Types of Foot and Ankle Conditions Our Podiatrists Treat
The podiatrists at Indiana Podiatry Group have training in all types of foot and ankle care, which allows us to offer a wide range of services and treatments to our patients.
Kids can experience foot pain and injuries just like adults. Foot and ankle problems in kids are quite common, and usually should be properly treated to avoid future potential issues later in life. This section will discuss some common foot and ankle problems kids experience, and how some of these conditions can be treated.
Heel pain is caused by many different conditions. Whether you suffer from plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, or any other heel pain-causing affliction, find information and treatment options here.
Controlling one's blood sugar is perhaps the most important step in preventing foot problems. When blood sugar is normal, the potential for foot complications is significantly lessened. If kept under control, diabetes may not affect the feet and all of the conditions discussed here can potentially be avoided, ensuring a lifetime of healthy feet.
Ankle sprains are common injuries that are often under treated, as they are sometimes assumed to be more minor than they really are. Common during certain sports that require a lot of lateral movement (like basketball and football), or when walking surface conditions are uneven or slippery, the ankle sprain can be a source of significant disability if improperly treated.
Foot and ankle surgeries are common, and performed everyday to treat a wide variety of conditions. The decision for surgery usually comes when non-surgical therapy is not helping sufficiently, and one has either exhausted non-surgical options or one has elected to undergo surgical care. Some conditions do not even have effective non-surgical options, and require surgery for the best chance of recovery. Foot and ankle surgery, like all other types of surgery, can be either simple or complex depending on what needs to be corrected, and is performed to reduce pain and improve function of the foot or ankle.
Ingrown nails are very common, and can develop in anyone at any age. Although the big toe is usually where the symptoms develop, the other toes can sometimes be affected.
Bunions are a complex foot deformity of both bone and soft tissue. It is basically a misalignment of the big toe with the big toe joint. Joint pain in the great toe can develop over time due to its abnormal position as the cartilage can gradually wear down.
Corns and calluses are common foot problems that can often be a source of pain and aggravation, especially when it comes to wearing shoes. Corns and calluses are areas of skin that have become thickened due to pressure. Unfortunately, this natural defense can be a source of pain and discomfort, and there is always potential for skin to degrade underneath the corn or callus, forming a wound (or ulcer).
Athlete's foot (or tinea pedis) is a skin infection caused by fungus. Fungus is an opportunistic organism that grows best in warm, dark, moist environments. All it takes is simple contact with the skin to start an infection. It can be spread amongst family members, and affects all ages and activity levels.