What We Do
Our feet may be the furthest thing from our head but their health shouldn’t be the furthest thing from our mind. Activity, aging and genetics can all lead to foot problems which we will all likely experience, at some point in our lives. Most people know that a podiatrist is a healthcare specialist who treats foot and ankle problems, but did you know that podiatric surgeons also treat patients for these problems as well?
Sports and Biomechanics
When you exercise do you ever have pain in your lower back, knees, legs, ankle or foot? A podiatrist can help evaluate and address any biomechanical anomaly you may have. Whether the patient is a young little leaguer or a professional athlete biomechanical problems should be addressed and corrected or managed to avoid chronic injury and ensure top performance.
Painful, Ingrown, Discoloured or Thickened Nails
Nails can be a window to your overall health. If you notice changes in your nails, it may be from a fungal infection, trauma, poor circulation or dermatological factors. Education and management of nail care are essential in these cases allow nail growth to improve.
Ingrown toe nails can be very difficult and painful to manage by yourself and can chronically keep recurring. Commonly antibiotics are prescribed by a Doctor to help alleviate infection and pain; however the root cause of this condition has to be investigated. For effective treatment Podiatrists can advise an appropriate corrective treatment plan, solving this painful condition permanently.
Skin problems on the soles of your feet
If your feet are red, itchy and the skin is scaly and dry, this can be associated with a fungal infection and may also be a dermatological issue. This should be treated appropriately.
Plantar warts, or ‘verrucas,’ are very common in especially among children. This is a viral infection which is easily spread in warm, moist conditions where people walk barefoot (swimming pools, home). Plantar warts look similar to a cauliflower head and have minute black dots that look like pepper. You should see a Podiatrist, if you notice a small, new bump on your foot.
Painful corns and callous
The appearance of callous/hard skin are symptoms of excessive pressure on parts of your foot. Podiatrists will not only remove callous and hard skin, but a Podiatrist can also diagnose any underlying biomechanical cause, to allow prevention of callous and corns returning. Corns and callous are formed from excess pressure/friction on a particular area. The key to treatment is not to keep addressing the same issue over and over but the proper diagnoses and correction of actual underlying biomechanical or footwear related causes.
‘Flat feet’ or a lowering of the arch
Do you have ‘flat feet’, which you feel fatigue easily when walking or running? You have heel pain; especially first thing in the morning? Your child complains of heel pain and may complain mostly after sports?
‘Flat feet’ can affect the major joints and muscles in the lower limb. A biomechanical assessment will create a treatment plan for symptomatic low arches and prevent occurrences of trauma or injury. Most people do not have truly ‘flat feet’ but acquire the appearance of this as their arches collapse, which can be alleviated with the correct diagnosis and podiatric intervention by a Podiatrist.
Diabetes is a prevalent and growing problem throughout the southern United States which is why patient education and prevention of diabetic complications (ulceration and amputations) is crucial. It is very important for diabetics to have a Diabetic Foot Assessment annually. Diabetes can affect the circulation and level of sensation to the lower limb, particularly in the foot and ankle. As the farthest extremity from the heart, even the smallest changes to your overall diabetic condition/management can show up first and be most easily detected in your feet. Podiatrists can assess and monitor the foot and ankle and educate you on how to best care for your feet, and provide feedback to your GP/Diabetologist on even the tiniest changes to your feet, allowing your diabetes management to tweaked if necessary. This prevents more serious complications or any damage to other major organs from occurring. Your feet are an early warning system for managing your Diabetes.