We Treat Nearly All Foot and Ankle Conditions and Injuries

 

Achilles Tendon

  • Achilles Tendonitis is a common foot and ankle condition affecting the largest tendon in the body. Similar to most sport-medicine related injuries Achilles tendonitis usually occurs from overuse and degeneration (wearing with age). The condition causes a sharp pain in the back of the leg near the heel. Usually, Achilles tendonitis is treatable without surgery using methods such as cortisone injections or physical therapy.

 

Ankle Sprains

  • Ankle sprains occur when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns in a way that causes tissues in the foot and ankle to stretch or tear. Although sprains may be treatable at home, medical evaluation may be necessary to determine the proper treatment.

 

Ankle and Foot Fractures

  • A broken ankle or foot consists of a fracture that is a partial or complete break of a bone. A digital X-Ray is usually necessary to diagnose a fracture. A broken ankle or foot will have symptoms consistent with a sprain which is why it is important to receive a trusted medical diagnosis.

 

Arch Disorders

  • Capsulitis, flatfoot, metatarsalgia, plantar fasciitis, plantar fibromas, sesamoiditis.

 

Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care

  • Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of the joints. There is no cure for arthritis but treatment will help slow the progress of the disease and relieve symptoms. The proper treatment allows people to manage their arthritis and live full and active lives.

 

Athlete's Foot

  • Athlete’s foot is a common disorder of the foot characterized by scaling and/or blistering of the soles, between the toes, and itching. Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection usually spread in public areas where people are barefoot like swimming pools or locker rooms.

 

Blisters

  • A blister is a small pocket of fluid that can form on the body. There are many reasons a blister can develop and they can be very painful on the feet with walking, standing, or exercising.

 

Bone Spurs

  • A bone spur, often times a heel spur on the foot, is a calcium deposit causing a bony protrusion off the bone. Although heel spurs can be painless, they can cause chronic heel pain when walking or running usually do to injury associated with the heel spur.

 

Bunions

  • A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions may form from wearing narrow and tight shoes, they may be a genetic structure defect. Stress on the foot, or another medical condition such as arthritis. Medical intervention may not be necessary but you should see a doctor when there is a persistent pain, decreased movement, difficulty fitting shoes, or a increased visibility of the bump on the big toe joint.

 

Club Foot

  • Clubfoot is a foot abnormality usually present at birth (congenital). Clubfoot will cause the foot to be twisted downward and inward, increasing the arch and turning the heel inward. The severity can vary from mild to very extreme where the foot nearly looks upside down. The calf muscles of the leg are usually poorly developed and the affected foot can be up to a half in shorter than the other foot. Getting medical treatment for clubfoot as quick as possible is best to avoid adverse growth problems, discomfort, and disability  

 

Corns & Calluses

  • Corns and calluses are hard, thick layers of the skin that are developed when the skin tries to protect itself from pressure and friction. Treatment may only be necessary if they are causing discomfort. Usually eliminating the source of friction can heal treat the issue and fix the discomfort.

 

Crush Injuries

  • Crush injuries occur when a heavy object causes compression of the body. A crush injury of the foot and be very complex and lead to many issues, deformities, or fractures. Medical attention to a crush injury is highly important to avoid peripheral damage.

 

Diabetic Foot Care

  • Taking comprehensive care of your feet while living with diabetes is very important. The smallest issues can lead to major issues with diabetic foot care. Losing sensation of the feet and lowered blood flow can cause issues with healing and resisting infection. It is important to inspect your feet consistently and to seek medical attention if there is an issue to avoid serious damage or amputation.

 

Dislocations

  • Dislocation of the foot is uncommon but can be incapacitating. Foot dislocation is when a bone in the ankle or foot comes out of its socket. This can be severe and detrimental because a dislocated bone can affect the weight transmission through foot causing further damage, foot dislocation should be fixed immediately to prevent injury.

 

Fall Prevention

  • A fall can lead to severe and potentially life-threatening injury, preventing falls through podiatry care couldn’t be more important, if you believe you are at risk of falling seek podiatric medical attention.

 

Flat Feet

  • Flat feet occur when the arches of the inside of the feet are flattened and the entire sole of the foot is touching the floor when standing. Usually occurring when arches don’t develop during childhood or from injury, flatfeet are often painless. Flatfeet can lead to ankle and knee issues or problems with leg alignment. Medical intervention can assist in the treatment of pain from flatfoot.

