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.
If you’re suffering from a sprained ankle, you are probably dealing with unpleasant symptoms, mainly pain. Fortunately, with help from your podiatrist here at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter, you can manage your ankle sprain and help ensure a safe and fast recovery.
Additionally, besides speeding up your healing, proper post-injury treatments could likewise prevent complications and future ankle issues.
Safe, Efficient, and Fast Ankle Sprain Recovery with The “PRICE” Method
- “P” for Protection: Avoid anything that could place pressure or exacerbate your ankle sprain.
- “R” for Resting: Don’t move around or walk too much. If you must walk, use a cane or crutches to help you move around safely.
- “I” for Icing: The most suitable way to ice your sprained ankle is to utilize a pack of frozen corn or peas since you can wrap this around your ankle quite easily. Ice the injured area for 20 minutes at the most, about three or five times daily for three days following your injury.
- “C” for Compression: This entails applying pressure on your ankle sprain and the surrounding area. Use tensor or an elastic bandage for wrapping your foot, starting from the toes and all the way to the mid-calf. Ensure to place sufficient pressure to allow for proper compression, making sure that it’s not too tight to hinder blood flow.
- “E” for Elevation: Elevate your sprained ankle as often as possible while you’re recovering. This will aid in improving blood circulation and help make certain that blood will flow to the proper places for optimal healing.
Seeing Your Podiatrist
A very mild ankle sprain doesn’t always warrant a visit to your podiatrist, unless you have severe pain, are a senior or a child, a diabetic, can’t place even the teeniest pressure on your injured ankle, and/or are unsure whether it’s minor a sprain or not. If one or more of these factors apply to you, visit your podiatrist in Needham, MA, right away to ensure that your injury is really a sprained ankle and not something that’s more serious.
If it turns out that your ankle isn’t just sprained but has a torn or broken ligament, your podiatrist will be able to recommend the most appropriate treatment options to manage your injury.
For Help Treating Your Ankle Sprain, Reach Out to Us
Book an appointment with your podiatrist here at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter, by calling (781) 444-4044.
Is your heel so painful in the morning you hesitate to take a step? You may have plantar fasciitis, a common inflammatory condition related to overuse, improper gait and other factors. At Advanced Podiatry of Needham, your foot doctors, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter, analyze heel pain and suggest ways to eliminate it.
It may be plantar fasciitis
Your Needham foot doctors see many adult patients with plantar fasciitis and its related heel spur syndrome. Plantar fasciitis comes from inflammation of the connective tissue located between the heel and the toes. A heel spur, or small calcified bump, may project from the front of the heel bone itself.
The plantar fascia spans the arch of the foot, and when overstretched due to sports (running), standing for prolonged periods of time or rolling the foot inward (overpronation), it becomes inflamed and very tender. After you sleep or sit, the pain is worse, but with gentle activity, it diminishes, only to return hours later.
See your podiatrist
For persistent heel pain, contact Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter for an in-office foot exam. They'll want to look at your foot, how you place it when you walk and at your strength, range of motion and reflexes. Digital imaging will show any bone spurs and rules out problems such as stress fractures.
To treat plantar fasciitis, your podiatrist may advise some of the following:
- Simple rest or modification of your training program if you are an athlete
- Well-constructed footwear with low heels and support in the arches
- Ibuprofen for pain
- Stretching exercises and physical therapy
- Shoe inserts to balance your gait
- Night splints to support the foot or a walking cast during the day
Few people require surgery for plantar fasciitis, but if your symptoms persist beyond six to eight weeks, your podiatrist may consider it.
Other reasons for heel pain
Stone bruises may cause heel pain as can arthritis and bursitis. Simply carrying too much bodyweight may flatten your arches excessively and inflame the connective tissue or even lead to stress fractures. So, keeping a healthy weight is important to your overall and podiatric health.
Stay on your feet
You can manage heel pain. So, don't suffer. Call Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter, your foot doctors in Needham, MA. You'll receive the best in patient-centered care. Phone Advanced Podiatry of Needham at (781) 444-4044.
Bunions can be painful and debilitating, making your shoes uncomfortable and sometimes making it difficult to walk. If you suffer from bunions, you should seek medical advice from a podiatrist. Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter are board-certified podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA. They provide diagnosis and treatment of all aspects of podiatry as well as foot and ankle surgery.
What Are Bunions?
A bunion is a hard swelling that forms on the lower joint of the big toe, causing the appendage to press against its neighbor. Bunions can be caused by ill-fitting shoes, arthritis, and stress on the feet. Signs and symptoms of bunions include:
- An inflamed lump at the base of one or both big toes
- Difficulty moving the affected toe
- Swelling and redness around the lower joint of the affected toe
- Pain that comes and goes or persistent pain
- Callouses or corns where the big toe rubs against the next toe
How to Avoid Bunions
Bunions can be avoided if you take care of your feet throughout your life. Bunions develop slowly so it’s a good idea to pay attention to the shape of your feet, so that you can spot the early signs of bunions and talk to a podiatrist.
To prevent bunions, avoid high heels or shoes with narrow, pointed toes. Always wear shoes that are comfortable and don’t put pressure on your feet. Also, performing simple exercises, such as picking up a small object with your toes, can help to strengthen them.
If you suffer from bunions or any other foot condition and you live in the Needham area, call Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter at (781) 444-4044 to make an appointment.
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