Bumps, Bruises, and Pain. Oh My!
The experts at Dallas Podiatry Works treat a plethora of foot and ankle conditions and understand the importance of healthy feet. If you're experiencing pain, we have the answer! Problems range from mild to severe and appear in many different forms. Some of the most common foot conditions that Dr. Joel Brook and Dr. David Northcutt treat are included below.
These painfully enlarged bumps at the joint of your big toe cause it to lean in toward the others. This throws the foot bones out of alignment. This condition can affect your posture and lead to other irregularities such as claw and hammertoes.
Bunions primarily affect women. Consenting to tight, poorly fitted, high-heeled, and pointed-toe shoes makes their feet prone to this bone deformity. Individuals with flat feet are also susceptible to this condition.
To alleviate pain, wear shoes that offer a generous amount of space for the toes. Footwear that conforms to the shape of your bunion will also decrease the amount of pressure and friction.
The plantar fascia supports the arches of the feet. When this band of tissue becomes too tight, it risks tearing. Continued stretching and pulling causes the inflammation and swelling that characterizes plantar fasciitis.
From heel to toe, this condition produces the feeling of being stabbed in the heel or stepping on a pebble. It typically plagues individuals with flat feet or high arches and is commonly caused by over- pronation which occurs when the foot rolls inward while walking or running.
Treatment options for plantar fasciitis may include taking anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen or undergoing steroid injections. Your podiatrist may recommend stretching exercises, physical therapy, or custom orthotics.
Corns and Calluses
When skin on the foot becomes irritated or too much pressure is applied in one area, corns and calluses develop. These areas of thick, dead skin create issues with foot structure and cause irritability with certain footwear. You can treat them at home by relieving all pressure. When it comes to modifying your shoes, positioning of pads should be done with care. See Drs. Brook or Northcutt for help!
When the nail grows into the surrounding skin, an ingrown toenail forms. This condition can be caused by a number of things ranging from trimming your toenail too short to wearing shoes that are too tight or too small. Avoiding ingrown nails is possible. Trim your toenails straight across and wear appropriate footwear.
Plantar warts are a result of a viral infection. Don't mistake them for calluses. Our podiatrists will provide you with the best plan of action, moving forward. Depending on the severity of your plantar wart, treatments vary. Some patients use applications of salicylic acid to soften the skin and expose the wart, while others opt for freezing with liquid nitrogen or injecting the wart with medication. Vary rarely will one of our doctors perform surgery to treat this condition.
Overall, when it comes to your feet, practice good hygiene. Make caring for each foot part of your daily routine. Our professional staff at Dallas Podiatry Works in Texas will do their best to diagnose your condition and treat you with the best absolute care. If you have any questions, we're happy to help! Make an appointment with us today by calling our office at (972) 566-7474, or by booking online.