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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.