infection that affects countless people around the world. It will manifest itself on the skin of the foot, in many cases in between the toes. Because fungi proliferate in warm, damp environments, keeping the feet clean and dry is of utmost importance in avoiding athlete’s foot.
What is a Podiatrist?
Podiatrist - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)
If you’re suffering from pain in any of your feet, ankles, or areas of your lower legs, you’ll want to visit a foot doctor, podiatrist. A podiatrist is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). Podiatrists study, diagnose, and treat conditions and injuries affecting the above-mentioned areas. Your primary physician may refer you to a podiatrist if they suspect problems in your feet, ankles, and lower extremities.
Podiatrists finish 4 years of podiatry school and a 3-year hospital residency. After residency, podiatrists are certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Podiatrists can pursue specialized fellowship training and advanced certifications granted by various institutions. Podiatric surgeons, for example, are podiatrists who specialize in foot surgery. They are certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Like all doctors, podiatrists must be licensed to practice in the state they work in.
Conditions Podiatrists Treat
Podiatrists treat people of all ages, and most podiatrists treat a variety of general foot and ankle conditions. These include heel pain, ingrown toenails. toenail fungus, bunions, plantar, warts, hammertoes, flat feet, neuromas, arthritis, and diabetic foot. Many podiatrists specialize in specific foot concerns or areas of foot medicine. These include bunion removal or correction, wound care, orthotics, sports medicine, fractures, and pediatrics.
Podiatrists are true foot and ankle specialists. If you have concerns about your feet, ankles, or lower extremities, consult with a local podiatrist.