Common Problems

How your feet feel can be a reflection of your general health. If you have pain or swelling, it may be the symptom of a more serious condition. That’s why it is so important to look for warning signs. Take time to read each of these Common Foot Problems:
Several plantar warts might not exactly require any treatment method. Patients can help to eliminate their own risk of plantar warts by keeping their feet neat and dry, steering clear of going for walks without footwear in public areas rather than sharing nail files or trimmers with others.
Corns & Calluses

Corns and calluses are thickened layers of skin that develop over the feet because of the skin shielding by itself from friction and pressure. These growths usually come in those that wear shoes that can be too tight or who don’t wear socks. Individuals with bunions or hammertoes might be at an increased risk of developing these disorders.

Corns and calluses don’t trigger critical medical problems, but they are likely to be hurtful, particularly taking walks. Many people will also be bothered by the physical appearance of these growths, as they quite simply appear as a hard, lifted bump or a heavy, rough section of skin. Corns are small compared to calluses and have a hard center. They might be unpleasant or tender when pushed. Calluses are bigger and produce at the base of the feet, generally within the heel or front foot. Whilst not generally agonizing, they could be of cosmetic concern and really should be assessed making sure that no problems happen.

Patients ought to see their doctor right after uncovering a corn or callous to find out regardless of whether it must end up being removed. Patients along with diabetes might be at a greater risk of acquiring problems from these conditions and should seek out speedy therapy. Treatment for corns and calluses might include:

  • Trimming the excess skin
  • Salicylic acid
  • Antibiotics
  • Shoe inserts
  • Surgery

Surgical treatment is reserved for only the most unfortunate cases, and consists of solving the position of the bone that is resulting in the problem. Oftentimes, abnormal growths can be treated by wearing shoes that are suited accordingly and utilize protective pads.

Ingrown Toenails

Wearing shoes that are too tight, not trimming your nails properly and even genetics can result in ingrown toenails (onychocryptosis)—nails that grow into the skin of your toe. Ingrown toenails commonly occur on the big toe, but can also affect other toes.

The side effects of ingrown toenails can range from mild discomfort to redness, pain, itching, swelling and infections. Failure to see a podiatrist to treat this problem can lead to more serious issues. Although there are home remedies to treat ingrown toenails, if they are a chronic problem for you or you experience severe reactions, you should visit your podiatrist immediately.

At Affordable Foot and Leg, we will be able to remove the ingrown toenail and prevent future incidents from occurring. We will also be able to treat any infections with topical cream or oral medication. Regular treatment might be necessary, as ingrown toenails can be a recurring problem. Severe cases of ingrown toenails may require minor surgery.

To prevent ingrown toenails, we recommend that you trim your toenails regularly and correctly. Be careful not to tear the edges of your nails and avoid shoes that squeeze your toes.

Diabetic Foot Problems

People who have diabetes are near heavy risk for acquiring problems with their feet. Over fifty percent of diabetics lose feeling within their feet as a result of nerve or blood vessel injury, and will hurt on their own without knowing it. Things that are more frustrating, diabetes slows curing and weakens the immunity mechanism, just what may seem like the insignificant injury can quickly be a large problem. Perhaps the smallest of the foot and ankle injuries such as blister or in-grown toenail may result in infection and tissue death.

By far the most intense issues in the diabetic foot is Charcot foot, a disability that advances when individuals fracture bones in their feet without recognizing it and then still walk on the injury because they don’t feel any pain.

It is important with regard to people having diabetic issues to obtain their feet examined at least one time each year for you to discover any problems as soon as possible also to assess the overall health of the feet. Diabetics can help to eliminate their risk of foot abnormalities through dealing with blood sugar levels, working out regularly and also wearing properly fitting footwear.

If you or a loved one has diabetes, make sure to examine your feet everyday and see your doctor consistently to ensure that you along with your feet continue being healthy.

Warts

Plantar warts are non-cancerous growths that acquire on the soles of the feet resulting from the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV enters one’s body through little breaks in the skin, which generally exist below pressure points in the feet on the heels or balls.

Plenty of subjects acquire warts soon after going for a walk without shoes in a public spot, as the HPV virus will thrive in nice, moist surroundings. These warts display on the skin as a small, hard bump, which can be gray or brownish with well-defined boundaries. In certain clients, they’ll distress or ache when taking walks.

While plantar warts are not usually a serious condition, many patients experience pain or embarrassment regarding this condition. It is important for patients to seek medical attention if their wart changes color or appearance, grows in size or if the patient has diabetes or a circulatory disorder, as they are prone to infection and should not attempt home care.

