What Does a Podiatrist Treat?
Our expert podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists can help diagnose and treat abnormal conditions of your feet and lower limbs. For more call us today or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Elgin IL, Schaumburg IL, Huntley IL, and Chicago IL.
What Do You See A Podiatrist For?
Since our feet play such an important role in our overall health and well-being, it can have quite an impact when something goes wrong with them. We all take for granted the ability to walk easily and painlessly, until we can’t. This is where the podiatrist comes in – a medical professional trained in many conditions that affect foot health, which include:
- Arthritis – the foot has 33 joints, all of which have the potential to develop arthritis.
- Gout – a form of inflammatory arthritis caused by a build-up of uric acid.
Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease
- Charcot foot – a rare but serious condition that affects people with peripheral neuropathy, especially those with diabetes. It attacks the bones, joints and soft tissues of the foot resulting in the foot becoming weakened.
- Diabetes – podiatrists are specifically trained to identify and treat nerve damage and other specific foot health risks linked to diabetes.
- Diabetic wound care – commonly located on the bottom of the foot, a diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that occurs in some patients with diabetes.
- Peripheral neuropathy – damage of the nerves in the toes and fingertips, most commonly seen as a complication of diabetes.
Foot & Ankle Injuries
- Bursitis – an inflammation and swelling of the fluid-filled sacs which help to cushion the joints.
- Puncture wounds – or other traumatic injuries to the foot.
- Sprains, strains, and fractures – anything from a sprain to a break in one of the bones of the foot.
Muscle & Tendon Problems
- Haglund’s deformity – a bony enlargement, or bump, on the back of the heel bone.
- Heel pain – the heel bone is the largest of the 26 bones in the foot and can be subject to injury, just like any other bone.
- Achilles tendinitis – an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, is one of the most common causes of foot or ankle pain.
- Plantar fasciitis – an inflammation of the plantar fascia.
- Athlete’s foot – a fungal skin disease that develops in warm, dark and moist environments – such as shoes.
- Corns and calluses – thickened skin that develop to protect an area from irritation.
- Plantar warts – painful, soft tissue growths, caused by the HPV virus.
Toe Joint & Nerve Disorders
- Bunions – enlargements of the joint at the base of the big toe.
- Hammertoe – caused when the toe bends at the first joint.
- Neuroma – also referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor, is a benign growth usually found between the third and fourth toes.
- Ingrown toenails – the most common nail problem which is caused when the corners or edges of the nail dig into the adjacent soft tissue.
- Toenail fungus – a fungal infection beneath the surface of the nail.
What Happens When You Go To A Podiatrist?
If you have never been to a podiatrist before you’ll need to prepare a little before your visit. Make a note of your symptoms and any questions or concerns you would like addressed, as well as making a list of medications you are currently taking and details of any previous surgeries.
During your visit you will go over your list of questions with the podiatrist who will diagnose the problem and formulate a treatment plan with you. Let them know of your symptoms and any recent changes you may have noticed, and if you are being treated by any other doctors.
What Services Do You Provide at Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists?
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, we are pleased to be able to offer a wide range of services to our patients to, literally, help them get back on their feet. We provide treatment for:
- Bunions, Corns and Calluses
- Heel pain
- Toenail fungus
- Ingrown toenails
- Diabetic Wound Care
- Foot Neuromas
- Heel Spurs
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Stress fractures
- Foot and Ankle Sprain
- Foot and Ankle Pain
- Athlete’s Foot
- Torn Ligaments
- High Foot Arches
- Plantar warts
Together with the following services:
- Custom Orthotics
- Custom Ankle and Foot Braces
- Foot Surgery
- Arthroscopic Surgery
- Ankle Joint Replacement
- Sports Medicine
If you would like to know more about the services we offer, contact us today! We are open 6 days a week! Book an appointment online or call us today. We have convenient locations in Elgin IL, Schaumburg IL, Huntley IL, and Chicago IL.