Our feet are used to move us, no mater your age our feet are important part of our health.
Podiatrists are highly trained medical specialists who focus specifically on the foot and ankle. It can take up to eight years of university level education before begining to practice as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). Podiatrists are experts in the diagnosis and treament in helping to keep your feet healthy. Patients of all ages may seek treatment from a podiatrist.
Common conditions and ailments seen by a podiatrist
- Athlete’s foot – a common fungal infection of the skin and nails which usually results in itching, scaling, redness and tBlisters – painful, fluid-filled lesions often caused by friction and pressure from ill-fitting shoes, stiff shoes, wrinkled socks against the skin, excessive moisture or foot deformities.
- Bunions – an enlargement at the base of the big toe caused by a misalignment of the joint. It may be swollen, tender and painful. Bunions can be caused by heredity, biomechanical deformities, neuromuscular disorders, arthritis, trauma or congenital deformities.
- Corns and calluses – a build up of the skin that forms at the points of pressure or over bony prominences, calluses form on the bottom and sides of the foot while corns form on the top of the foot and between the toes.
- Hammertoes – a contraction deformity, resulting in bony prominences on the toes.
- Ingrown nails – a painful condition caused by the nail growing into the surrounding skin, leading to inflammation and possible infection of the toe. This is a serious condition for people with impaired circulation, diabetes or other systemic diseases.
- Neuromas – often referred to as a pinched nerve, swollen nerve or nerve tumor, this painful condition is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes (a.k.a. Morton’s Neuroma), however, it can also occur between the second and third toes. It may result in pain, burning, tingling or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.
- Toenail Fungus (Onychomycosis) – is caused by various fungi types and leads to considerable nail damage.
- Warts – a growth in the skin caused by a viral infection, warts tend to be hard and flat with elevated rough surfaces with or without well-defined boundaries. They are frequently called plantar warts because they appear most often on the plantar surface or sole of the foot. Children, especially teenagers, tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults.