Podiatry Q & A
What are the most common foot conditions treated by podiatrists?
Podiatrists diagnose and treat every type of foot and ankle problem, from general pain and calluses to sports injuries and work-related injuries.
These are some of the foot problems often treated at HB Surgical Arts:
- Fungal infections
- Flat feet
- Plantar fasciitis
- Pinched nerve
- Ingrown toenail
- Flat feet stress fracture
Your podiatrist at HB Surgical Arts specializes in identifying and treating the cause of foot pain, including arch pain and pain in your heel or the ball of your foot.
What causes ankle pain and instability?
Ankle pain develops from a variety of conditions, including Achilles tendinitis, arthritis, and plantar fasciitis. However, ankle sprains are the most common cause of ankle pain.
A sprained ankle occurs when ligaments are twisted, stretched, or torn. Since the ligaments stabilize and support your ankle, prompt treatment of an ankle sprain in essential to restore optimal strength and prevent ongoing ankle instability.
What should I know about diabetic foot care and wound care?
Cuts and sores need an adequate blood supply to heal properly. High blood sugar due to uncontrolled diabetes blocks healthy circulation by damaging small blood vessels. As a result, small cuts and sores on your feet don’t heal, and instead, they progressively worsen until you have a diabetic foot ulcer.
Diabetes also lowers your ability to fight infections and damages nerves in your feet, so you may not notice an open ulcer. Without wound care from your podiatrist at HB Surgical Arts, a nonhealing diabetic foot ulcer can lead to serious infections and complications as extreme as amputation.
How is foot conditions treated?
Your treatment is always individualized and based on the underlying foot condition. Although a complex fracture may require immediate surgery, most foot problems are initially treated with nonsurgical options, such as:
- Custom orthotic shoe inserts
- Orthopedic shoes
- Activity modification
- Boot or splint to limit movement
- Injections to reduce inflammation
- Exercises to stretch and strengthen soft tissues
In some cases, conservative treatments can relieve your pain and help your stay active, but many types of foot problems can be repaired only with surgery.
Your podiatric surgeon at HB Surgical Arts performs many types of surgical procedures, including:
- Minimally invasive bunion surgery
- Reconstructive surgery such as ligament reconstruction
- Joint fusion
- Tendon transfers
Foot deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, and joint deformity caused by arthritis often require surgical intervention.
Don’t suffer from foot pain; call HB Surgical Arts or book an appointment online.