Treatment For Foot And Ankle Diseases

Podiatry Inc.

Foot and ankle diseases and infections can cause pain, affect your ability to perform simple everyday tasks and impact your quality of life. Although many conditions are easy to treat when properly diagnosed, more serious foot and ankle diseases can worsen and cause long-term damage when left untreated. At Podiatry Inc., our board-certified podiatrists are experienced in diagnosing and treating all types of infections of the foot, ankle and leg.

Common Foot And Ankle Diseases

  • Athlete’s Foot Also known as tinea pedis, this ailment is a fungal infection of the skin that thrives in damp, warm conditions. Symptoms of athlete’s foot include dry, itchy, cracked skin on the bottom of the foot and between the toes, blisters and a burning sensation. Prescription-strength antifungal medications can help clear up athlete’s foot fairly quickly. Wearing sandals in damp public areas, wearing breathable footwear and washing feet daily can help prevent athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.
  • Toenail Fungus — Fungal toenail infections can be caused by various fungi and are more common in older adults. Risk factors for fungal toenail infections include injured or cracked nails, sweaty feet, diabetes, a suppressed immune system and walking barefoot in damp areas such as pools, gyms and communal showers. Symptoms of toenail fungus include thickening, yellowing and crumbling of the nail, as well as spots or streaks on the nail and even nail loss. A severe case of toenail fungus can cause permanent damage, so make an appointment with a podiatrist if you experience signs or symptoms. Toenail infections can also be caused by yeast and mold.
  • Ingrown Toenails — doctor examining man’s footThis common condition develops when the skin on the side of the toenail grows over the edges of the nail or when the edge of the nail grows into the skin. Ingrown toenails can be quite painful and can become infected if left untreated. Symptoms of ingrown toenail include redness, soreness and swelling around the toenail. If you notice any pus or drainage surrounding the toenail, it’s vital to seek proper treatment right away. An infected ingrown toenail may require surgery.
  • Psoriasis — This common chronic skin condition is caused by the buildup of skin cells on the top of the skin, which can lead to inflammation and thick white, silvery or red patches of skin and itching, burning and soreness. The underlying cause of psoriasis is unknown but may be linked to immune system imbalances. Psoriasis may be treated with topical creams, oral medications, injections and light therapy.
  • Diabetic Ulcers Due to the peripheral neuropathy (lack of sensation in the feet) that accompanies diabetes, diabetic patients can develop ulcers on the feet. Diabetic foot ulcers can start with a small callus or blister that goes undetected due to lack of sensation. The best way to prevent diabetic ulcers is to keep your blood sugar under control and check your feet daily for any cuts, scrapes, blisters or injuries. Our podiatrists are well-versed in diabetic foot care and treatment and use state-of-the-art technology to create orthotics that can help prevent diabetic ulcers from forming.

Contact Us To Learn More About Treatment For Foot And Ankle Diseases

If you are struggling with a foot or ankle disease or infection, our experienced team of doctors at Podiatry Inc. can help. Your health and comfort are important to us, and we strive to provide top-notch care by using the latest laser technology for fungus treatment, 3-D imaging, digital X-ray and more.

Contact us at 216-245-1290 for our Beachwood, Mayfield Village and Mentor offices and 330-630-9030 in Tallmadge. We look forward to serving your needs.

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