What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is a specialized field of medicine dedicated to the diagnoses and treatment of diseases, disorder and injuries of the human foot and ankle. We understand the relationship between your foot health and your overall health, and we strive to keep you active and healthy. At times, we will involve other specialists to work in tandem with us to ensure a good outcome for all of you – not just your feet. We are the only physicians who are trained specifically to treat foot and ankle pathology, so when you are looking for someone to help you with a foot or ankle problem, look no more - we are the specialists you need.
Our InStride Foot & Ankle Specialists treat:
Running and Sports Injuries
Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis
- From turf toe to blisters, our InStride podiatrists work with athletes to keep them in the game.
- Plantar Fasciitis is a common foot ailment that causes pain in the heel. Treatment ranges from specific stretches, custom molded shoe inserts (orthotics), steroid treatments, to surgery.
- A bunion is a foot deformity that can cause pain in the great toe joint. Bunions can be genetic (structural) or can develop from improper foot function (functional) and can often be exacerbated from improper shoe gear. Often, appropriate treatment consists of very conservative modalities (change in shoe gear, prescription orthotics, etc.) or can involve reconstructive surgery. The key is early intervention sought from a highly specialized physician who specializes in foot and ankle medicine.
Corns & Calluses
- A hammertoe is a contracture of one or both of the joints in the lesser toes. Hammertoes can be painful and potentially lead to painful corns on top of the toes, and sometimes between the toes.
- The underlying cause of corns and callouses is pressure on bony prominences or areas of the foot that receive excessive amounts of pressure or weight-bearing forces. While painful for most patients, corns and callouses can be very serious for diabetic patients. There are many ways to treat corns and callouses, from routine trimming to special shoes or inserts to surgical correction of the underlying bone.
Diabetic Foot Complications
- Ingrown Toenails - Ingrown toenails form when the nail grows into the skin of the toe. Often, ingrown toenails lead to painful infections and need to be removed by a foot doctor. If an ingrown toenail develops, see a podiatrist immediately before it becomes infected.
- Toenail Fungus - Discolored, brittle, thickened nails can often be signs of toenail fungus, or onychomycosis. Fungus lives in moist, dark environments like shoes and can be spread to others. InStride podiatrists have different methods of treating fungal toenails from oral medications and topical ointments to laser treatments.
Foot care is crucial for people suffering from diabetes. Risk of limb amputation increases drastically if a diabetic is not seen by a foot & ankle specialists on a regular basis. Common foot problems for diabetics include:
- Wounds - Wounds, or ulcers, appear on the feet and legs of diabetic patients. With decreased amount of blood circulation, the wound does not heal in an adequate amount of time and can lead to amputation.
- Neuropathy - Neuropathy is categorized as a burning, tingling, numbing sensation in the lower limbs.
Flat Feet, Fallen Arches, High Arches
Children’s Foot Problems
- Dry Skin
- Athletes Foot