Don’t Let Foot and Ankle Pain Slow You Down; Let an Expert Treat You to Healthy Feet
At Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associates we can banish the pain and help you get back to your daily life. Serving the tri-state Philadelphia areasince 1987.
An estimated 25,000 people experience an ankle sprain each day, making this injury one of the most common. Anyone of any age can sprain an ankle, whether playing sports or just walking on an uneven surface. Because a sprain can be more serious than you first think, you need a doctor to diagnose this injury.
One complication of diabetes is a tendency to foot problems. Diabetics can be afflicted with diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease, two serious conditions. Also, when a diabetic acquires one of the more common foot problems like athlete’s foot or bunions, they are more likely to become infected and/or lead to serious complications.
Vitamin D deficiency is a condition that affects 50-75% of Americans. When the body lack the vital effects of vitamin D, it can take a serious toll on the bones, the skin, and the stability of internal organs. The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency vary greatly among those who suffer from it. Many Americans do not realize that they are lack the necessary dose of vitamin D which can result in injury or chronic ailments not just in the feet but throughout the entire body.
Also called “tinea pedis”, athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that commonly appears between the toes and sometimes on other parts of the feet. It causes an itching, stinging sensation and is contagious. See a doctor if your condition doesn’t improve or gets worse.
The condition known as flat feet, sometimes also called “fallen arches”, is a common problem. Although usually painless, this condition can cause problems with your knees and ankles. If your flat feet are causing you pain, you should have this condition checked out.
When a hook of bone forms on the heel bone, it is called a heel spur. This condition is sometimes linked with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue in the arch of the foot. Heel spurs can be painful, but there are many successful treatments.
Warts can come in all different shapes and sizes, especially on the foot and toes. Warts are very hard to treat, but a proper medical diagnosis and consistent treatment can help you get rid of this painful, ugly virus.
If you suffer from bunions, you know how painful they can become. These bony enlargements, usually occurring at the base of the big toe, can cause the big toe to turn inward towards the other toes. Whether caused by genetics, arthritis or years of ill-fitting shoes, bunions can be treated successfully.
Gout is a painful form of arthritis that can be found in joints throughout the entire body. Gout is commonly found in the foot and can create terrible discomfort for the toes. If you think you are experience gout or any other type of arthritis in your foot, ankle, or leg, contacting a podiatrist is the most important decision you can make to fix your joint pain.
Caused by pressure or rubbing on the skin, corns are usually formed when shoes fit improperly. While very annoying, corns can be treated very successfully. Seeing a podiatrist should be the first step to relief.
When the toe is permanently bent in a claw-like position, it is called hammertoe. Usually appearing in the second toe, hammertoe is often caused by ill-fitting shoes. This condition can and should be treated by a podiatrist as early on as possible to avoid surgery.
Scleroderma is the hardening and inflammation of many organs in the body. In most cases of scleroderma, the indications of the disease are seen on the skin; with symmetrical skin-thickening, discoloration, and/or lesions.
Pressure Wave Therapy is an effective pain management method for treating chronic pain found throughout the whole body. At Healthmark we use this therapy primarily in the foot, ankle, and leg, but understand the benefits and applications for the entire body. This a noninvasive remedy that uses sound waves to promote solutions for habitual and unexpected pain.
Platelet-Rich Plasma is an increasingly popular treatment used at Healthmark Foot and Ankle for healing and recovery from injury.