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Podiatry Care at Saint Joseph East

Podiatry conditions can range anywhere from a small ankle sprain to foot surgery. Even common issues such as arthritis or bunions can lead to much more serious chronic pain or difficulty if not treated with the proper care. Our staff at Saint Joseph East prioritizes specialty care for each patient and tailors treatment plans to each specific podiatry case. Whether you’re seeking preventative care or immediate treatment, timely solutions from a podiatrist can vastly improve your quality of life.

How Can a Podiatrist Help You?

While most patients might assume podiatry care is only needed with a serious issue, we recommend scheduling preventative maintenance for more common issues such as plantar warts or even athlete's foot. If you’re experiencing any issue that affects your feet or ankles, serious or not, schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists to help get you the proper treatment you need. This can make all the difference in the long run.

Podiatry Services

  • Foot and Ankle Surgery: This type of treatment involves surgical procedures performed on the foot and ankle to correct various conditions such as fractures, deformities, tendon injuries, and joint problems. The specific procedure depends on the patient's condition and may include techniques like arthroscopy, fusion, joint replacement, or soft tissue repair.
  • Lower Extremity Sports Medicine: Lower extremity sports medicine focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports-related injuries in the foot, ankle and leg. It involves a combination of non-surgical and surgical techniques tailored to each athlete's specific needs, which may include physical therapy, bracing, orthotics, medication, minimally invasive procedures, or, in severe cases, surgery.

  • Lower Extremity Wound Care: This treatment aims to promote healing and prevent complications in wounds or ulcers on the lower extremities, such as diabetic foot ulcers or pressure sores. It typically involves a comprehensive approach, including wound debridement, infection control, offloading techniques, specialized dressings, vascular assessment and the management of underlying conditions like diabetes or poor circulation.

  • Physical Therapy: Physical therapy for foot and ankle conditions involves a range of exercises, stretches and techniques to improve strength, flexibility, range of motion and overall function. It may include modalities like heat or cold therapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, as well as manual therapy techniques performed by a physical therapist to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and enhance recovery.

Common Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis: Inflammation of one or more joints causing pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility.
  • Bunions: A bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe, causing the big toe to deviate towards the other toes.

  • Hammertoes: A deformity of the toe joints that causes the toe to bend downward, resembling a hammer.

  • Fractures: A break or crack in a bone due to trauma or excessive force.

  • Sprains: Overstretching or tearing of ligaments, which are the bands of tissue connecting bones at a joint.

  • Neuromas: Thickened nerve tissue that can develop in various parts of the body, often causing pain or discomfort.

  • Heel Pain: Discomfort or pain in the heel area, often caused by conditions such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis.

  • Plantar Fasciitis: Inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, resulting in heel pain and stiffness.

  • Ingrown Nails: When the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain, redness and potential infection.

  • Corns: Areas of thickened skin caused by pressure or friction, typically found on the toes or soles of the feet.

  • Congenital Malformations: Structural abnormalities present at birth, such as clubfoot or flat feet, often affecting the foot or lower limb.

  • Poor Circulation: Inadequate blood flow to the feet, which can lead to various symptoms such as numbness, coldness, and slow wound healing.

  • Metatarsalgia: Pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot, often due to excessive pressure or overuse.

  • Calluses: Thickened and hardened areas of skin that develop as a protective response to repeated friction or pressure.

  • Fungal Nails: A fungal infection of the toenails, leading to discoloration, thickening and brittleness.

  • Athlete's Foot: A fungal infection that typically affects the skin between the toes, causing itching, burning and scaling.

  • Tendonitis: Inflammation of a tendon, often caused by repetitive motions or overuse, resulting in pain and limited movement.

  • Thickened Nails: Abnormally thickened toenails or fingernails, which can be caused by various factors such as trauma, fungal infection or systemic conditions.

  • Plantar Warts: Viral infections on the soles of the feet caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), resulting in small, rough growths.

  • Diabetic Pressure Ulcers: Open sores or wounds that develop due to excessive pressure on the skin, particularly in individuals with diabetes who may have reduced sensation and impaired wound healing.

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CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Orthopedics

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