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We offer comprehensive treatments for foot and ankle conditions

Diabetic Footcare

Diabetes can be a problem at any age

No matter how old you are if you have diabetes it requires special care, especially your feet.

 

Here are a few Important Things to know about Diabetic Foot care

  • Work with your primary care doctor to keep your diabetes under control.
  • Examine your feet frequently. You can use a mirror to assist you. You should look for blisters, cuts, and other issues with the skin.
  • You doctor can give you ways to stay active and fit.
  • See if your Medicare coverage covers special shoes
  • Clean your feet everyday especially between your toes.
  • You can apply lotion to the bottom and top of your feet, just not between the toes this helps the skin stay soft.
  • Don’t go barefoot, keep your shoes and socks on.
  • Keep your feet protected from hot and cold. Wear your shoes.
  • Monitor your circulation to your feet. Put your feet up and make sure they are not numb.
  • Let a Podiatrist trim your nails.

Sports Injuries

Important Things to Know

Many times injuries don’t get better by waiting longer

  1. We have in-office X-Ray services to provide an accurate diagnosis
  2. Physical therapy is available in the comfort of our office for your convenience.
  3. Rapid recovery is possible if you act immediately so you can get back to your favorite activity and sports.

Get the Care You Deserve

An injury can happen when least expected. If left un-treated it can delay your recovery and cause pain and discomfort on a continued basis. Most active people will find it is not worth the risk to have an on-going and nagging injury that just doesn’t heal or remains a problem months down the road.

Please note: It is better to seek immediate treatment rather than risk a long-term injury that doesn’t heal properly.

Call our office for an immediate appointment and examination so we can help you avoid long term pain.

Nail Issues

Important Things to Know

Nail issues can get worse.

  1. In the case of ingrown nails they can rapidly become infected. You should seek treatment if the skin around the nail becomes red.
  2. Fungal nails are a nuisance and become unsightly. We can help treat these type of nails very easily.
  3. Your feet can support beautiful nails, with the proper care.

Get the Care You Need for Nail Problems

Nail problems can be eliminated with proper foot care. Why not enjoy beautiful feet all year round.

The most common foot issues: Nails. Many times patients just disregard these type of conditions, when in fact they can easily be prevented or minimized by early treatment

We know most women are conscious of their nails and generally seek to beautify them with nail polish. Often we find that nail issues occur due to improper cutting of the nail. They are either cut at an angle, or too short which opens the door for ingrown nails and pain. We suggest coming in our office and getting your nails cut by us prior to having polish applied. We can help prevent painful nails this way and your feet will look and feel great! Give us a call.

Foot Deformities

Important Things to Know about Bunions

It is easy to tell if you have a bunion since you can actually see the bunion on the side of the foot or the base of the big toe. It is a progressive disorder, meaning the changes in your foot are gradual and over the years, the bunion becomes worse and increasingly noticeable. It is usually apparent, since the prominence of the bunion is quite obvious. However, you still need to be evaluated by a podiatrist. Since bunions are progressive, they will not just go away on their own but continue to get worse, some more quickly than others.

Something most people don’t know is that a bunion doesn’t always cause pain. Some people never even have symptoms. If they do, they usually don’t appear until the later stages of the disorder. If you do you have pain with a bunion it is usually brought on by wearing shoes that cramp the toes. If that happens, you may have pain or soreness, which sometimes restricts movement of the toe, at the sight of the bunion. You may even have sores between your toes or calluses on your big toe. You may have a burning feeling at the bunion site after you put pressure on it or have ingrown toenails on the big toe. Some people even experience numbness, but that is usually in more serious cases.

Treatment for Bunions

If you are having problems with a big toe joint: the shape of it, the bump, or you don’t like the appearance, those are things that need to be looked at.

A podiatrist can take an x-ray and evaluate the shape of the bone. You can discuss your treatment options with your doctor. Doctors may also recommend bunion pads, which can be obtained from your doctor or purchased at drug stores, or put inserts or custom orthotic devices into the shoe to make the patient bear weight a little differently, taking the pressure off of the bunion. It is recommended that you avoid standing for long periods of time or doing any activities that cause bunion pain. In some cases, surgery may be needed. Surgery is a great option for bunions. There are a variety of surgical procedures that can be performed to help with bunion pain and recent advances have it made it possible to operate on bunions with a very high success rate. Sometimes, when bunion pain is interfering with your daily activities, surgery is the best option to get you back to walking pain free.

