Podiatry and Wound Services
More than 11 million visits were made to physicians' offices in 2003 because of foot, toe and ankle problems, including more than 2 million visits for ankle sprains and strains and more than 800,000 visits for ankle fractures (Source: National Center for Health Statistics; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2003 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.) Consider this:
Walking puts up to 1.5 times your bodyweight on your foot.
Your feet log approx. 1,000 miles per year.
As shock absorbers, feet cushion up to one million pounds of pressure during one hour of strenuous exercise.
Loss of circulation is common for those with diabetes. To avoid serious complications, feet should be checked daily for wounds and redness. Your podiatrist can create individualized foot care regimens to help you minimize any problems.
Imbalance and Orthotics
Personalized orthotics can provide comfort to Individuals with foot pain or discomfort due to imbalance, such as flat feet, excessive pronation, bow legs, knock knees, pigeon-toes, "duck feet" or high-arched feet. Those with arch pain, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, shin splints, calluses, corns, bunions, or hammer, cramping, aching or tired legs, may also see improvement. The support that is provided helps control excessive pronation and helps with mid-foot, heel, ankle, knee, hip, and lower back pain. If you have a neuroma, geriatric, or diabetic foot problem, orthotics can provide you with needed protection and comfort
Our Board Certified foot and ankle specialists provide advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques for the treatment of all facets of podiatric disorders. Our state-of-the-art facility and experienced staff are dedicated to providing a multidisciplinary approach to service all your podiatric medical needs.
ORH Podiatric Physicians that can improve your lifestyle:
Other Foot and Ankle Conditions:
Wound Healing - Wound healing is a dynamic pathway that optimally leads to restoration of tissue integrity and function. A chronic wound results when the normal reparative process is interrupted.
Foot Infections - Foot infections can be difficult problems for physicians to treat due to the biomechanical complexities of the extremity and the underlying circumstances that cause the infections. Typically, they follow a traumatic event or tissue loss with contamination by foreign materials and/or colonization by bacteria.
Ulcer Care - Ulcers form due to a combination of factors, such as lack of feeling in the foot, poor circulation, foot deformities, irritation (such as friction or pressure), and trauma, as well as duration of diabetes.
Skin Growths - There are several skin lesions that are very common and almost always benign (non-cancerous). These conditions include moles, freckles, skin tags, benign lentigines, and seborrheic keratoses.
Painful Corn/Calluses - Calluses and corns are areas of thick, hardened, dead skin. They form to protect the skin and body structure under the skin from pressure, friction, and injury.
Soft Tissue Tumors - There are many types of soft tissue tumors, and not all of them are cancerous. When a tumor is not cancerous, it is called benign. When the term sarcoma appears in the name of a disease, it means the tumor is malignant.
Diabetic Foot Care - When you have diabetes, your feet need extra care and attention. Diabetes damages the nerve endings and blood vessels in your feet, making you less likely to notice when your feet are injured.
Heel/Arch Pain - Do your foot arches feel sore and painful? Arch pain can be attributed to a number of factors, including poor or ill-fitting footwear (such as high heels), foot injuries, plantar fasciitis or – the most likely reason – flat feet or weakening foot arches.
Metatarsalgia - Feeling pain in the ball of your foot? Most likely you have metatarsalgia. A number of different factors can contribute to the development of metatarsalgia, so please contact us for more information.
Digital Disorders - Corns, Calluses and Pain May Indicate Joint Problems Many disorders can affect the joints of the toes, causing pain and preventing the foot from functioning as it should.
Sports Injuries - Sprains are injuries to ligaments, the tough bands connecting bones in a joint. Suddenly stretching ligaments past their limits deforms or tears them.
Bunions - A bunion is a bony bump on the joint at the base of the big toe. As the bump gets bigger, it causes the big toe to turn in toward the second toe. The tissues around the joint may be swollen and tender.
Ingrown Nails - A damaged or improperly trimmed nail can become ingrown, burrowing into the skin at the side of the nail bed. The site can become painful and infected and may not heal until the nail is removed.
Overutilization Syndrome Nerve Entrapments - repeated and long-term nerve compression (usually in nerves near joints that are subject to inflammation or swelling.
Ankle Sprains - Most people have twisted an ankle at some point in their life. But if your ankle gets swollen and painful after you twist it, you have most likely sprained it. This means you have stretched and possibly torn the ligaments in your ankle.
Fractures Ankle/Foot/Toes - The severity of a fracture usually depends on the force that caused the fracture. If the bone's breaking point has been exceeded only slightly, then the bone may crack rather than breaking all the way through.