Your feet are intricate structures that support and balance your entire body on a daily basis, you are dependent on them and to properly take care of them it's sometimes important to seek the help of a professional. Choosing the right foot doctor, or podiatrist, is the first step, and you have to search very far if you live in or near the Needham, MA, area as you can depend on the expert care of Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter of Advanced Podiatry of Needham. Below will be covered some of the most important reasons why you need the expert help of a podiatrist, but to learn much more you can get in contact with them directly.
Foot pain is one of the most common reasons why you might visit a podiatrist's office. Whether you are an athlete or you work on your feet for long periods throughout the day you run a higher chance of developing foot problems, especially if your feet don't have the necessary support. Your podiatrist will suggest the right footwear for your individual needs and may prescribe custom orthotics to manage your discomfort and help you recover, among other specialized treatment options.
Improper support can also be attributed to foot problems like arthritis or having low arches, which give way to many other foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis and hammer toe, to name just a few. Custom orthotics are also often used to treat and manage these conditions, but in severe cases, surgery may be suggested to correct the underlying problem.
If you have diabetes meeting with a podiatrist often is a necessity, as the condition can make you more prone to foot problems. Because of the nature of diabetes, these foot problems are easy to aggravate and also much more difficult to even detect on your own.
Podiatrist in Needham, MA
If you've not yet made a choice of podiatrist then it's time to do so, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mitry and Dr. Karter of Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA, by dialing (781) 444-4044.
If bunions are causing you pain, we can help. Irritation and discomfort often occur as the interior of the shoes rubs against the bunions throughout the day. Several options are available for treating bunions and the pain they cause. A podiatrist can recommend a specific treatment for you. In Needham, MA, bunions are treated at Advanced Podiatry of Needham, where Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter can help you find relief from bunion pain.
What Causes Bunions?
A common cause of bunions is a dislocated metatarsophalangeal toe joint. The metatarsophalangeal joint is located at the base of the big toe and connects the toe to the foot. When the joint is out of place, the big toe slants toward the smaller ones. This causes the bony end of the metatarsophalangeal joint to slant in the opposite direction and press against the side of the foot, forming a hard bump or bunion.
Several factors can result in the metatarsophalangeal joint slipping out of place. Wearing shoes that are too narrow or tight and cramp the toes can lead to dislocation of the joint and the development of bunions. Other causes include a foot injury or deformity, as well as arthritis or another medical condition.
Once bunions form, they will not go away on their own so it is important to speak with a podiatrist about treatment options. We utilize several methods for treating bunions at our Needham, MA, podiatry office. Treatments include:
- Switching to footwear designed with enough room to accommodate the bunion and not irritate it
- Using protective padding inside shoes to reduce friction and alleviate inflammation
- Wearing orthotic devices to correct foot positioning and stabilize the toe joint
- Performing special foot exercises to prevent stiffness and improve joint mobility and function
- Wearing splints on the feet when sleeping to realign the toe joint
- Removing calluses or corns on the feet
If more conservative methods have not provided sufficient relief from bunion discomfort, surgical treatment might be the next step. Bunions surgery, often referred to as a bunionectomy, can be performed to realign the toe joint and remove the bunion.
You do not need to suffer with pain and discomfort caused by bunions. Many effective treatment options are available. For the treatment of bunions in Needham, MA, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter by calling Advanced Podiatry of Needham at (781) 444-4044.
Onychomycosis, more commonly known as nail fungus, is a condition in which the nail or skin beneath the nail becomes infected. Walking barefoot around a public pool or shower can increase the risk of developing a fungal infection on the toenails. Left untreated, the infection can spread. Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter, the experienced podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA, utilize a laser nail fungus treatment for eliminating toenail fungus.
Symptoms of Toenail Fungus
Once toenail fungus develops, it can be difficult to get rid of on your own and it can keep coming back. If you have developed signs of toenail fungus, it is best to see a podiatrist for professional treatment to prevent the fungal infection from spreading and causing additional problems. Symptoms of toenail fungus include:
- Yellowing of the nails
- White patches on the nails
- Thickening of the nails
- Brittle nails that flake
- Darkening of the skin beneath the nails
- Toenails that are loose
There are several steps you can take to prevent a fungal infection from developing on the toenails. One way to prevent toenail fungus is to keep the feet clean and dry. It also helps to wear properly fitting shoes that are not too narrow or tight. Wearing protective footwear when walking around public pools, locker rooms, and showers is also important. Additionally, nail clippers and other pedicure instruments should be disinfected after use to help prevent infection.
Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus
To treat toenail fungus, topical and oral anti-fungal medications are used. One of the newest and most effective methods for treating nail fungus is laser treatment. We offer laser nail fungus treatment at our Needham, MA, podiatry office.
Laser treatment is performed by running a beam of laser light over the affected nail. As the laser passes across the nail, the pigment in the fungi absorbs the light, which creates heat. The heat ultimately kills the fungi that caused the infection.
Benefits of Laser Treatment
Laser treatment is extremely effective and has several benefits. Not only does it kill fungi, but it also stimulates healthy nail growth. Additionally, the laser beam does not harm the surrounding healthy tissues. It only targets areas of the skin and nails affected by fungi. Laser treatment is safe, gentle, and effective. Most patients experience little to no discomfort from the laser. Finally, laser technology as a treatment for nail fungus is approved by the FDA and has no negative side effects.
There are many benefits to undergoing laser treatment for toenail fungus. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter to learn more about laser nail fungus treatment by calling Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA, at (781) 444-4044.
People often ignore foot care, even though it's a necessary part of your overall health. Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter of Advanced Podiatry of Needham provide patients with several foot care services in Needham, MA.
The Benefits of Visiting a Podiatrist
A podiatrist specializes in the medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems like:
- Heel pain
- Ingrown toenails
- Corns and calluses
Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter consult with patients about foot issues and go on to diagnose and treat tumors, ulcers, fractures, skin and nail diseases. A podiatrist can also perform surgeries to correct or remedy deformities like fractures and hammertoes. Your Needham, MA, podiatrists prescribe therapies and diagnostic procedures like lab tests and provide orthotic inserts to correct walking patterns.
More About Foot Issues
Heel Pain: This is pain on the bottom of the foot when tissue called the plantar fasciitis, a connective tissue, is inflamed. Overpronation, when a person's ankle rolls too far downward and inward with each step, is the most common cause of heel pain. This excessive rolling movement flattens the foot, lengthens the arch, and puts added tension on the plantar fascia causing heel pain.
Heel Spur: This condition occurs when calcium deposits build up on the heel bone. You can first use conservative measures to deal with heel spurs like anti-inflammatory medications, ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and physical therapy. If the issue persists, your podiatrist may treat the problem with Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment.
Nail Fungus: It’s an infection of the toenail you can contract through nail clippers, public showers, or pools since fungi thrive in warm, moist places. Untreated toenail fungus may spread and cause symptoms of darkened, yellow, or white toenails. Toenails thicken, become more brittle, and in severe cases split from the nail bed.
Need a Podiatrist?
If you'd like to speak with a podiatrist, make sure you contact Dr. Mitry and Dr. Karter of Advanced Podiatry of Needham at their Needham, MA, office by calling (781) 444-4044.
At Advanced Podiatry of Needham, our foot doctor will diagnose and treat conditions involving the leg, ankle, and foot. They can also prescribe orthotic insoles that help improve balance and provide additional comfort while walking or standing. A podiatrist may also perform non-invasive or invasive surgery when a problem is severe enough. If you display any signs or symptoms of common injuries like sprains and strains, pain in areas like the ankle, arch, or ball of the foot, consult with Dr. Michael Mitry or Dr. Christopher Karter in our Needham, MA, office to discuss treatment options.
When To See a Podiatrist
You should consider visiting our foot doctor as a preventive measure. That's because our Needham, MA, podiatrist can run a series of tests that identify the strength of one's toes, feet, ankles, and legs. Once this has been determined, Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter can suggest exercises to build endurance and help prevent injury. If you play sports, have an active lifestyle, or develop a fracture from doing so, it's beneficial to see a podiatrist to treat the problem and prevent further damage. Other reasons you may consider seeing a podiatrist include feelings of intermittent or chronic foot pain, numbness, and swelling. You may also visit us for conditions that affect the toes like fungus, calluses, and corns.
If you have diabetes and don't have a podiatrist, schedule a consultation with our foot doctor to begin your journey to better foot health. We don't recommend waiting until you experience an injury or can't walk to incorporate routine foot care into your lifestyle. For more information about conditions we treat and other services provided by Advanced Podiatry of Needham, visit our website. Please call (781) 444-4044 or appointment scheduling with Dr. Michael Mitry or Dr. Christopher Karter in our Needham, MA office.
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