Podiatry is a healthcare field that focuses on the prevention and treatment of foot and lower leg conditions. Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing, treating and preventing foot problems. Your Alamo Heights podiatrist performs surgery and prescribes medications to treat these problems.
Podiatrists have earned a reputation for being experts at diagnosing and treating foot injuries, as well as treating functional foot conditions that affect your ability to perform daily activities. If you have any of the following symptoms, it may be time to see a podiatrist:
Swelling and/or pain in your ankle or heel area
There are many causes of ankle and heel pain, but it is usually associated with a condition called plantar fasciitis. This condition can be caused by excessive stress on the plantar fascia ligament, which is located on the bottom of your foot. This ligament can become stretched over time, causing inflammation and pain. Treatment may include rest and ice, as well as anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Advil). If these remedies fail to provide relief from your symptoms, you may be referred to a podiatrist for further evaluation.
Pain when walking or standing for long
Pain when walking or standing for long is often due to inflammation of the arches of the foot. This can cause swelling and discomfort with every step you take. With this type of pain, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention so that it can be treated properly.
Inability to keep your toe straight or it is always pointing inward when standing
If you are unable to straighten your toe or it is always pointing inward when standing, it could be a sign of a foot problem. If you notice that your toes are pointing inward, it may mean that there is too much pressure on the arch and ball of the foot. Your podiatrist can help you determine if this is the case by giving you a thorough examination.
Blisters around one or both big toes
Blisters can occur because of friction and pressure against the bottom of the foot, but blisters can also be caused by a variety of other conditions, including infections and deep vein thrombosis. If you have blisters on your big toes, visit your doctor to rule out other possible causes and get treatment for the blister.
Heel spur (a bony growth from the bone at the back of your heel)
One of the most common reasons people go to a podiatrist is to have their heel spur removed. A heel spur is a bony growth that develops over time and can affect your gait, or walking style. It is also associated with certain types of diabetes.
Podiatrists can remove heel spurs using the following techniques:
- Plantar fasciotomy: Involves cutting through the connective tissue between the bones on either side of your feet (plantar fascia). This makes it easier for you to stand up straight, while also reducing pain caused by swelling around the heel bone.
- Laser surgery: Involves using heat or laser energy to break down tissue in order for it to heal faster and more effectively than traditional surgery methods.
The podiatrist is an excellent resource for people with foot pain. They can help you understand the underlying cause of the pain and help you find a solution. If you have foot pain, contact Marque A. Allen, DPM, FACFAS and request to see a podiatrist as soon as possible.