certified foot and ankle specialist

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Boca Raton - 561-995-0229 | West Boynton Beach - 561-369-2199
West Palm Beach - 561-357-9330 | Palm City - 772-288-3338

Common Foot Problems

Common Foot Problems

  •  Laser treatment for fungal nails
  •  High arched feet
  •  Heel pain and heel injuries
  •  Diseased/ingrown nails
  •  Foot and ankle injuries/infections
  •  Hammertoes and bunions
  •  Adult/Pediatric flat feet
  •  Arthritic feet and ankles
  • Nail cutting
  •  Tendinitis
  • Work and sports injuries
  • Generalized foot and leg pain
  • Lower extremity skin conditions
  • Varicose veins

 

Certified Foot & Ankle Specialists utilizes the most state-of-the-art technology to properly diagnose your foot and ankle condition to ensure the best possible outcome while utilizing the most conservative treatment. The Boca office now offers standing computerized tomography (CT) imaging as part of the company’s comprehensive range of foot and ankle services. The pedCAT machine offers the new standard-of-care to properly diagnose foot and ankle conditions, and Certified Foot is the first and only podiatrist office in South Florida to offer this service.

Standing CT scans provide greater insight on what may be actually causing foot pain because bone and joint alignment in the feet change when a person stands upright versus when they lie down. Certified Foot added this technology to aid its eight podiatric surgeons in providing state-of-the-art care to their patients, allowing the doctors to more fully evaluate bone structure and joint integrity under the patient’s weight-bearing conditions. This greatly enhances the understanding and planned treatment for complex disorders of the foot and ankle, increasing the success rate and overall patient experience.

Regular CT scans combine a series of X-Rays taken from multiple angles to reconstruct a three-dimensional look at the patient’s bones and joints. However, the patient must be lying down for a regular CT study, and this does assist with assessing bone and joint alignment. The pedCAT machine takes a scan in less than 60 seconds and does this with significantly lower radiation doses than seen with traditional CT units.

Standing CT imaging has the potential to change foot and ankle specialists’ understanding of fractures, midfoot complications and other subtle injuries, bunions, flat feet, sprains, arthritis, and diabetes-related complications. The scan takes less than 60 seconds and does this with significantly lower radiation doses than seen with traditional CT units.  

 

Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails:

If you have toenail fungus, you’re not alone. It’s actually a common infection that affects more than 850 million people worldwide. The affected part of the toenail turns a white-yellow or yellow-brown color and that nail may thicken or become misshapen. The good news is that toenail fungus laser treatment is a revolutionary treatment, is fast and effective, and patients can expect to experience minimal pain. .

The treatment consists of just a few treatments, and once the treatments are complete, patients can immediately put on their normal shoes and socks and return to their normal daily activities.

 

High-Arched Foot

Also known as cavus foot, high-arched foot is a condition in which the foot has a very high arch. Because of this high arch, an excessive amount of weight is placed on the ball and heel of the foot when walking or standing. Cavus foot can lead to a variety of signs and symptoms, including pain and instability. This can develop at any age, and can occur in one or both feet.

The good news is that non-surgical treatment might be an options and include orthodic devices, shoe modifications and/or bracing. If non-surgical treatment works, surgery might be needed to decrease pain, increase stability and compensate for weakness in the foot.

 

Heel Pain and Heel Injuries

Heel pain is most often caused by platar fasciitis (inflammation of the band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes), stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation or a cyst. Because there are several causes, our team will work diligently to properly diagnose the source of heel pain and possible treatment options.

Treatment of heel pain begins with conservative methods, which our doctors exhaust before surgical options, and include stretching exercises at home or physical therapy, avoiding going barefoot, applying ice, limiting activities, making shoe modifications with orthotics, and medications. Surgical options are most often not needed in this case, but, regardless of the care options, you will have to maintain a proactive approach to keep your heel pain at bay so you can walk happily.

 

Diseased/Ingrown Nails

Your toenails protect the tissues of your toes and are made up of layers of a hardened protein called keratin, which is also in your hair and skin. The health of your nails offer insight into your overall health. Healthy nails are usually smooth and consistent in color. Specific types of nail discoloration and changes in growth rate can be signs of lung, heart, kidney, and liver diseases, as well as diabetes and anemia.

