Common Ailments Affecting Your Feet & Ankles
Foot and ankle problems can be due to chronic medical conditions, like arthritis or diabetes. Even everyday situations, such as overuse or poorly fitting shoes, can lead to problems affecting your feet and ankles. Podiatrists provide a wide range of medical care for problems of the foot and ankle. They diagnose and treat illnesses and perform surgery. Here are some conditions in which a podiatrist can help you get back on your feet.
Arthritic feet can be painfully debilitating. Foot and joint deformity caused by the arthritis can make it difficult to fit shoes. This may be a friction problem developing corns and calluses. Your Podiatrist can help with the corns and calluses and make accommodations, supports and pressure deflecting padding for your feet.
Corns – hard, soft and seed corns can all be very painful. These are caused by pressure and friction from shoes and bony prominence's from adjacent toes. Your podiatrist can remove them and provide advice regarding maintenance care.
Diabetes – is an insidious chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Manifestations in the feet from diabetes are numerous, complicated and potentially limb threatening. Blood vessel and nerve damage are the most frequent and common complications. All people diagnosed with diabetes should see a Podiatrist for a foot evaluation and recommendations.
Tinea Pedis (fungal infection) – this can be treated topically and/or systemically. See your podiatrist for the most effective treatment. They will take a sample and send it to a lab to determine what type of fungus you are dealing with and treat accordingly.
Hallux Rigidus – osteoarthrits of the first big toe joint stiffening, making it unable to flex. It can be caused through injury, gout, mechanical malfunction, systemic arthritic conditions. Both conservative and non-conservative treatment modalities are available to relieve the discomfort. Talk to your Podiatrist.
Ingrown toenails – are very painful and can become infected easily. These should be dealt with quickly and professionally by your Podiatrist to prevent complications from arising.
Nail pathologies vary widely in deformity of the nail and have numerous reasons for becoming deformed. Neglect, injury, congenital and environmental can all cause nail pathologies. See your local Podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and care.
Warts are a virus which can spread to other parts of your body or other people. If you have a wart you should consult your Podiatrist immediately. Always keep the area covered continuously until the treatment is finished. Warts are treated using various modalities. Acids in liquid form, paste form, liquid nitrogen, laser, needling are all treatments for warts.
Other Aliments We Treat:
- Shock Wave Therapy
- Laser Therapy
- Plantar Warts
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sports Medicine
- Sweaty Feet
- Toe deformities
- Toenail Cutting
- Walking and hiking
- Working feet
- Ageing feet
- Athlete’s Foot
- Heel Pain