Foot Surgery

Please note:Traditional incision for bunion surgery was 4″-5″ long. Now with minimally invasive bunion surgery the incision is 1/8″ to 1/4″ in 2 or 3 locations.

These are good reasons to avoid surgery on your feet it at all possible. Dr. Walters can perform surgery, but only after more conservative measures have been tried. He is a firm believer in minimally invasive surgery when necessary.

The most common type of foot surgery is surgery for bunion removal. Bunion foot surgery, also called a bunionectomy, is usually performed on an out-patient basis, but nevertheless all the concerns mentioned above are the same. Keeping the swelling down is of paramount importance after bunion surgery, and this requires ice packs and keeping your feet elevated. If you don’t take care of your feet properly and keep the swelling down, then your bunion surgery recovery can last for months. No one is happy in this situation, but it is one many people have to deal with one way or another.

Other Deformities

See our article on Hammertoes

Heel Pain/Plantar Fasciitis

Reversing Plantar Fasciitis Pain Through Proven Treatment.

The problem with Darwin’s theory of evolution is the human body is limited in how quickly it can adapt and evolve to the environment. Fortunately, the vast medical knowledge and technological advancements in modern society gives incredibly useful insights to help the human body adapt.

Cause of Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spurs:

One big problem posed by modern world is all the hard surfaces upon which people walk. These unforgiving surfaces include marble, asphalt/concrete, hard wood and even carpeting. Unfortunately, most people spend 100% of every day standing, walking and moving on these hard surfaces.

These hard surfaces pose a challenge the human body. The surfaces result in constant pounding throughout the body with every step. What makes matters worse is most shoes worn today offer poor support. This creates the perfect recipe for foot pain and, ultimately, plantar fasciitis.

Important Things to Know about this Problem

A quick search on the internet shows thousands of potential solutions and remedies for plantar pain. However, proper treatment must start through a commitment to daily exercises both morning and evening, along with wearing shoes that can offer the correct support throughout the day.

  1. It is very, very common.
  2. Improper foot and heel support.
  3. These issues do not go away overnight

Get the Care You Deserve

The problem with Darwin’s theory of evolution is the human body is limited in how quickly it can adapt and evolve to the environment. Fortunately, the vast medical knowledge and technological advancements in modern society gives incredibly useful insights to help the human body adapt.

Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis: These issues do not go away overnight and require specialized attention to be resolved.

Orthotics

We often find that custom orthotics help alleviate pain associated with these conditions. Our office can custom fit orthotics that are right for you. Call today to make an appointment for a foot exam and to get a full evaluation of these conditions.

Hammer Toes

What Are Hammertoes?

A hammertoe occurs from a muscle and ligament imbalance around the toe joint. This causes the middle joint of the toe to bend and become unmoveable in this position.Rubbing and irritation on the top of a bent toe is the more common complaint with hammertoes.

Hammertoes can also be toes that curl rather than buckle.

Understanding Hammertoes

Any toe can be affected. Women to experience hammertoes than men primarily due to their shoe selections.

People with diabetes or poor circulation should be especially careful. With these conditions you should check with your doctor immediately with the first sign of foot trouble.

There are two types of hammertoes:

  • Flexible hammertoes. If the toe still can be moved at the joint, it’s a flexible hammertoe. This is generally a more mild form of hammertoe.
  • Rigid hammertoes. If the tendons in the toe become rigid, they press the joint out of alignment. The toe is usually frozen and surgery is often required to resolve this issue.

What Causes Hammertoes?

The muscles of each toe work together. When the toe muscles get out of alignment, a hammertoe can form. This imbalance puts a lot of pressure on the toe’s tendons and joints. This pressure forces the toe into a hammerhead type shape.

How do the toe muscles get out of balance? There are three main reasons:

  • Genes: You may have inherited a tendency to develop hammertoes because your feet are somewhat unstable — they may be flat or have a high arch.
  • Arthritis condition
  • Injury to the toe:  If shoes fit too tight, are  too short, or  pointy, they push the toes out of alignment and balance. Pointy, the higher the heel the more this occurs.