By [email protected]
April 02, 2017
Category: Podiatrist

why see a podiatristMany of us live with various aches and pains, some of which effect us much more than others.  One of the most common discomforts which people live with is foot and ankle pain.  Many are afraid or embarrassed to even mention this to their loved ones or even their primary care physician. However, there is no reason to live with this pain any longer, it is time to see a podiatrist.

 

What Will The Podiatrist Do?

 

Podiatrists, or DPMs, are certified trained doctors who specialize in medical diagnosis of the feet and ankles.  This most commonly includes sprains, fractures, heel spurs, hammertoes, infections, injuries, fungal growths, corns/calluses and bunions.  Podiatry is a rapidly growing field, as more and more Americans are being treated and relieved of their pain.  During your initial visit, the podiatrist will perform a full evaluation of your feet and surrounding structures.  In some cases, this may include taking x-rays or even MRIs to rule out any potential fractures, fluid buildup or ligament tears.  In some cases, the issue may be superficial (an ingrown toenail, a visible fungus, athlete’s foot, etc.) and in others it may require further testing and/or imaging.

 

How Do I Know If I Should See A Podiatrist?

 

Besides the pain factor, there are many other reasons to see a podiatrist.  Some people have unexplainable foul odor coming from their feet, while others may experience difficulty with their posture or mobility.  All of these can be directly related to the health of the feet and/or ankles.  Some people may walk, run and even jump on damaged feet, without being examined for many years.  This is not only extremely uncomfortable, but also dangerous to your long term health.  If pathology of the feet goes untreated for extended periods of time, this can lead to several health repercussions, including abnormal gait and balance.

 

There is a very wide variety of issues with the feet which podiatrists treat.  For patients who suffer from fungus, rashes, athlete’s foot or ingrown toenails, several topical ointments can be prescribed, which are very effective.  For those who suffer from abnormalities of the toenails, special medicated nail polish is available which too takes effect fairly quickly.  Patients who suffer from growths such as bunions or Morton’s Neuroma can actually undergo minimally invasive procedures which are performed by the podiatrist, to remove these unwanted formations.


Take a positive step into the new year, by seeing a podiatrist today!

By [email protected]
March 31, 2017
Category: Podiatrist

when to call a podiatristWhen we are not feeling well, our first thought is usually to call our regular doctor.  In some cases, your primary care physician may give you a referral to specialist based on your symptoms and medical history.  However, it is also a good idea to know your body and what to look out for, so that you can make that appointment with the specialist on your own as well.  Statistics show that over seventy five percent of American adults will suffer from some form of podiatry issues within their lifetime.  Get to know your feet and the facts!

 

These Boots Were Made For Walking

Shoes can often be the culprit when it comes to foot pain.  Ladies, we know how great it feels to wear those heels to work or for a night out on the town, but we also know the excruciating pain we feel when we take them off at the end of the night.  If you often experience these pains in your feet or ankle, it is important to consult a podiatrist.  You have twenty six bones in each foot, all of which are very sensitive to your natural arch and which shoes you choose to wear.  It is especially important to call your podiatrist if you find that you are walking abnormally or if you have dull or sharp pain which worsens with movement.  Even if the feet look healthy on the outside, there are many over 100 joints and ligaments in each foot which may be strained.

 

Not So Pretty

While many of us take great pride in our weekly pedicure and maintaining the vanity of our feet, there are still unexpected things which may grow or form.  For example, nearly every adult will experience some form of foot odor.  It may simply be the materials in our shoes or socks, or it may be an early sign of foot fungus or a rash.  If you experience a foul or offensive odor for more than a few days in a row, it is advisable to see a podiatrist right away.  They will be able to diagnose the issue and prescribe a medication (often an ointment or cream) which will cure the source of the smell.

In some cases, people often experience changes to the skin on their feet.  Peeling, itching and scaling are not uncommon.  Additionally, many report changes to the color and consistency of their toenails.  The feet are kept in a warm, moist environment throughout the day, so in turn they become great breeding grounds for bacteria, which can lead to dangerous infections.  It is important to identify and treat these early on while under the care of a podiatrist, so that they do not spread throughout the body.

By [email protected]
February 01, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

What Is A Podiatry ClinicA Pain In The Foot?

There are a variety of different issues which can occur with our feet.  One of the most common issues podiatrists see at the clinic is that associated with your toenails.  The nails are exposed to a variety of bacteria and moisture throughout the day, which can cause fungus and ingrown toenails to develop.  This can be both painful and unsightly for patients and their loved ones.  Thankfully, this is quite easy to treat with prescription topical medication and even specialized toenail polish.

Another common complaint podiatry clinics often hear from patients is growths on the feet and toes.  These include warts, hammer toes, bunions and plantar fasciitis.  All of these ailments can present in a variety of ways, such as pain when walking or wearing certain footwear, to unpleasant odors which the feet may emit.  These too can all be treated by a podiatrist, with a combination of in-office removal procedures and medication.

What Is A Podiatry Clinic?

Majority of American adults will experience some sort of foot and/or ankle pain within their lifetime, but many individuals do not know where to go for help.  Rather than living in pain and limiting your walking or exercise, consider visiting a podiatry clinic.  Licensed, professional podiatrists will give you a full exam and diagnosis, as well as a comprehensive treatment plan.

