Your feet are like the foundation of a house
If your foundation begins to crumble, the house begins to deteriorate.
If you think of your body as a total system, foot and ankle pain is like that crumbling foundation—it can impact your mobility, your overall health, and your quality of life.
A podiatrist specializes in diagnosing and treating foot and ankle conditions. The foot doctors at Aurora BayCare can treat a wide range of problems involving the skin, muscles, ligaments, and bones.
A podiatrist treats everything from the common to the complex. Common foot ailments include warts, ingrown toenails, fungus, and bone deformities such as bunions and hammer toes. More complex ailments include bone and joint problems, diabetic foot care, limb salvage, and sports injuries.
At Aurora BayCare, our board certified podiatrist works as part of a collaborative team with our orthopedic surgeons and technicians to offer state-of-the-art care for all your foot and ankle problems. Whatever your concern, our treatment goal is to return you to a pain free, functional life.
Your podiatrist, or foot specialist, provides both surgical and non-surgical treatment for the foot and ankle. Foot care plans may include regular foot screenings, topical or oral medications,orthotics (supports), physical therapy, or surgery. Common conditions include:
- Athlete's foot
- Bunions and hammer toes
- Flat feet
- Heel pain and heel spurs
- Ingrown toenails
- Toenail fungus
- Sports injuries and/or fractures
- Warts, corns, blisters, and calluses
Diabetic Foot Care
For people with diabetes, foot infections are the most common cause of hospitalization. That’s because diabetics often suffer from nerve damage and poor circulation in their feet. This not only increases the likelihood of foot injuries, but it means those injuries often go unnoticed until serious problems develop.
For people with diabetes, foot injuries can take months or even years to heal. Poor circulation hinders the healing process. In some cases, when wounds will not heal, amputation is the solution of last resort.
Our board certified podiatrist can help you avoid complications by providing education and preventative care. If a serious condition does occur, our podiatrist is specially trained in wound care and limb salvage methods.
If you are diabetic, take the time to examine your feet daily.
If you see any injuries or skin conditions, make an appointment to visit a podiatrist immediately for expert diabetic wound care.
Aurora BayCare Orthopedic Minute
Dr. Chad DeNamur talks about comprehensive foot and ankle care for complex conditions