WHAT IS A PODIATRIST:
They specialize in the study, diagnosis, and surgical treatment of disorders of feet or ankles.
WHAT DO THEY TREAT:
Click on any of the items below for more information on the ailments a podiatrist treats.
Warts are caused by viruses, and when they appear on the foot they are called plantar warts.
Fungus on the feet causes athlete’s foot. According to the APMA, the fungus tends to grow in humid, dark and warm environments, and can cause dry skin, itching, inflammation and blisters.
When toenails dig into the toes, they can cause considerable pain. Sometimes the nails can grow into the toes and cause infection.
Sometimes fungus can grow underneath nail surfaces. This fungus is called onychomycosis and causes the nail to grow darker and smell bad. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other toes, and cause pain that can interfere with daily routines.
These bumps usually show up on the joint at the base of the big toe, causing pain, swelling, roughened skin and redness.
Feet are meant to absorb the shock of walking and running. Flat feet are less capable of absorbing shock, which leads to foot pain.
Corns and calluses:
Serious calluses and corns can cause foot pain when the thick and hardened dead skin forms pressure and causes friction.
Hammer toes usually affect the first joint of a toe and cause toes to be permanently bent. They can cause foot pain, redness and swelling in the affected joint, pain in the ball of the foot, formation of corns on the top of the joint and restricted movement.
Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat common sports injuries, including ankle and foot sprains, tendinitis and Achilles tendon ruptures.
These open sores or wounds affect an estimated 15% of people with diabetes. They usually occur on the sole of the foot and if left untreated can become infected.
Heel pain can be caused by many things, including heel spurs (protrusions of bone from the heel bone), plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis.