Most Common Foot Problems

We want you to keep your feet healthy and would like to introduce you to the most common ills that affect them. Remember, though, that self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one and is generally not advisable. You should call 215-334-990 and consult with one of our podiatric doctors when any of the following conditions occur or persist.

Athlete's foot is a skin disease, usually starting between the toes or on the bottom of the feet, which can spread to other parts of the body. It is caused by a fungus that commonly attacks the feet. The signs of athlete's foot are dry scaly skin, itching, inflammation, and blisters. Athlete's foot is not the only infection which afflicts the foot. There are and other dry skin or dermatitis conditions that are good reasons to call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.

Blisters are caused by skin friction. Don't pop them. Keep your feet dry and always wear socks as a cushion between your feet and shoes. If a blister breaks on its own, wash the area, apply an antiseptic, and cover with a sterile bandage. If the blister is a concern you should call our office and consult with one of our podiatric doctors.

Bunions are misaligned big toe joints which can become swollen and tender. The deformity causes the first joint of the big toe to slant outward, and the big toe to angle toward the other toes. There are treatment alternatives that can minimize the discomfort of a bunion. If your are living with this condition you should call our office and consult with one of our podiatric doctors for a treatment alternative that is best for you.

Corns and calluses are protective layers of compacted, dead skin cells. They are caused by repeated friction and pressure from skin rubbing against bony areas. Never cut corns or calluses with any instrument, and never apply home remedies. Call our office and consult with one of our podiatric doctors for a treatment alternative that is best for you.

Foot odor results from excessive perspiration from the more than 250,000 sweat glands in the foot. Daily hygiene is essential. Change your shoes daily to let each pair air out, and change your socks, perhaps even more frequently than daily. Call our office and consult with one of our podiatric doctors for a treatment alternative that is best for you.

Hammertoe is a condition in which any of the toes are bent in a claw-like position. Although the condition usually stems from muscle imbalance, it is often aggravated by ill-fitting shoes or socks that cramp the toes. Avoid pressure on the toes as much as possible. Call our office and consult with one of our podiatric doctors for a treatment alternative that is best for you.

Heel spurs and heel pain could result while walking or jumping on hard surfaces, or from poorly made footwear. Added weight and some general health conditions such as arthritis, gout, and circulatory problems, for example also cause heel pain. Both heel pain and heel spurs are often associated with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot. Treatments may range from exercise and custom-made orthotics to anti-inflammatory medication or cortisone injections. Call our office and consult with one of our podiatric doctors for a treatment alternative that is best for you.

Ingrown nails are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the skin, often causing infection. They are frequently caused by improper nail trimming but also by shoe pressure, injury, fungus infection, heredity, and poor foot structure. Toenails should be trimmed straight across, slightly longer than the end of the toe, with toenail clippers. If the ingrown portion of the nail is painful or infected, we will remove the affected portion and should the condition reoccurrs frequently, we may suggest permanently removing the offending nail.

Neuromas are enlarged, benign growths of nerves, most commonly between the third and fourth toes of the foot. They are caused by bones and other tissue rubbing against and irritating the nerves, which can result in pain, burning, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot. Call our office and consult with one of our podiatric doctors for a treatment alternative that is best for you.

Warts are caused by a virus, which enters the skin through small cuts and infects the skin. Most warts are harmless and benign, even though some may be painful and most are unsightly. Call our office and consult with one of our podiatric doctors for a treatment alternative that is best for you..

Our podiatric doctors are been trained specifically and extensively in the diagnosis and treatment of all manner of foot conditions. This training encompasses all of the intricately related systems and structures of the foot and lower leg including neurological (your nerves), circulation, skin/dermatology, and the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves). If your are experiencing issues call our office and consult with one of our podiatric doctors for a treatment alternative that is best for you.

The information on this site is provided for your assistance only; this site does not provide podiatric advice. You should never diagnose or treat yourself for a podiatric condition based on the information provided herein, and the information is not provided for that purpose. Likewise, you should never determine that treatment is unnecessary based on this information. The information contained herein is not a substitute for podiatric care provided by a licensed podiatric professional. The information provided herein is not podiatric, medical or professional advice. This site does not create a doctor-patient relationship. If you are feeling ill, please call your primary care physician, or other healthcare provider. In the case of an emergency, please go to the nearest hospital.

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