More Than Just Sugar

Individuals who suffer from diabetes are especially susceptible to pathologies of the feet.  Diabetes causes people to become prone to developing foot ulcers, which can be quite painful and even limit mobility.  If these ulcers go untreated, they can cause necrotic (or black, dead) tissue.  This can be very dangerous because many diabetes are forced to undergo amputation procedures of their toes and feet if they do not seek podiatric care in time.  Preserving these limbs and treating wounds of the foot associated with diabetes is a big focus of podiatrists nationwide.

If you are experiencing any pain in the heel, foot or ankle, be sure to visit your podiatry clinic.  The doctors will complete a full evaluation of the foot (or feet) and will determine how to best treat your issue, to get you up and on the move again!

By [email protected]
November 10, 2016
Category: Uncategorized

do podiatrists really treat fungal nail infectionsDo podiatrists really treat fungal nail infections? Fungus of any kind can be a very embarrassing condition.  In many cases, individuals tend to hide this by covering up with clothing and footwear.  Others, try to treat their fungal infections with over the counter creams and washes.  However, it is very important to consult a podiatrist at the first signs of fungus on the feet or toenails.  A simple fungus can develop into a much more painful and permanent condition if it is left untreated.

 

When Do I Call My Podiatrist?

 

There are variety of different ways which toenail fungus can develop.  People of all ages can develop this based on their choice of footwear, hygiene, genetics and even medications they are taking or their underlying medical conditions.  Often, it begins with an itch on the foot or hardening and discoloration of the skin or nails, chafing is common as well.  It may become very painful and bothersome to wear certain shoes, or even to walk normally or take part in normal physical activities.

 

It is important to call your podiatrist as soon as these signs appear.  If left untreated, the nail bed can become permanently damaged, which can be both unattractive and painful.  Additionally, the fungus consists of bacteria, so it can easily spread throughout the nails, feet and within the body.  Fungal infections rarely go away on their own.

 

How Will My Fungus Be Treated?

 

There are a variety of different fungal treatments available.  Your podiatrist will work with you to diagnose the specific type of fungus you are experiencing and will prescribe the appropriate medication and treatment plan. Some nail fungus infections can be treated with an antifungal topical cream or lotion.  In other cases, a special nail polish can be applied to the nail(s) of interest.  These typically take a few weeks to begin the healing process.  Some patients whose nail fungus has further developed may need to take an oral medication, in pill or tablet form.  Once the round of medication is complete it is important to go back to the podiatrist as instructed, to have the doctor reevaluate the feet and/or nails.  In some cases, follow up visits which include fungal testing may be necessary.

 

How Can I Prevent Toenail Fungus?

 

There are a few important ways to help prevent the development of toenail fungus.  First, if you bathe before bed, make sure to always wash and dry your feet thoroughly.  Next, be sure to always wear comfortable footwear which does not cause your feet to sweat.  Sweating of the feet is one of the most common ways bacteria develops and grows, due to the abundance of moisture on the skin and on the material.  Also, always make sure that if you do happen to sweat in your shoes or socks, they are completely dry and clean(at least 24-48 hours) before you wear them again.

By [email protected]
October 14, 2016
Category: Uncategorized

What Are Corns and Calluses?

what are cornes and callusesThere are many different ailments which we visit our physicians for.  We visit our doctors for a common cold or flu, for an annual physical.  However, some ailments are a bit more personal in nature and may require some special attention from a specialist.  Matters which are visible to the outside world, such as corns and calluses, should be treated by a certified, experienced foot specialist, or a podiatrist.

What Are Corns?

A corn is defined as a hardened, very thick layer of skin.  It commonly develops on the feet and is a mechanism which the skin and immune system use to protect itself against pressure.  They can develop on the hands and fingers as well and are very difficult to treat at home.  Intervention from your podiatrist is often needed to treat these.  They can use a combination of treatments and medication (both oral and topical) to treat these painful, unsightly growths.

In some cases, corns can develop between the toes as well, although those are often much softer.  People often believe that they are warts or blisters when they begin to develop, but they often do not go away without proper treatment.  Additionally, if left unmedicated or removed, they can re-develop and cause walking or even wearing closed footwear very uncomfortable and in some cases, unbearable.

What Are Calluses?

Calluses often form for a variety of reasons and are areas of hardened skin with soft cores.  Some form because of underlying medical diseases or illness, such as diabetes, autoimmune disease, heart disease, or anything which can decrease the natural, healthy flow of blood to the feet and lower extremities.  In other cases, they can form due to choices in footwear or even certain socks.  Footwear which does not fit properly (whether too large or too small) can cause friction between the skin on the foot and the shoes and will cause the calluses to form, often very quickly (sometimes in just a couple of hours).

Plantar calluses commonly form on the bottom of the feet and can make walking particularly uncomfortable.  High heeled shoes are the most common cause of corn and callus formation in women.  The rubbing and pressure can cause discomfort and when you add in the warm, moist environment, these growths can easily form and grow.  

If you are experiencing any kind of foot pain, consult your podiatrist right away.  There are many complications which can develop from untreated corns and calluses, many of which can even compromise your mobility.  Odds are that you are experiencing, or have experienced some form of corns (nearly seventy percent of American adults have).  Call your podiatrist for a consultation today and stay up on your feet and on the go!

 





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