Nail problems that sometimes require treatment include bacterial and fungal infections, ingrown nails, tumors and warts. The most common nail problem is a fungal infection that creates a yellow discoloration on the nail. The fungus often develops underneath the nail, resulting in it becoming thick, raised and yellow in color.

Ingrown toenails occur when the nail is curved and grows into the skin, usually at the sides of the nail. This digging in of the nail irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness and swelling in the toe. Causes of ingrown toenails vary but include trauma, heredity, improper trimming, wearing socks or shoes that are too tight or short, and fungal infections.

After examining the toe, the doctor might prescribe an oral antibiotic for the infection, and might decide that a minor, in-office surgical procedure is the best solution. After the procedure, a light bandage is applied and most patients experience very little pain and may resume normal activity the following day.

Nail Cutting

If you are having trouble cutting your nails, our team is here to help! Many patients wait too long to cut their nails, cut their nails too short, or use tools that aren’t sterile. Our team can not only trim your toenail for you, but they will be able to give you tips for at-home care.

It is especially important for anyone with diabetes, an ingrown toenail, or minor foot injury to seek help, as these can lead to serious health problems. If you notice any abnormalities, please see your podiatrist so he/she can recommend the best treatment.

 

Foot and Ankle Injuries/Infections

Toe, foot or ankle injuries occur most commonly during sports or recreational activities, work-related taste, or work or projects around the home. It can be from a direct blow, penetrating injury or a fall, or from twisting, jerking, jamming or bending abnormally. Each of your feet has 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments, which leaves a lot of opportunity for problems.

Foot and ankle infections are painful disorders that can stem from basic foot and ankle injuries, and are generally characterized by swelling and tenderness. These wounds, or injuries to the foot, include abrasions, skin cracks, cuts, puncture wounds, foreign objects in the skin and ingrown nails. Most infections can be treated through antibiotics, but it’s important to see your podiatrist so the infection doesn’t turn into a serious issue.

 

Bunions/Hammertoes

Even though bunions are a common foot deformity, many people suffer unnecessarily before seeking treatment. A bunion is most often described as a bump on the side of the big toe, but it actually reflects changes in the bony framework of the front part of the foot, throwing the bones out of alignment.

Symptoms include pain or soreness, inflammation and redness, a burning sensation and possible numbness. These occur most often when wearing shoes that crowd the toes, as well as spending long periods of time on your feet.

Non-surgical treatment includes changes in footwear, padding over the bunion area, modifications in activity, medications, icing, injection therapy and orthotic devices. If non-surgical treatments fail to provide relief, a variety of procedures are available that are designed to remove the bump of bone as well as correct the changes in the foot’s bony structure.

Hammertoes (on the other…foot) is a contracture or bending deformity of one or both joints of the little toes. This non-natural bending puts pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, which causes problems to develop. The most common cause is from a muscle or tendon imbalance, and symptoms include pain or irritation of the affected toe, corns or calluses on the toe, inflammation or a burning sensation, or more.

Non-surgical treatment includes padding of corns and calluses, changes in footwear (including orthotics) and medications. Often times, patients with hammertoes have bunions corrected at the same time. Your podiatrist will provide the best surgical option based on the extent of deformity, number of toes involved, age, and activity levels.

 

Adult/Pediatric Flatfoot

Flatfoot is common in both children and adults. When this deformity occurs in children, it is referred to as “pediatric flatfoot,” but while there are differences between the various forms of flatfoot, they all share one characteristic: partial or total collapse of the arch.

Pediatric flatfoot is a childhood condition that, if left untreated, can result in permanent deformity in adulthood. Flatfoot deformity makes mobility and exercise painful, increasing the risk of reduced cardiovascular health and obesity. Not all children have symptoms, but others will complain of pain, tenderness or cramping in the foot, leg and knee. Parents may notice an outward tilting of the heel, awkwardness or clumsiness in walking and difficulty with shoes.

If symptoms continue into adulthood, non-surgical treatments include activity modifications, orthotic devices, immobilization, weight loss, physical therapy, and more. If surgery is needed, there are several options available and your podiatrist will suggest the one that best suits your needs.

