Posts for category: Podiatry
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.
Toenail fungus may seem like a small issue, however, they can often lead to infection and other issues if left untreated. Read on to learn if your fungus issue requires a visit to our Needham, MA, foot doctors, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter.
When should I see a podiatrist for care?
While over-the-counter fungal cream is available at your local drugstore, not everyone finds these treatment options to be effective. For instance, if the fungus has infected the nail bed, medicinal cream won’t able to penetrate the nail to reach all of the infected areas. If you find that nothing has changed after a few weeks of treatment, then it’s time to see a foot doctor at our Needham, MA, office.
The first course of action may be a prescription antifungal medication. Instead of applying this medication topically, we will prescribe an oral medication, which will work systemically to kill the infection. However, treating a fungal infection isn’t always a quick process, as it will still take a few months for the nail to grow out clear even once the infection is gone.
Should I get laser treatment for my toenail fungus?
If you are dealing with a recurring or stubborn fungal infection that isn’t responding to either at-home care or prescription oral medication, then it’s time to consider laser therapy. After all, one session of laser treatment may be all you need to clear the infection!
A painless and non-invasive procedure, this treatment entails that our podiatrist directs a laser over the affected nail, where it will heat up and destroy the fungus while leaving healthy areas of the toe unaffected.
Are you dealing with a recurring or persistent toenail fungal infection in Needham, MA? If so, turn to the foot doctors here at Advanced Podiatry of Needham by dialing (781) 444-4044.