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Podiatrists are foot specialists that can identify and treat a number of different foot afflictions, including plantar fasciitis, toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, and many others. To become a podiatrist, one must complete a rigorous residency training following completion of the curriculum in a podiatric medical school. A minimum of at least two years of residency training is mandated by many states. This training period is important for podiatrists for many reasons. Importantly, completing a residency exposes an aspiring podiatrist to a variety of different surgical and medical experiences in the real world. A residency can also prove to be an informative interdisciplinary activity, enabling the aspiring podiatrist to be exposed to surgery, anesthesiology, pediatrics, and more. If you struggle with foot pain or some kind of foot condition, do not hesitate to contact your podiatrist to make an appointment.
If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Dr. John R. Northrup from Superior Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Is a Podiatrist?
Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.
A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:
A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
If you notice that your toenails have become thickened, rough, or stained it may be a sign of onychomycosis, also known as toenail fungus. This fungal infection is contagious and quite common among older adults. Touching the infected nail or any surface infected with the fungus can allow it to spread. The fungus thrives in moist, warm environments like gym locker rooms, swimming pools, and changing areas. If your feet or shoes are damp or sweaty, the fungus is more likely to multiply and feed on the nail tissue. Eventually, it may grow under the nail into the skin, turning the nail yellow and changing its appearance. Toenail fungus is not generally painful, but the nail may develop cracks. Protection against infection includes keeping the feet clean and dry, sprinkling antifungal powder inside shoes, and wearing shoes made of breathable materials. It is suggested that you wear foot coverings when you are in damp areas where the fungus is apt to spread. Please see a podiatrist for more information on medications to combat fungal toenail infections.
For more information about treatment, contact Dr. John R. Northrup of Superior Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.
Antifungals & Deterrence
Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.
Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.
Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
The pain located between the third and fourth toes is a foot condition known as Morton’s neuroma. It is also referred to as Morton’s syndrome, and is defined as a compressed nerve in the top of the foot. Patients notice that it is difficult to push off with the forefoot, and it can feel like a pins and needles sensation. Morton’s neuroma may be prevalent among people who have flat feet, and this may cause the foot to gradually compress the nerve. Many cases of Morton’s neuroma are caused by wearing shoes that do not have enough room for the toes to move freely. Additionally, participating in sporting activities like golf and tennis may lead to this condition. The affected foot will often feel better when it is frequently elevated and rested, and it may help to wear a protective pad in the shoes for additional cushioning. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can treat it accordingly.
Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. John R. Northrup of Superior Podiatry. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.
Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.
What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
Many people develop arthritis in the feet, and it may be more prevalent in the toes. It is often a result of worn cartilage as this may cause the bones to rub together. Inflammation may occur as well as pain. Toe arthritis may happen from having gout, a past toe injury, obesity, or possibly from genetic reasons. Additionally, women who frequently wear high heels may have an increased risk of getting toe arthritis and this may be due to limited room in the toe area of the shoes. One of the first symptoms of arthritis in the feet or toes is pain. It can range from an achy sensation to a stabbing feeling when trying to move the feet. This can be followed by the feet or toes becoming stiff and it often hurts when walking. In more severe cases, a popping or clicking sound may be heard and this happens from the deterioration of the cartilage that acts as a cushion between the bones. If you have this type of pain in your feet, please consult with a podiatrist who can determine if you have developed arthritis and offer you the correct treatment options.
Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. John R. Northrup from Superior Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Arthritic Foot Care
Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.
In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.
Alleviating Arthritic Pain
It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
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