FAQs / Q: Do I need podiatric care?

A:┬áMost people suffer from some kind of foot disorder – from athlete’s foot or ingrown nails to bunions, hammertoes or corns. Tight-fitting or high-heeled shoes are often the culprit, but heredity, poor foot care, injuries, or medical conditions can also cause problems. Whatever the state of your feet, your podiatrist can treat your problem to restore your comfort and ease of movement.

Problems in your feet can lead to pain in your hips, knees and lower back. Take a moment to read this list of conditions or problems. If you find you might be suffering from one or more of these items, a visit to your podiatrist may be just the help your feet need.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS

 

  • High blood sugar (diabetes)
  • Cold or hot feet (circulatory problems)
  • Joint pain and swelling (arthritis or gout)
  • Nail Problems
  • Painful ingrown nails
  • Thickened nails that are difficult to trim
  • A black-and-blue nail from an injury

 

BONE PROBLEMS

 

  • An unsightly bump (bunion) on the side of your foot by your big toe
  • Uncomfortably bent toes (hammertoes) that may rub on the tops of your shoes
  • A stiff joint in a toe
  • Pain in the bottom or back of your heel (possibly a heel spur)
  • A broken (fractured) bone in your foot

 

SKIN PROBLEMS

 

  • A wart on your foot
  • Thickened skin (callus or corn) between your toes or where your foot repeatedly rubs against your shoe
  • Discolored patches (fungal infection) on your foot or nail
  • Cracks, sores or ulcers on your foot

 

SOFT TISSUE PROBLEMS

 

  • Muscle pain or tendinitis
  • Pain on the bottom of your feet (plantar fasciitis)
  • A twisted or sprained ankle
  • Arch Problems
  • Painful, tired flatfeet
  • Painful high arches

 

Nerve Conditions

 

  • Sharp pain in your toes (neuroma)
  • Sharp pain, numbness, or burning sensation in your toes when you’re at rest (neuropathy)

 

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