From routine checkups to treatments for particular problems, Dr. Hickey is equipped to handle all your podiatric needs. To help you understand your options, we've included descriptions of some of our leading services on this page.
What makes our practice different from others?
- A serious commitment to continued learning. While all doctors have to take a certain number of credits of medical education each year, Dr. Hickey often winds up with almost twice the number required. This allows us to remain current and to be sure that we provide the best care possible for our patients.
- Besides regular Xrays, we have other diagnostic tests to save you time and trouble. We have a Xi Scan, which is a fluoroscope. This enables us to view the foot like an Xray, but while the foot is moving. This helps us decide which procedures, if any, might be indicated; it can also avoid an MRI or even a CT scan. We are in the process of upgrading the digital Xrays. We also have a diagnostic ultrasound machine, which allows us to look for soft tissue injuries, like torn ligaments/tendons, which would otherwise require an MRI.
- We offer Minimally Invasive Surgery. This is usually performed in-office, under local anesthesia. It has the advantage of being less traumatic than other types. It is not for every patient or condition, but should be looked into if surgery is contemplated. It works especially well for soft corns, between the toes.
- For over ten years, we have been offering a special type of procedure which goes under several names. It may be called PRP ("platelet rich plasma") or APC ("autologous platelet concentrate"). This is not new, having been used orthopedically for about 20 years. Uses include chronic heel pain, Achilles tendinitis, neuromas, and various types of tendon injury. Under local anesthesia, we inject 4 cc of your own platelets into the problem region. We do it as an attempt to avoid surgery. It gives about 90% relief, which patients have assured us they can live with.
- For those people who don't like (or cannot tolerate) cortisone injections or regular anti-inflammatory medicine, we offer a full range of homeopathic injectables and oral tablets.
- Dr. Hickey has specialized training in Osteopathic Manipulation of the foot and ankle. This is used extensively in our office for mechanical problems such as heel pain, ankle sprains and neuromas. It has helped us avoid surgery in many instances. We are one of the few offices to have this specialized training.
Conditions that we treat in our practice (partial list)
Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, often resulting in one or more ligaments on either side of the ankle to be stretched or torn. If not properly treated, ankle sprains could develop into long-term problems. Read More...
Flat feet are a common finding. In infants and toddlers, the longitudinal arch is not developed and flat feet are normal. The arch develops in childhood, and by adulthood, most people have developed normal arches. Occasionally, however, the ankles begin to "turn over" and cause further problems. Read More...
A hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. This can lead to painful cons and difficulty wearing shoes. . Read More...
Diabetes and Your Feet
With a diabetic foot, a wound as small as a blister from wearing a shoe that's too tight can cause a lot of damage. Diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slow to heal. Read More...
Plantar fasciitis (or heel pain) is commonly traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Our practice can evaluate arch pain, and may prescribe any of several approaches to relieve your pain as quickly as possible. Read More...
Corns and calluses are protective layers of compacted, dead skin cells. They are caused by repeated friction from skin being rubbed between the underlying bone and the shoe. Corns ordinarily form on the toes and calluses on the soles of the feet. Read More...
A chronic infection caused by various types of fungus, Athlete's foot is often spread in places where people go barefoot such as public showers or swimming pools, although it can occur spontaneously, as well. Read More...