Given the amount of importance placed on our feet, podiatrists are in an extremely valued position. Podiatrists are doctors who diagnose and treat many foot and lower leg disorders, diseases, and injuries. Here are three reasons why you might make an appointment with a podiatrist:
There are only 26 bones in feet, and 14 of them are in the toes. Toe damage can easily be caused by sports, running, or wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. Hammertoe begins as a mild deformity in which one or more of the toe joints bends irregularly. The condition will continue to worsen unless medical intervention is taken. It’s best to treat hammertoe as early as possible to prevent permanent damage to the bone.
Though this condition is more common in women and likely genetic, any individual can develop a bunion. Affecting 5.2 million people in the United States, bunions can be exacerbated by abnormal bones or narrow-toed shoes. Bunions appear as a bony bump along the inside edge of the big toe, which is turned toward the other toes. Early prevention is best, but a wide variety of surgical techniques are available to treat this condition.
Athlete’s foot and toenail fungus are two common fungal ailments that affect the feet. Yellowing toes or dry, flaky skin can be symptoms of a fungal infection, which is incredibly contagious. Fungus is easily transferred to feet and exists in wet environments like showers, pools, and spas. Take care to keep your feet dry and protected, and see a podiatrist as soon as you suspect a problem.
For more information on the treatment of hammertoes, bunions and fungal infections, contact the Family Foot Center. For over 23 years Dr. Stanley Zawada and the rest of the Family Foot Center staff have provided expert care, diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders for children, adults and seniors in the New York City area. Visit us online or call us at (718) 767-5555 to learn more about our services or to make an appointment.
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