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.
Adult acquired flatfoot
Flat Feet conditions are frequently encountered by our doctors at Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists, which may be painful or non-symptomatic in nature.
A bunion is a common deformity found on the foot in which a bump forms over time and begins to protrude from the forefoot. The “bunion” is actually a deformity of the first metatarsal phalangeal joint, or “Big Toe Joint”. In this case the big toe begins to deviate, and causes the muscles, bones, and joints to become imbalanced. As time goes on this imbalance creates arthritis, and the stereotypical large bump to stick out from the foot.
Foot numbness, also known as Peripheral Neuropathy, is a problem that we see very often as foot and ankle specialists. Numbness may occur in the bottom of the feet, top of the feet, the toes or the legs. There are many causes for numbness in the legs, feet and toes. Foot numbness may be painful, but sometimes may present only as an annoying sensation or absence of sensation. The most common causes of numbness in the legs, feet and toes as well as treatment for numbness in the feet will be described below.
There are many problems that can cause mild to severe foot pain. Early diagnosis is key to effective treatment! Non-specialists are not proficient with diagnosing the underlying causes of foot pain. Therefore, it is extremely important to see a foot and ankle specialist in order to arrive at the proper diagnosis. Your foot and ankle specialists may use a number of different diagnostic modalities in order to diagnose the cause of your foot pain problems. After the cause of your foot pain has been identified, your podiatrist can recommend a treatment plan to get you back on your feet.
Many patients who come to our foot and ankle clinic believing they suffer from ankle arthritis are actually experiencing arthritis in the foot. There are many joints in the foot, all of which can become arthritic. When conservative treatment fails, surgery to replace certain joints of the foot or to fuse the joint can be very successful at relieving pain and restoring patients to function.
A hammertoe is a deformity of the toes of the foot. It commonly affects the second toe, however any of the lesser toes can be involved. The toe may be curled downward instead of pointing straight. It also may bend at the joint and cause this area to stick upwards. These deformities can cause patents pain, especially when they are wearing enclosed shoes.
As Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists, heel pain is the most common condition we see. Heel spur syndrome, also known as Plantar Fasciitis, is a chronic, overuse type injury that occurs in people of all shapes and sizes, of all ages and activity levels. It most commonly develops without an injury and results in significant pain in the heel or arch of the foot which can be debilitating. Fortunately, heel spur syndrome can usually be treated conservatively without the need for surgery.
The tarsal tunnel is an area on the inside of the ankle made up of bone and ligament. The posterior tibial nerve and its branches pass through this anatomic tunnel. Tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs from pressure on the posterior tibial nerve in this area and results in pain, numbness, tingling, and burning in the heel and bottom of the foot. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is often misdiagnosed as plantar fasciitis. It should be suspected when conservative treatment aimed at treating plantar fasciitis fails.
Ingrown toenails are a very common problem that brings a patient to see a podiatrist. Ingrown toenails occur when sides of the nails grow in to the skin surrounding the nail. This pinching and irritation to the skin causes a painful condition that, if left untreated, can cause infection. This infection can lead to a very serious problem especially in people with other medical conditions including diabetes, peripheral vascular disease and compromised immune systems.
Plantar fasciitis pain is literally the most common complaint that we hear as foot and ankle specialists. This is commonly referred to as heel spur syndrome but the heel spur is not what causes the pain. Plantar fasciitis pain results from inflammation of the plantar fascia, the ligament on the bottom of the foot. This usually occurs from overuse and from the plantar fascia being too tight. The symptoms of plantar fasciitis include severe pain in the bottom of the foot or on the heel, which usually gets worse after rest or in the morning. The pain from plantar fasciitis can be debilitating for patients.
Varicose Veins are large, bulbous veins which can appear anywhere in the body but typically show up in the legs and feet. They are extremely common, affecting approximately 18% of men and 42% of women in the US. Varicose veins are the result of Chronic Venous Insufficiency which is due to underlying venous reflux. This means that the blood is circulating down the feet from the heart through the arteries, but it is not returning up the leg through the veins as it should. Historically thought to be only a cosmetic problem, we have recently learned that this condition can lead to health problems. Fortunately, varicose veins can be treated rather simply by the vein doctors at Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC.