If you break your toe or sprain your ankle playing soccer, you may have a visit with a foot and ankle specialist in your near future. When there is obvious trauma to our feet, it’s evident that we need to turn to a specialist. However, traumatic injuries only make up a portion of the foot conditions we treat. Below, we take a closer look at five non-traumatic foot and ankle conditions our team of podiatrists can help treat.

  1. Ingrown Toenails – Ingrown toenails are a common problem for anyone who routinely wears tight fitting shoes. Women and athletes are two groups that are disproportionately affected by ingrown toenails, and they can range in severity from mildly annoying to a majorly crippling. If your toenail is starting to push into the side of your nail bed, it’s not going to fix itself on its own. You can try to manipulate the nail after soaking it in the bathtub for a while, or you can have a foot specialist address the nail and get it back on a healthy course.
  2. Plantar Warts – Although not as painful or potentially serious as some of the other conditions on this list, plantar warts can be uncomfortable and unsightly, which can make people want to get rid of them. You can try some over-the-counter options, but those are not as effective as a consultation with a podiatrist. They’ll be able to freeze or excise the wart to greatly reduce its likelihood of returning
  3. Calluses And Corns – Corns and calluses form as a result of the pressure and friction that your feet are exposed to, and while they are typically only mildly uncomfortable, they can present as a bigger risk for diabetics with inhibited blood flow in their extremities. These corns and calluses can provide an entry point for bacteria, especially if you try to remove them yourself. Let a podiatrist safely trim or address your corns and calluses to ensure you’re not putting your feet at risk of problems like an infection.
  4. Fungal Infections – Toenail infections can cause your nails to become discolored or brittle, while a condition like Athlete’s Foot can become itchy and sore. Again, there are over-the-counter options available, but for the most effective treatment, head to a podiatrist. We have more proven solutions that can provide quicker treatment for your fungal infection.
  5. Diabetic Foot Ulcers – Finally, if you are diabetic and you develop a sore on your foot, you’ll want to speak to a foot and ankle specialist sooner rather than later. About 15 percent of diabetics will develop foot ulcers on their feet because healthy blood flow to the extremities can be impacted, making it harder for the body to help wounds heal. Let a specialist take a look at the wound and help treat it so that an infection or larger problem doesn’t develop.
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