There are many common foot conditions that you can have addressed at our office. Dr. Dana R. Ray can examine all issues like bunions, hammertoes, warts, and corns. Call us today to set up an appointment to have your foot problem evaluated by a professional.
Ingrown nails are considered a form of nail disease. It is usually a very painful condition where the nail will grow into one side or both sides of the skin or nail bed. The cause of this condition is usually the nail shape, trauma, improper trimming, or shoe pressure.
When left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to an infection. Some temporary and permanent procedures are available to correct this problem. Both of these procedures can be performed in our office.
Heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis, is a term that is used when referring to heel and arch pain that can be traced to inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the strong cord that supports the arch of the foot near its attachment to the heel bone.
The most common cause of this problem is over pronation. The foot rolls inward when you walk and it flattens the foot, lengthens the arch, and puts extra tension on the plantar fascia. This can cause inflammation over time.
Another name for this condition is heel spur syndrome. This condition can often be successfully treated with conservative measures.
Rest assured you are not alone when it comes to some of the issues you are experiencing with your feet. Bunions, corns, warts, hammertoes, and ingrown toenails can all be painful and scary to deal with. Leave it to us to take care of it for you. Call today to make an appointment.
Arch pain can be a very painful, but common condition of the foot. Arch pain is a term that is used to describe symptoms that are under the arch of the foot. If a patient presents with arch pain, they typically have inflammation in the tissue that is located in the mid foot.
Arch pain most often happens in patients with flat feet or very high arches. This part of the foot is important in the transfer of weight from the heels to the toes when moving. When a person has inflammation in the tissue of the arch and it is irritated, simple movements can be quite painful.
A bunion is said to be a deformity or structural change that occurs on the great toe joint. Part of the bone is seen just behind the great toe and it heads towards the second toe.
Poor fitting shoes and joint arthritic conditions may cause a bunion to become more painful.
The treatment for this may include something as simple as a shoe change, anti–inflammatory medication, cortisone injections, or possible surgical correction.
Something that surprises people is that several different viruses that invade the skin cause warts. When they are located on the foot, they can become very painful to walk on.
Warts can be contagious and they are usually spread through tiny cracks that appear on the skin of the foot.
When a person has a hammertoe, a deformity is in the second, third, or forth toes. It causes the toe to be permanently bent and resembels the head of a hammer.
These toe deformities will start as an over pull of tendons and may be flexible for years, but they will become rigid after time.
Flat feet or fallen arches are considered a deformity where the arch collapses. This is when the entire sole of the foot comes into complete or near complete contact with the ground.
This problem will lead to heel pain or arch pain as well as arthritis.
The most common disease of the nails is a fungal infection. This infection makes up 50% of all abnormalities. The most common place for this to occur is in the toenails.
The nail will appear thicker, brittle, odd shaped, dark or yellow in color. If left untreated, it can become very painful, and limit the ability to walk comfortably.
Diminished blood circulation
Slow growing nails
Family history of fungal infection
Humid or moist work environment
Wearing socks and shoes that prevent ventilation
Previous injury or infection to the skin or nail
Diabetes and other circulation problems – weakened immune system
Tight footwear with crowding of toes
Exercises that cause repeated minor trauma to the nail plate
Diabetic shoes are referred to as extra depth or therapeutic shoes. These shoes are specially designed or have shoe inserts that are intended to reduce the risk of skin breakdown that occurs with diabetics. People that suffer with diabetes tend to have neuropathy in their feet and may have a false sense of security when it comes to risks with their feet.
The goal of therapeutic footwear is to prevent complications like strains, ulcers, calluses, or even amputations in patients that have diabetes or poor circulation. Neuropathy sometimes changes the shape of a person’s foot, which limits the range that shoes can be worn comfortably. Diabetic shoes and inserts work as a preventative measure to avoid foot injury and help improve mobility.
An orthotic is a custom laboratory-made support device that slips from shoe to shoe to help keep the feet in proper alignment. This can help relieve many different foot related conditions.
Orthotics are also available in a generic form.