Bunion and Hammertoes
A bunion is a bony lump at the big toe joint on inside of your foot. They are often inherited but made worse by tight shoes and are at risk of getting worse if left untreated. Bunions can cause hard, red, swollen skin over the lump, pain along the bottom or side of your foot, and can even cause your big toe to lean toward your other toes. Treatments include orthotics, callous trimming, steroid injections– and, worst case –surgery.
A hammertoe is a deformity that causes a toe to bend or curl downward rather than pointing forward. This deformity can be present at birth but usually develops over time due to arthritis, a traumatic toe injury, wearing poor fitting shoes, pressure from a bunion, very high arches, or tightened tendons or ligaments. Mild hammertoes can be treated with orthotics or toe pads, while severe hammertoes are treated with surgery.
Complications of Diabetes
Over time, diabetes may cause nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy) that can cause tingling and pain, and even make you lose feeling in your feet. This can lead to unnoticed cuts and bruises that breed infection, blisters, and gangrene. Foot ulcers can also be caused by diabetes. With proper care and treatment, Dr. Harry can help you with foot complications from diabetes.
Foot and Ankle Pain
Experiencing foot or ankle pain? The cause could be any number of reasons, but the most common causes of pain are treatable and include:
- Sprained ankle– a tear in the ankle ligaments
- Stress fractures– tiny fractures in the bones of the foot due to overuse
- Plantar fasciitis– pain in the heel and arch due to inflamed plantar fascia
- Arthritis– inflammation of the joints
- Flat feet– fallen arches that can cause pain and difficulty walking
- Gout– a form of inflammatory arthritis that causes severe pain flare ups
- Dry or cracked heels
- Aging feet
If you’re not sure what’s causing your foot or ankle pain, the best course of action is to come in for a consultation. We will work together to determine what treatment is needed.
Foot pain is never normal. If your feet hurt, see your BFF podiatrist.
Fungal infections, ingrown nails, injuries, and other conditions can leave toenails damaged, thick, or darkened. We can cosmetically restore damaged toenails using the application of a special gel paired with UV light to harden the gel. A newly constructed toenail can be treated exactly as a natural nail.
Dr. Harry can treat the following skin conditions:
- Corns and Calluses– areas of thick skin that result from excessive pressure or friction over bone. A corn occurs on the top of the foot, toes, or heels, and a callus occurs on the bottom of the foot.
- Plantar Warts– common flat ingrown warts that are caused by viral infection of the skin. They are contagious with the ability to spread to other parts of your body and other people you come into contact with.
- Athlete’s Foot– common and contagious fungal infection that often affects the bottom of the foot or toes and can cause itchy white patches of skin, red sores, and skin that can crack and bleed.
While it’s important to stay active to stay healthy, sports injuries that affect feet or ankles can leave you incapable of maintaining an active lifestyle. Best Foot Forward Podiatric Specialists treat each sports injury individually and always recommends specific healing strategies. The common sports injuries we treat include:
- Sprains, breaks, and fractures
- Heel and foot pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Foot fungus
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Ingrown toenails