Foot Ailments

Do you have a foot ailment? Please read the descriptions below outlining different ailments Dr Michael A Doughty DPM can help you with as a new patient.

A bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. This forces the toe to bend toward the others, causing a prominent lump of bone that is often painful. A bunion can also occur on the outside of the foot just behind the little toe, where it is called a “bunionette” or a “Tailor’s bunion”.

Corns & Calluses:
Corns and calluses are the most common foot lesions treated by podiatrists. They are a thick layer of skin due to pressure and friction. A corn is thicker and a more focal area and occurs more commonly in toes. A callus is a diffuse thickening of skin more commonly under the ball of the foot.

Onychomycosis (Toenail Fungus):
Onychomycosis is a fungal invasion of the toenails. Symptoms include: thick, discolored nails, debris under the toenail, lifting of the toenail and foul smell.

Ingrown Toenails:
An ingrown toenail is a painful condition of the toe that usually occurs when a corner of the toenail digs into the skin at the end of or side of the toe. Pain and inflammation first occurs at the spot where the nail curls into the skin. It most commonly involves the big toe.

Heel Pain:
One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This is inflammation and pain along the plantar fascia, the tissue band that supports the arch on the bottom of the foot.

The pain is usually on the bottom of the heel at the point where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone. It is sometimes associated with a heal spur.

Tinea Pedis (Athlete’s Foot):
Tinea Pedis is a skin disease caused by a fungus. Symptoms include: dry, red itching scaling tissues, blisters and odor.

A hammertoe is a contracture of bending of the toe at the first joint of the digit that causes the toe to appear like an upside-down V when viewed from the side. It most commonly involves the 2nd through 5th toe.

A wart is a viral growth. It is caused by direct contact if skin is compromised (locker rooms, Swimming pools, Karate classes). It may be painful upon standing and with side-to-side compression. If on the bottom surface of the foot it is called a plantar wart.

Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin being produced, causing the body to improperly use sugar. A simple foot exam can reveal the first signs and symptoms of diabetes. It can also identify more serious complications that could potentially lead to lower-limb amputations. Shoes and inserts can also be provided, most times covered by insurance, to accommodate the diabetic foot.

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