These are descriptions of conditions that we commonly treat along with treatment suggestions. You can read more on this page about specific services.
- Anti-Gout Diet
- Diabetic Shoes
- Diabetic Foot
- Ingrown Toenails
- Fungal Nails
- Taping & Icing
Common Foot Problems
Made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles and their associated tendons, the human foot is a complex structure that is subject to repeptative trauma from the daily task of walking, running, and exercising. The foot, unfortunately, is often neglected until a problem arises.
Below you will find a list of the most common foot and ankle problems as well as recommendations from the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.
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 the outside of the ankle to be stretched or torn. If not properly treated, ankle sprains could develop into long-term problems.
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. The condition ranges from mild scaling and itching to painful inflammation and blisters..
More than half the women in America have bunions, a common deformity often blamed on wearing tight, narrow shoes. Bunions cause the base of your big toe (Metatarsophalangeal Joint) to enlarge and protrude.
Calluses and Corns
Corns are calluses that form on the toes because the bones push up against the shoe and put pressure on the skin. The surface layer of the skin thickens and builds up, irritating the tissues underneath.
The Diabetic Foot
People with diabetes are prone to many foot problems, often because of two complications of diabetes: nerve damage (neuropathy) and poor blood circulation. When you have diabetes, you need to be aware of how foot problems can arise from disturbances in the skin, nails, nerves, bones, muscles, and blood vessels.
Plantar fasciitis (or heel pain) is caused by inflammation of the connective tissue that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which inserts into the heel bone.
The arch develops in childhood, and by adulthood, most people have developed normal arches. Most feet are flexible and an arch appears when the person stands on his or her toes. Stiff, inflexible or painful flat feet may be associated with other conditions and require medical attention.
Heel Spur Syndrome
Plantar fasciitis (or heel pain) is commonly traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Our practices can evaluate arch pain, and may prescribe customized shoe inserts called orthoses to help alleviate the pain.
Ingrown toenails often are the result of trimming your toenails too short, particularly on the sides of your big toe. The sides of the nail will curl down and dig into your skin. Shoes that are too tight or short also may cause ingrown toenails.
Most foot warts are harmless, even though they may be painful. They are often mistaken for corns or calluses. A wart, however, is a viral infection that can sometime be very difficult to treat.