We treat following common foot problems:
Achilles tendinitis is a painful and often debilitating inflammation of the Achilles tendon, also called the heel cord. Achilles tendinitis may be caused by a single incident of over stressing the tendon, or it may result from a series of stresses that produce small tears over time. Read more.
Most often, ankle sprains are caused by a sudden sideways motion, a twist or a misstep. When your foot lands off balance the muscles may give way, allowing the ankle joint to move too far. If ligaments connecting the foot and ankle bones overstretch or tear, the result is a sprain. Read more.
Arthritis is a condition that slowly wears away joints (the link where bones meet and move). One of the ﬁrst signs of arthritis you may notice is that the affected joint seems stiff and/or achy. As the joint lining or cartilage breaks down, the bones rub against each other, causing pain and swelling. Read more.
Athlete’s foot is a skin infection of the foot caused by a fungus. The fungus that causes this disease is called Trichophyton. When the feet stay moist, warm and irritated, this fungus can thrive and infect the upper layer of the skin. Athlete’s foot is caused by the ringworm fungus “tinea.”Read more.
A Bunion is one of the most common foot ailments which usually occur near the joint at the base of the big toe. It is actually a bony protrusion which consists of excess or misaligned bone in the joint. Although they may develop on the fifth or little toe, bunions usually occur at the base of the big toe. Read more.
Corns and calluses are the body’s response to friction or pressure against the skin. Corns usually grow on top of the foot, often at a toe joint. Calluses spread on the bottom of the foot or on the outer edge of a toe or the heel. When the foot rubs the inside of a shoe, the area of skin that is affected thickens.Read more.
Many symptoms of diabetes occur ﬁrst in the feet and Podiatrists are often the first to discover diabetes in patients. Common diabetic foot problems include infection, ulcers, poor circulation, neuropathy, nail fungus and foot deformities which place the patient at a greater risk of infection. Read more.
The arch of your foot is its main supportive structure. If this arch loses strength, the bone framework begins to collapse, causing your foot to ﬂatten. Like a sagging bridge, the weakness in the middle strains the joints at both ends of your foot. Read more.
A ganglion is a ﬂuid-ﬁlled swelling of the lining of a joint or tendon. Although ganglions can form on any part of the foot, they most often appear on the ankle or top of the foot. Ganglions tend to change in size and usually grow slowly. They can vary from the size of a small pea to the size of a golfball. Read more.
Gout is a disease that affects the joints. You may have been awakened at night by a hot, painful feeling in your big toe or ankle. Your joints may also appear to be swollen and inflamed. These are symptoms of a gout attack. Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid (a waste product made by the body). Read more.
The buckling of any of the toe joints is known as a “hammer toe”. Joints that are affected are normally at the end or middle of the toe as well as the joint near the ball of the foot. These joints actually curl due to a muscle imbalance or because of tight tendons. Hammer toes usually vary in severity and in the number of joints and toes involved.Read more
An ingrown-toenails occurs when a toe- nail edge imbeds itself into the surrounding skin. Usually, the side of the nail penetrates deep into the skin and it is difficult to see the edge of the nail. The severity or appearance of the nail will vary. Some will have a nail that appears deeply embedded down the side or sides of the nail.Read more
Nail fungus is a very stubborn infection that makes its home in the bed of your toenail, shielded by the hard outer nail. The medical name for nail fungus is onychomycosis (on-ee—ko—mi- ko—sis). Tiny fungal organisms called dermatophytes move in and digest the keratin found in your nails.Read more.
A neuroma is a painful growth of nerve tissue in the foot – most often between the third and fourth toe bones, it forms when bones in the feet press together and irritate a nerve. This may be caused by wearing tight or poorly fitting shoes, or by repeated stress on the foot.Read more.
Peripheral neuropathy is a disease that can damage nerves in the feet and prevent them from working properly. This is most common in people with diabetes. Neuropathy can also be caused by poor nutrition, injury, and other diseases.Read more.
Heel pain is one of the most common foot ailments treated by Podiatrists at the Foot Centers of NC. Very often heel pain is related to a condition known as Plantar Fasciitis.The plantar fascia is a ligament-like band running from the heel to the ball of the foot.Read more.
Pressure Ulcers are sores that occur when pressure cuts off the blood supply to the skin. Stress caused by the body’s weight and the impact of striking the ground place the ball of the foot, the big toe, and the heel at the greatest risk. .Read more .
A plantar wart is an infection caused by a virus, which can invade your skin through small cuts or breaks. Over time, the wait develops into a hard rough growth on the surface of the skin. A wart is most commonly seen on the bottom of the foot (referred to as a plantar wart), but can also appear on the top. Read more .