 

Foot Deformities

  • Foot deformities can be congenital or acquired, such deformities include but are not limited to hammer toe, clubfoot, flat feet, claw foot pes cavus, tarsal coalition, pes adductus, pes transversovalgus, splayfoot, calcaneal spur, hallux rigidus, hallux valgus.

 

Fungal Toenails

  • Toenail fungus is an infection which gets through cracks in nail or cuts in the skin. It can be painful and cause discoloring of the nail. Fungus grows well here because feet are often warm and damp.

 

Geriatric Foot Care

  • Senior citizens often experience foot problems for many reasons, years of walking, working and healing from injuries, low-quality footwear, poor circulation, increased risk of diabetes and heart disease, and poor foot hygiene from decreased mobility and impaired vision. Common geriatric foot problems include diabetic ulcers, corns & calluses, ingrown toenails, and fungal infections or Athlete’s foot.

 

Gout

  • A common yet complex form of arthritis, gout can affect anyone with sudden and severe pain, swelling, redness, and tenderness of the joint at the base of the toe. Medical attention is needed immediately if you have a fever or hot and inflamed joint which can be a sign of an infection.

 

Hammertoes and Mallet Toes

  • Hammer and mallet toes are foot deformities that occur from an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments which normally hold a toe straight. Hammertoe is an abnormal bend in the middle of a toe joint, while mallet toe affects the joint which is closest to the toenail. Although the toe may maintain flexibility over time the toe may tighten can be left permanently bent, this can cause the foot to rub against other toes or shoes leading to corns & calluses.

 

Heel Pain & Heel Spurs

  • A bone spur, often times a heel spur on the foot, is a calcium deposit causing a bony protrusion off the bone. Although heel spurs can be painless, they can cause chronic heel pain when walking or running usually do to injury associated with the heel spur. Treatment can include exercise, custome-made orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications, or cortisone injections. Surgery may become necessary if non-invasive treatments fail.

 

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Infections & Ulcerations

  • Ulcerations are most often due to badly controlled diabetes. An ulcer is a result of skin tissues breaking down exposing the layers below. Treatment of the ulcer will depend on the cause of formation of it. Most commonly ulcers are caused by poor circulation, high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), nerve damage, or irritated or wounded feet.

 

Ingrown Toenails

  • An ingrown toenail is a common issue that occurs when the corner or side of a nail grows into the soft tissue of the toe surrounding it. This can result in pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes an infection. Medical intervention is necessary if there is discomfort and pus or redness that spreads or if you have diabetes.

 

Intoeing

  • Often called “pigeon toes” intoeing is when your feet point inward rather than straightforward. There are three causes of intoeing, internal tibial torsion, excess femoral anteversion, and metatarsus adductus. Generally, intoeing will be corrected naturally in a child as they grow.

 

Injuries of Foot and Ankle

  • Foot and ankle injuries can result from sport or just regular day to day activity such as walking. Injuries can range from sprains to complete fractures (broken bone). Injuries involve ligaments of the bones involved but you can also strain or tear tendons.

 

Neuromas

  • A neuroma is known as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor because it is a painful condition. Neuromas are benign growths of nerve tissues, which are usually found between the third and fourth toes which cause pain, burning sensations, tingling, or numbness at the toes or in the ball of the foot.

 

Neuropathy

  • Neuropathy is damage to the nerves causing weakness, numbness, and pain, often resulting from traumatic injuries, infections, inherited causing, exposure to toxins and metabolic problems. Very commonly it is due to diabetes. Unusual tingling or weakness is often a sign to see a doctor, earlier diagnosis offers the best chances for treatment and symptom control preventing further damage.

 

Orthotics

  • Orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts individualized for the person. Orthotics are custom crafted to match the unique contours and movements of a foot. When foot pain is involved custom-made orthotics are often used to compensate for the foot where needed to relieve symptoms and pain of a condition.

 

Pediatric Foot Care

  • Most foot issues can occur in children and several in children than adults. Pediatric foot care is very important because foot problems often result from underlying congenital conditions and the feet are the base for the body’s support and mobility. Correcting foot issues in children is imperative to preventing damage to the rest of the body. Common pediatric conditions include plantar warts, ingrown toenails, flat feet, and heel pain.

 

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

  • PAD happens when there is a narrowing of blood vessels outside of the heart, PAD is caused by atherosclerosis where plaque builds up on the walls of arteries and causes them to narrow reducing blood flow. Plaque is made up of fat and cholesterol and a bad enough blockage could lead to amputation or death via heart attack, stroke, or a transient ischemic attack.

 

Plantar Fasciitis

  • Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot disorders causing heel pain. The thick band that runs across the bottom of the heel bone to the toes called the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. Pain often happens when getting up in the morning but decreases with more steps throughout the day. Ignoring the issue can result in chronic heel pain with regular activities and changing the way you walk for pain management can lead to foot, ankle, knee, hip and back problems. Your podiatrist may prescribe stretches for your plantar fasciitis, see our guide here

 

Shin Splints

  • Shin splints, known medically as medial tibial stress syndrome, is caused by stress on the shinbone and connective tissues attaching muscles to bones when they get inflamed and painful. Common in runners, dancers, and military recruits, juristic changes to a workout routine can cause shin splints, but in most cases, can be treated with rest, ice, and other self-care methods. Medical intervention may be needed if self-care methods do not fix the pain, shin splints may lead to stress reaction or even stress fracture.

 

Smelly Feet & Foot Odor

  • Sweating in your shoes and allowing your moist shoes and socks to mingle with bacteria can create an odor. You can prevent this by washing feet daily in warm water with mild soap and drying thoroughly, dusting feed with baby powder, changing socks more often, wearing breathable shoes, or avoiding the same shoes daily.

 

Sports Injuries

  • Foot and ankle injuries can result from sport or just regular day to day activity such as walking. Injuries can range from sprains to complete fractures (broken bone). Injuries involve ligaments of the bones involved but you can also strain or tear tendons. Common sport injuries include Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, ankle sprain, neuroma, and heel spur.

 

Surgery (Foot & Ankle) & Trauma Care

  • Although surgery is a final option and only used when absolutely necessary when treating any medical issues, with podiatric care it is often necessary because the foot and ankle are the structural support system for the body's mobility and internal issues need to be properly fixed before causing further damage to the foot, ankle, or rest of the body.

  • The foot and ankle can be delicate to deal with. If you experience foot trauma skip the ER and come to Highland Podiatry for specialized foot care for your injury by podiatric surgical specialists. You can call our office number any time and the doctors will receive an emergency notice to meet you and treat your injury. 

 

Swelling of the Foot

  • Foot swelling can be due to a number of different issues such as edema, pregnancy, medication, injuries, disease, infection, lymphedema, blood clots and more. It is important to get seen by a medical professional to determine the underlying cause of the swelling and treat the issue that is causing the foot to well.

 

Varicose Veins & Spider Veins

  • Varicose veins are raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn that are extreme enough to be seen through the skin usually. Spider veins are smaller, purple, red, and blue veins that also twist and turn which you can usually see through the skin on the legs and face. Most commonly these vein conditions come from heredity, standing occupations, obesity, hormonal influences, birth controls pills, postmenopausal hormonal replacement, history of blood clots, and conditions causing increased abdominal pressure

 

Warts

  • Plantar warts are found on the heels or ball of the foot most commonly which cause them to grow hard and deep into the thick layers of the skin from the weight-bearing pressure. Plantar warts are small, fleshy, rough, grainy growth lesions on the bottom of the foot. Plantar warts need to be treated by a medical professional if they bleed or become painful if they are persistent and do not go away with time and home remedies.

 

Wound Management

  • Ulcers and other wounds occur when the outer layer of the skin becomes injured or damaged and exposes deeper layers of tissue. Proper wound treatment is very important in sustaining healthy healing and not causing other and more severe medical issues.  

 

Women's Foot Health

  • Common foot health issues experienced by women include Morton’s Neuroma, bunions, heel pain, plant fasciitis, and ankle sprain. Women’s foot issues often arise from wearing narrow and/or high heeled shoes, but also from non-supportive shoes such as flip-flops or ballet flats.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Highland Podiatry Associates, Highland Heights, OH & Sagamore Hills, OH

 

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