 

Arthritic Feet/Ankles

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints, which can cause pain and stiffness in any joint in the body, especially the smaller joints of the foot and ankle. There are more than 100 forms of arthritis and, although there is no cure, there are many treatment options available to slow the progress of the disease and relieve symptoms.

The major types of arthritis that affect the foot and ankle are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and posttraumatic arthritis. Depending on which joint is affected, the symptoms include pain with motion, pain associated with vigorous activity, tenderness when pressure is applied to the joint, joint swelling, increase pain after sitting or resting, and difficulty in walking. Generally, the pain develops over time, but sudden onset is also possible.

Non-surgical treatments include physical therapy, assistive devices, lifestyle modifications, and medications, and surgical treatments include arthroscopic debridement, arthrodesis or total ankle replacement. With proper treatment from your podiatrist, patients are able to manage their pain, remain active, and enjoy a heightened lifestyle.

 

Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that runs down the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone and facilitates walking by helping to raise the heel off the ground. Two common disorders are Achilles tendonitis and tendonosis.

Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendon and typically short-lived. Over time, if not resolved, the condition may progress to a degeneration of the tendon (tendonosis), in which the tendon loses its organized structure and is likely to develop little tears. Both are generally caused by a sudden increase of a repetitive activity that puts too much stress on the tendon too quickly, leading to tiny injuries of the tendon fibers. Because the stress is ongoing, the body does not have time to repair the tendon, which leaves the structure altered.

Symptoms include pain and tenderness at or around the tendon area, and non-surgical treatment includes immobilization, ice, medication, orthotics, night splints or physical therapy.

 

Work/Sports Injuries

Injuries to the foot and ankle can be acute (sudden onset) or chronic, which come on gradually often through overuse. Injuries can happen while you’re playing various sports, or even at work, and should be treated immediately to avoid further problems. Such injuries can include heel pain, including plantar fasciitis and bruised heel pain; midfoot pain, which is pain where the small tarsal bones are located; or forefoot pain, originating from the long metatarsal bones in the foot down toward the toes as well as the ball of the foot. Patients might even suffer from skin conditions like athlete’s foot, blisters, corns, calluses and verruca, or toe injuries like an ingrown toenail, fractured or broken toe, dislocated toe and more.

Immediate first aid for foot injuries include the PRICE principle: protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation, which should be applied as early as possible and continued for at least the first 24-7 hours. If the pain still persists, and you have severe pain when walking, swelling, or have loss of mobility during the first few days, it’s time to see your podiatrist.

 

Generalized Foot and Leg Pain

Foot and leg pain can be either constant or intermittent, develop suddenly or over time, and affect your entire leg or just a localized area. The pain might be stabbing, sharp or tingling, and while some pain is simply annoying, it all deserves attention.

Most leg pain results from overuse, injuries, wear and tear, and can be caused by blood clots, varicose veins or poor circulation. Some common causes include achilles tendonitis, osteoarthritis, gout, and more.

To relieve mild pain and swelling, at-home remedies include elevating your leg, applying an ice pack and taking over-the-counter pain relievers. If you still have pain while walking, have swelling and/or signs of an infection, or the pain continues to get worse, make an appointment with your podiatrist.

 

Lower Extremity Skin Conditions

The skin is very important as it offers great insight to what’s going on in the body. Some patients seek care just because they have tightness, tingling, itchiness or burning on the skin around their foot and ankle. Our team is well equipped to diagnose and treat both acute and chronic skin conditions of the foot and lower extremity with a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options for conditions including allergies, athlete’s foot, calluses, eczema, fungus, heel fissures, psoriasis, ulcers, warts and more.

There are three types of skin in the foot and ankle region, including plantar skin, dorsal skin and the skin overlying the shin. Overall, the feet are not subject to typical factors that affect the rest of the skin on your body, including long, hot showers, dry air, detergents and solvents. However, they are more subject to chafing and rubbing due to walking.

Most importantly, a podiatrist’s extensive knowledge and clinical training is extremely helpful for patients for the early detection of both benign and malignant skin tumors and carcinoma and melanoma cancers. If you notice a mole, bump or patch on the skin that is asymmetrical, the borders look uneven or ragged, there is more than one color, and has a diameter greater than a pencil eraser, see your podiatrist immediately.

