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.