Plantar warts can be removed through many different noninvasive measures, including cryotherapy (freezing), laser light surgery, cantharidin, immunotherapy and medication injections. Dr. Stam will choose which treatment method option is good for you depending on your own personal circumstance.

Heel Pain

Discomfort in the heel may possibly occur due to plantar fasciitis, that involves stretches for the plantar fascia ligament over and above its boundaries. Individuals with plantar fasciitis usually experience pain in the heel, arch or back of the leg, which can be usually a whole lot worse whenever getting up after being seated for quite a while. Many people with plantar fasciitis also create bone spurs, calcium growths at the base of the heel the location where the plantar fascia pulls around the heel bone. Heel spurs are usually due to excessively use, heel spurs, stress fractures or tarsal tunnel affliction.

There are a few treatment methods designed for chronic heel pain, including rest, ice, anti-inflammatory treatment and working out. Most patients are able to do successful pain alleviation by using these treatment options within just two months, although the condition could become chronic for some.

Supplementary treatment options, which include cortisone injections, arch assistance, and also orthotic inserts, might be suggested in conjunction with conservative strategies. Many patients enjoy extracorporeal shockwave therapies, a non-invasive operation that utilizes low energy shock wave treatments to be able to activate the recovery process. Dr. Stam determines which kind of treatment methods is most effective for each patient’s particular person predicament.

Nerve Pain

Nerve pain may very well be present in the foot as a result of harm or malfunction within the exact nerve or from force within the nerve resulting from a second affliction. A number of foot illnesses, not to mention hammertoes, bunions, corns, tumors and tarsal tunnel malady, may possibly spot demands on close by nerves and also, in consequence, cause discomfort, feeling numb, tingling and weakness from the affected area. Individuals can experience issues going for walks and often discover their daily lives are much tormented by this soreness.

In an effort to identify the explanation for nerve discomfort, Dr. Stam will probably execute a compilation of diagnostic tests to eliminate definite disorders and target the origin of discomfort. While muscle pain is likely to create from stressful problem, nerve discomfort may begin with out a causing event.

Treatment for nerve pain often involves correction from the under predicament, that may entail anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections, electrical stimulation or medical procedures for serious disorders.

Most subjects take advantage of a variety of remedies in order to achieve effective pain relief. Dr. Stam will develop a customized treatment approach for each patient based on his or her individual needs.

Ulceration/Wound Care

The wound may be a break in the skin or tissues that might be owing to an accident, pain, surgery, disease or a number of other factors, and often consists of bleeding, redness, swelling, ache, tenderness along with other symptoms.

Foot injuries and ulcerations are typical problems, especially in patients with diabetic issues, who often get rid of sensation in their feet and might severely injure themselves without even realizing it.

Ulcers and pains may well build at the base of the foot to produce unsavory circulation, lack of feeling in the feet, discomfort or stress. Whenever they turn out to be infected, these lesions can result in other significant difficulties, including amputation.

Lots of subjects having these illnesses deal with difficulty with the process of recovery for these bothersome pains and want pro care to slow up the risk of infection and promote proper healing.

Once a wound continues to be detected, it should be taken care of immediately to avoid issues from developing. Effective wound cure focuses on reducing stress in the area and getting rid of dead skin cells and tissue through a process-designated debridement. The wound is then treated and also dressed to prevent empoisonnement and promote recovery.

For more severe wounds, patients are usually necessary to use special footwear or a brace to help remedy burden and irritation to the wound.

Surgery is usually necessary in the form of skin grafts to supply medical and cosmetic medication. To prevent wounds from developing, patients should avoid walking barefoot and keep blood glucose levels under control.

Fractures

Dr. Stam is a prescriber of EXOGEN, the only FDA -approved bone healing device that uses safe, effective ultrasound waves to stimulate the body’s natural healing process.

About EXOGEN

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Vascular Disease

What is vascular screening?

Your cardiovascular (or vascular) system is made up of arteries and smaller vessels, and it works to transport blood and oxygen around your body. Vascular screening tests for any buildup of fatty deposits in your vascular system, which can lead to serious illnesses or even death.

Who is at risk?
Your chances of vascular disease are much higher if any of the following apply to you:

  • A close family member died of heart attack/stroke before age of 65
  • Smokers are 3 times more likely to have a heart attack
  • Long-term high cholesterol levels
  • Obesity
  • Dibetes
  • Previous cardiac event

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We offer vascular testing at our office. Please call 954-840-8680 for an appointment.