 

If you suffer from varicose veins (venous insufficiency), this can now be treated in the comfort of our office. Varicose veins are usually due to improperly functioning valves within the veins, making the veins look prominent or raised. This condition can cause swelling of the legs, ankles and feel. The good news is that it’s an extremely common condition and the treatment options are very effective in reducing pain, swelling, unsightly varicose or spider veins, tired or heavy feeling legs, redness and discoloration, venous wounds, blisters and dermatitis around the lower legs and ankles. Patients who have this condition can now be treated by our in-office interventional radiologist who is a leader in vein treatment.

 

All of us at Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists are excited about the New Year. We now have Podiatrists in Boca Raton,  Ft Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach and Palm City. All of our South Florida Podiatrists are residency trained foot and ankle surgeons, foot and ankle specialists treating all conditions of the foot ankle and lower leg. Now covering Broward County, Palm Beach County and Martin County, we have early morning  and late evening week day appointments and weekend appointments available as well. We want to make our services convenient for everyone with foot and ankle pain. Whether you have an ankle sprain, broken ankle, foot fracture, bunion, hammertoe, heel pain, peripheral neuropathy, ingrown nail, flat feet, wart, diabetic foot wound, or toenail fungus, our foot and ankle specialists treat all these conditions and more. Same day appointments are available to see a podiatrist in boca raton, ft Lauderdale, coral springs, coconut creek, Boynton beach, west palm beach, or palm city.

PRP and Stem Cells for Foot and Ankle Conditions

We are proud to announce the arrival of a state of the art new treatment option to help repair chronic painful foot and ankle conditions such as:

Wounds, fractures, injuries, tendon pain, ankle pain, foot pain, heel spurs, arthritis

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cells can be used to help accelerate your own body’s healing potential and is a safe and effective alternative to surgery.

This treatment is available now.

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We are proud to announce the arrival of a state of the art new treatment option to help repair chronic painful foot and ankle conditions such as:

Wounds, fractures, injuries, tendon pain, ankle pain, foot pain, heel spurs, arthritis

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cells can be used to help accelerate your own body’s healing potential and is a safe and effective alternative to surgery.

This treatment is available now.

Selecting a specialist doctor is much like choosing any other health care professional. If you have been having issues with your feet, a bunion is not an uncommon reason to seek medical help then you may want to know how to go about selecting a podiatrist. If you have never been to a specialist to have your plantar wart checked out, you must take a little bit of time and carefully consider your options. It is important to see a specialist who will deliver the kind of care you need. First, consider caregivers who are members of the American Podiatric Medical Association, or of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

 

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There are many other ways to determine which professional podiatrist is right for your needs; you may request a reference from your long time family physician. Your family doctor will be able to help you find a professional foot care provider who is experienced with your specific issues. Another option is to request referrals from friends or family who have visited a podiatrist in the past and have had a particularly good experience.

 

 

If you find a podiatrist that looks particularly helpful, do not be hesitant to call their office and ask a few questions before making an appointment. Sometimes an office will give you the phone numbers to their own references, people who are or have been patients there. You will want to find out as much as possible about the podiatry office you are thinking about visiting. Nurses are another source of good referrals. Although, you may not think of it when you begin your search, nurses work closely with a number of doctors and so can offer helpful insight to your particular needs. Nurses will be a good source of information as to a doctor’s professionalism, experience and general bedside manner and behavior.

 

Make an appointment with a podiatrist, and during your first visit make sure that you feel completely comfortable in their care. Ask questions about the doctor’s availability, and make sure he or she seems to have your best interests at heart. If you are going to put your feet in the care of someone else, it is best to feel assured that that person is going to care for them as best they can.

 

You will want to feel you can trust the podiatrist you choose, this person must be able to take care of any of your problems, and that means diagnosing them properly. If you do not feel good about a doctor during that first visit, chances are you would not feel comfortable on any other visits with that doctor, either. Trust your instincts in addition to doing your homework. The proper amount of research will help you feel that you are getting the best care; your feet are worth the trouble. Do not merely sort through the yellow pages in search of the biggest, boldest name; you and your feet are likely to regret it.