Knowledgebase / Medical Care

Computed Tomography

Computed tomography (CT) examination (also known as a CAT scan) is used in podiatry to help diagnose and treat foot or ankle problems. A CT is a kind of X-ray device that takes cross sectional images of a part of the body, giving the physician a three-dimensional image. CT scans [...]

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MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is sophisticated diagnostic equipment used to diagnose an array of health problems or conditions, including: Arthritis. Fractures. Infections. Injuries of the tendons, ligaments, or cartilage. Tumors. MRIs use no radiation like conventional X-rays or CT scans. They employ large magnet and radio waves to produce three-dimensional [...]

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a very effective tool for diagnosing a wide variety of foot and ankle problems, particularly soft tissue problems. Ultrasound uses sound waves on the body in a way much like radar uses sound waves. The waves hit a targeted area and are bounced back to a recording device, which [...]

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X-Rays

<p><em>X-rays</em> help determine whether a bone has been fractured or damaged by conditions such as an infection, arthritis, or other disease.</p><p>Other reasons for conventional X-rays on your feet are to:</p> <ul><li>Evaluate changes in the bones from infections, arthritis, or other bone disease.</li> <li>Assess whether a child&#8217;s bones are growing normally.</li> <li>Locate [...]

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Orthotics

Orthotics, also known as orthoses, refers to any device inserted into a shoe, ranging from felt pads to custom-made shoe inserts that correct an abnormal or irregular, walking pattern. Often called arch supports, orthotics allow people to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. Orthoses are either prescription or [...]

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General Information and Tips

Most individuals will experience foot pain at some point in time during their lives. Foot pain is caused by a wide variety of injuries, health problems or disorders, including (but not limited to): Arthritis Bone spurs Bunions Calluses Corns Flat Feet Gout Ingrown toenails Plantar fasciitis Sprains Stress fractures Warts [...]

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Pain Management for Specific Conditions

Our team of specialists and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics [...]

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Arthritis Surgery

Patients who undergo surgery to correct arthritis in the foot are often diabetics with a type of arthritis known as Charcot Foot. The average age of patients developing a Charcot foot is 40 years. About one-third of patients develop a Charcot foot in both feet and/or ankles. This form of [...]

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Arthroscopy

Arthroscopic surgery on the foot and ankle may be used as a diagnostic or treatment procedure, or both. A small instrument, called an arthroscope, penetrates the skin through small incisions. Tiny cameras can be inserted through the arthroscope, allowing the surgeon to accurately see the area and/or damage. Other small [...]

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Bunion Surgery

Bunions are progressive bone deformities of the foot that are caused by recurring or chronic inflammation, irritation, and pain. Depending on the severity, podiatrists will recommend surgical correction. The surgical removal of a bunion is called bunionectomy. There are several types of bunionectomies, each designed to resolve different structural changes [...]

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Cyst Removal

Podiatrists normally recommend surgery to remove Ganglion masses, or cysts. Doctors preform most cyst removal surgeries as an outpatient basis. If you’d want a cyst removed, contact our office. During this procedure, surgeons will dissect the cysts from the surrounding soft tissues and removed it. The post-surgery recovery period depends [...]

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Flatfoot Correction

Adult-acquired flatfoot or posterior tibial tendon dysfunction tends to lead to a gradual loss of the arch. The posterior tibial muscle is a deep muscle in the back of the calf. It is a long tendon that extends from above the ankle and attaches into several sites around the arch [...]

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Hammertoe Surgery

Hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third, or fourth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, causing it to resemble a hammer. Left untreated, hammertoes can become inflexible and painful, requiring surgery. Podiatrists will perform Hammertoe surgery as an outpatient basis in the their [...]

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Heel Surgery

Many conditions can affect the rear part of the foot and ankle. Two common conditions can cause pain to the bottom of the heel and lead to surgical intervention: plantar fasciitis (an inflammation of a fibrous band of tissue in the bottom of the foot that extends from the heel [...]

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Metatarsal Surgery

Podiatrists perform Metatarsal Surgery to correct abnormal alignments of the metatarsal bones. These misaligned bones create painful calluses and bunions on the ball of the foot. The most common procedure to relieve the pain is to perform this surgery. There are five metatarsal bones in each foot, each consisting of [...]

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Nerve Surgery (Neuroma)

A neuroma is an abnormality of a nerve that has been damaged either by trauma or as a result of an abnormality of the foot. Neuromas occur most often in the ball of the foot, causing a pinched and inflamed nerve. In cases of chronic nerve pain from neuromas, surgery [...]

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Toe Surgery

There are many kinds of toe problems requiring surgery. These include removal of: Bunions, an enlargement of the bone and tissue around the joint of the big toe. Hammertoes, which are frequently caused by an imbalance in the tendon or joints of the toes. Neuromas, an irritation of a nerve [...]

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SWIFT Treatment

SWIFT Treatment is GOLD Standard wart treatment used by our office. SWIFT is highly effective in the removal of plantar warts. It delivers low dose microwave energy through a specialized probe that targets and effectively treats the underlying HPV virus by stimulating a natural immune response in the body. Swift [...]

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Athlete’s Foot Treatment

If untreated, skin blisters and cracks caused by Athlete’s Foot can cause serious bacterial infections. The treatment of Athlete’s Foot depends on the type and extent of the fungal infection, so it is important to consult our practice before choosing a therapy. Athlete’s Foot can usually be treated with anti-fungal [...]

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Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is an alternative wart treatment that uses a very cold substance (usually liquid nitrogen) to freeze and deaden the tissue. Cryotherapy can be done in a doctor’s office and takes less than a minute. During the procedure, the doctor applies the liquid nitrogen to the wart using a probe [...]

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Extracorporeal Shock Wave

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is used to treat chronic heel pain (plantar fasciitis). “Extracorporeal” means “outside of the body”; During this noninvasive procedure, sonic waves are directed at the area of pain using a device similar to that currently used in nonsurgical treatment of kidney stones. Extracorporeal Shock Wave [...]

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Iontophoresis

Iontophoresis is a procedure used to treat excessive sweating in the hands or feet. The procedure involves one or a series of short, 10- to 20-minute sessions in the doctor’s office during which a light electrical current is passed through water into the feet. The current is gradually increased until [...]

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Physical Therapy

Physical therapy often help decrease the pain and swelling in the painful area of your foot or ankle. Heel spurs, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, bunions, corns and calluses, as well as many post-operative surgical conditions, respond well to physical therapy. Common kinds of physical therapy may include hot packs, massage, paraffin [...]

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Neurolysis

Neurolysis is a therapeutic procedure used to treat neuromas. During this nonsurgical procedure, the affected nerve is chemically destroyed via seven weekly injections of ethanol mixed with a local anesthetic. Because nerve tissue has an affinity for ethanol, it absorbs the substance, which, after repeated exposure, becomes toxic and destroys [...]

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