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Podiatry

Podiatrists can diagnose & treat a wide range of conditions of the foot. Whether you are looking to prevent an ongoing injury, restore function or improve mobility, or general podiatry treatment, we can offer you the best advice and treatment to get you back to your full potential.

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Podiatry

A Podiatrist is a medical professional who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle. Podiatrists are also often involved in preventative care, such as providing education on how to properly care for the feet and ankles to avoid future problems. Common problems that podiatrists treat include bunions, heel pain, ingrown toenails, and athlete’s foot. Treatment methods used by podiatrists can vary depending on the specific condition but often include things like orthotic devices, braces, or surgery. Podiatrists also play an important role in helping people with diabetes care for their feet, as diabetic foot problems can lead to serious complications if left untreated.

The most common foot problem that a podiatrist treats is heel pain. Heel pain can be caused by a variety of different conditions, such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis. Treatment for heel pain often includes things like stretching exercises, orthotic devices, or cortisone injections. Surgery is sometimes necessary if other treatments are not effective.

A common problem that a podiatrist treats in children is ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of the nail grows into the flesh of the toe, causing pain, redness, and swelling. Treatment for ingrown toenails often includes soaking the foot in warm water and wearing loose-fitting shoes. If the condition is severe, surgery may be necessary to remove the nail.

Some common problems that a Podiatrist treats in athletes are blisters, bunions, and stress fractures. Blisters are caused by friction and can be painful. Bunions occur when the big toe bends inward towards the other toes. This can cause pain and inflammation. Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bones that can occur from overuse. Treatment for these problems often includes rest, ice, and elevation of the foot. In some cases, surgery may be necessary.

Common problems that a podiatrist treats in older adults are arthritis, bunions, calluses, and hammertoes. Arthritis is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the joints. Bunions occur when the big toe bends inward towards the other toes. This can cause pain and inflammation. Calluses are thickened areas of skin that often form on the feet from repetitive rubbing or pressure. Hammertoes occur when the middle joint of the toe bends downward, causing the toe to curl under. Treatment for these problems often includes things like medication, orthotic devices, or surgery.

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