By Advanced Podiatry of Needham
November 09, 2022
Category: Foot Issue
Tags: Heel Pain  

When you are suffering from heel pain in Needham, MA, you can count on Dr. Michael Mitry, a board-certified podiatrist and member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and Dr. Christopher Karter of Advanced Podiatry of Needham. His full service practice is equipped to treat a variety of conditions from the simplest to the most complex surgeries.

Heel pain in Needham, MA can be caused by more than one condition. All of them, however, are treatable. You just need to get in to see a podiatrist for a diagnosis. For most people, the pain starts small and gets increasingly severe. In 2/3 of cases, it is only in one heel.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis regularly causes heel pain. The plantar fascia is a thin ligament that supports the arch of the foot. This ligament runs along the bottom of the foot. It takes a lot of stress from running or just walking and when it becomes irritated it can cause severe pain. This condition affects more than 2 million people every year and is often caused by an increase in normal activity or repetitious activities. Most people can recover from this without surgery by resting, changing their activities, doing stretch exercises, getting physical therapy, using ice and getting custom orthotics. For 10%, this won't be enough and surgery will be required. 

Heel spur

A heel spur is a bony growth of calcium that accumulates on the bottom of the heel. The spurs are often pointy and headed toward the arch of the foot and the plantar fascia. Your podiatrist may want to take an x-ray to make sure exactly what is going on in your heel. Pain in the heel may be caused by a heel spur, but some people don't have any pain from them. Being overweight, female and aging are some of the common reasons for developing them. To help with the pain, use ice, rest, take anti-inflammatory medication, receive steroid shots and custom orthotics. If nothing helps, surgery may be the only option.

Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle with the back of the heel bone. The inflammation is usually caused by over use and can be very painful. The tendonitis responds to ice, rest, stretching exercises, NSAIDs, cortisone shots and custom orthotics. It is a more serious condition if the tendon ruptures.

Contact Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter at Advanced Podiatry of Needham when you are suffering from heel pain in Needham, MA. You can reach us on the phone at (781) 444-4044 or use the form on our website. Don't suffer another day. Let us help you have a pain-free heel.

By Advanced Podiatry of Needham
August 10, 2022
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Podiatrist  

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

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.

Foot Conditions

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.

By Advanced Podiatry of Needham
March 18, 2022
Category: Foot Issue
Tags: Bunions  

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.

Bunion Treatments

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.

By Advanced Podiatry of Needham
June 11, 2021
Category: Foot Care

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.

By Advanced Podiatry of Needham
April 23, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  

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:

  • Bunions
  • Heel pain
  • Spurs
  • Hammertoes
  • Neuromas
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Warts
  • 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.

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