An Inside Look at Conditions Podiatrists Treat

There is a wide range of common foot conditions that your podiatrist can offer treatments for. Here are a few of the conditions most podiatrists see often and how they are treated.

Plantar Fasciitis

     Podiatrists often see patients who struggle specifically with pain areas being in the heel of the foot, caused by conditions like plantar fasciitis. The number one cause of plantar fasciitis is caused by overuse, however, those who are overweight or have low arches are also at risk. The tissues that connect your heel to your toes undergoes constant stress. People who suffer from this condition experience a sharp pain in the bottom of their heel and everyday activity can be extremely hindered due to discomfort.

There are a few treatment options for those with plantar fasciitis. Your podiatrist will likely recommend resting your feet alongside physical therapy exercises.  Another treatment option often offered is MLS laser therapy, which does not require surgery. However, if none of these options are enough to bring relief, then plantar fasciitis surgery is also available.

Athlete’s Foot

     Athlete’s foot is the most common fungal infection podiatrists see. The symptoms include having an itchy, unpleasant rash that is typically spotted around the toe area. Unfortunately, athlete’s foot is very contagious and is contracted in public easily. For example, public showers, pools, and locker rooms all are known for this fungal infection due to the damp environment.

Your podiatrist can recommend to you anti-fungal ointments and lotions that can be purchased over-the-counter. If you have no luck with these, a podiatrist may prescribe you a stronger medicine for treatment.

Fallen Arches

Fallen arches, or more commonly known as flat feet, can cause many problems. When there is lack of arch in your feet there can be great discomforts such as soreness and aches.

Podiatrists see fallen arches regularly. Most likely, orthotic inserts would be a major part of treatment since they add arch support. Another option would be physical therapy exercises in order to ease an aching foot. Lastly, anti-inflammatory medication can also help reduce swelling and pain in the foot.

Bunions

Bunions are spotted easily, as they appear as a bony bump on the outside base of your big toe. Bunions cause swelling and soreness around the big toe area and can prohibit movement of the toe. Bunions can either be  inherited or developed, but nonetheless, they are commonly seen.

Your podiatrist may suggest a change of shoes and orthotic inserts, and also stretches. However, if simple treatments do not help, surgery may be considered. Surgery depends on the patient. Your podiatrist would explore surgery options and treatments with you, all depending on the severity of this condition.

Ankle Sprain

Spraining an ankle is a very common injury and can happen to anyone. Twisting your ankle stretches or rips ligaments in your ankle, which injures and causes pain. A sprained ankle often swells up and bruises, along with tenderness. The severity of the symptoms and pain depends on the severity of the injury.

Since the severity of the injury differs from case to case, so does treatment. your podiatrist will suggest to ice your ankle and keep it elevated. Resting is also a key part of recovery. If the sprain is more serious, a brace may be recommended along with physical therapy to help improve mobility. In the worst case, surgery may be required.

      Podiatrists see a lot of different foot conditions and complications; the list does not stop here! Treatments differ from person to person, as your podiatrist will work with you to find the best method. If you are suffering from any of these conditions listed, or different, contact your podiatrist to diagnose and find the best treatment for you.