Podiatric Medicine to Help Take Care of Your Feet
Podiatric services diagnose and treat an individual's foot and ankle problems. Podiatric medicine helps with a wide range of issues including foot or ankle pain due to an injury, biomechanical factors such as high arches or flat fleet or issues related to a disease such as diabetes. Our highly experienced podiatrists focus on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of each patient’s individual needs in order to provide the best quality of care.
Foot or ankle pain that cannot be relieved may be the sign of bigger problems. Even something as seemingly minor as an ingrown toenail can cause complications. Podiatrists can evaluate and treat the disorder while also recommending preventative care for future health.
Our podiatric team offers a comprehensive spectrum of bone, ligament, tendon repair, surgery and treatment options. If podiatric surgery is necessary, Franciscan Health offers many non-invasive, minimally invasive and surgical procedures in order to speed the healing process. Our skilled podiatric physicians also treat sports-related injuries and coordinate individual treatment plans with physical therapists for full-treatment. Orthotic services are also available.
Ligament reconstruction or repair may be needed if a ligament is pulled, torn or damaged. Ligaments are strong and flexible tissue that connect one bone to another bone.
Those suffering from foot or ankle pain have an expert care resource at Franciscan Health. Using state-of-the-art techniques, our orthopedic surgeons successfully perform a variety of foot and ankle surgeries for patients of all ages.
How to prevent foot pain
The American Podiatric Medical Association offers the following tips for preventing foot pain:
- Don't ignore foot pain - it's not normal. If the pain persists, see a doctor who specializes in podiatry.
- Inspect and wash feet regularly, especially between the toes, and dry them completely.
- Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. (Cutting nails in corners or on the side increases the risk for ingrown toenails.)
- Select and wear the right shoe for specific activities. Make sure shoes fit properly. Don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.
- Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
- People with diabetes, poor circulation or heart problems should not treat their own feet, including toenails, because they are more prone to infection.