Chiropody care plays a very important role in the prevention of injury and disability and in promoting foot health and wellbeing. Chiropody is a field of medicine that focuses on preventing, assessing and treating conditions associated with the foot and ankle by medical, surgical or palliative means.
Some of the conditions addressed by chiropody:
A custom orthotic is an orthopedic device specifically built to aid or modify the way the foot strikes the ground. Some custom orthotics are simple, generically-made devices, such as cushioned or padded heel cups or insoles for shoes and can be purchased over the counter in drug stores or other sporting good stores. The pressure plates that are now gaining popularity in some retail establishments do not capture the three dimensional shape of the arch. Without this information, this “orthotic” is not truly custom device but rather a cushion to mask your symptoms, not treat the cause of your problem. Some of these are known as arch supports, memory foam innersoles, and heel protectors. These “orthotics” cannot be considered truly custom because they do not capture the three-dimensional aspects of your foot.
For the most effective treatment, custom-made devices crafted by a Chiropodist will meet the specific needs of a particular individual. Custom orthotics are crafted using a cast of the individual’s foot, which mimics any misalignments or oddities in foot structure.
To learn more about how biomechanics help alleviate or prevent foot pain, and if you suffer from foot and ankle problems, call our office to schedule a consultation for orthotics.
The Orthotics approach to restoring foot function for relief of common pains and deformities
An ingrown toenail occurs when an edge of a toenail curves or breaks and digs into the skin. If left untreated, this can become an incredibly painful condition. At the point where the toenail is pressing into the soft skin, infection can set in. This can begin as a relatively minor problem that can become more severe, especially for those with poor circulation like diabetics.
There are many different ways to treat ingrown toenails, mostly conservative. Sometimes the nail should be cut out, and a splint used. This is a procedure that should be performed by a Chiropodist in an office to assure cleanliness of the tools used. Bacteria and infection can move in quickly.
If you suspect that you have an ingrown toenail, call to speak with our Chiropodist today
Some fungal toenail conditions are caused when fungi penetrate the nail and enter the soft skin under the nail. This can begin as a simple little white or yellow spot under the tip of a fingernail or toenail. These fungi can penetrate deeper, if left untreated, causing the entire nail to turn yellow, increase in thickness and start to peel and eventually stop growing. If undiagnosed and treated, nails can begin to crumble and can become incredibly painful if shoes must be worn. These findings are a clear indicator of a fungal infection of the toenail.
The fungus is usually the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot. It requires immediate attention and can usually not be treated with over-the-counter medications. Chiropodists are trained to quickly and safely treat fungal nails through one of many treatment options. Some fungal nail issues can be treated with oral or topical medications.
If you notice white spots on your toenails or that your nails are becoming yellow, thick, and brittle, call to schedule an appointment today.
Athlete’s Foot is caused by a fungal infection on the skin of the foot. This fungal infection, also known as tinea pedis, causes peeling, flaking, scaling and itchiness in the general foot region. This is one of the most common skin infections of the feet. It is caused by the fungus Trichophyton and is normally transferred from person to person in moist areas where people usually walk around barefooted such as showers or bathhouses.
Athlete’s Foot can lead to extreme pain if allowed to go untreated. If bad enough, skin can crack, exposing raw skin and secondary infections can set in. Athlete’s foot can even spread to your toenails if left untreated and can cause chronic fungal infections of the toenails.
If you have itchy, cracked skin on your feet, call to schedule an appointment with our Chiropodist today.
Plantar warts, like warts that develop elsewhere on your body, are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). While plantar warts are more common in children, they can develop on your feet at any age.
The warts get their name because they usually develop on the plantar surface, the bottom of your foot. However, warts can grow anywhere there is pressure or friction on your foot. You may develop just one wart, or you may have a patch of several warts.
The virus causes a thick growth that resembles a round callus with small black dots. The warts are not usually painful, but if they’re located in a place where there is a lot of pressure from your shoes or from standing or walking, the warts can become tender.
You can reduce your risk of getting warts by avoiding contact with contaminated surfaces. You should always wear shower shoes or flip-flops in public pools, communal showers, and locker rooms. If you develop a wart, don’t pick at it, and if you have to touch it, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water afterward.
To get rid of your warts, call to book an appointment with our Chiropodist today.
Diabetes can be really tough on your feet even dangerous. Diabetes can cause nerve damage in the body’s extremities, causing a diabetic to lose feeling in their feet. Even the smallest of cuts, stepping on a thorn, or even a blister can result in a dangerous situation. With blood flow to the extremities lessened due to diabetes, any type of foot injury or laceration can quickly result in a very hard to heal situation.
A Chiropodist is a doctor that treats foot traumas. If you have diabetes and suspect that you need diabetic foot care, call our clinic today.
Why walk around with foot pain? There may be a simple answer. Do you suffer from heel pain? These are just a few of the foot pain and heel pain questions people ask all the time.
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common issues relating to the foot, affecting more than one million persons per year. Plantar Fasciitis is a degenerative condition and may be caused by microtears in the Plantar Fascia from repeated trauma or overuse. Classic treatments for Plantar Fasciitis include rest, stretching exercises, orthotics, weight loss, etc.
If you are suffering from foot pain, contact our office today!