John Hickey DPM, PLLC provides the best podiatric treatment for patients in the Levittown area since 1982 with the goal of helping people maintain healthy feet.
A deformity of the fourth, third, or second toes in which the toe resembles a hammer as it is bent at the center joint is called hammertoe. Corns and calluses may occur on the effected toes on top of the middle joint, and patients may experience pain in their feet or toes. This condition is typically caused by muscle imbalances and ill fitting shoes. Doctors may treat hammertoe with strengthening and stretching toe exercises, commercially available cushions and non-medicated pads to treat symptoms, recommending shoes with roomy toe boxes, and in severe cases surgery to correct the deformity.
Heel Spurs Treatment
Commonly referred to as heel spurs, plantar fasciitis is characterized by arch and heel pain that stems from the bottom of the foot and heel. This pain is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that stretches from the heel bone to the base of the toes across the bottom of the foot, due to overpronation of the foot. Doctors typically treat heel spurs with non-invasive therapies including ice packs, orthotics, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications.
Corns and Calluses Treatment
Protective layers of dead, compacted skin cells are called calluses and corns. Calluses typically form on the soles of feet while corns will form on the toes, and are caused by regular friction from skin rubbing against an irregularity in the shoe or bony areas. This can cause burning, pressure, and pain which can be relived by padding. Calluses and corns should never be cut and home remedies should never be used except under a podiatrist's supervision.
Athlete's Foot Treatment
Various types of fungus that cause chronic infection are commonly called Athlete's Foot. These fungi are typically spread in moist environments where people go barefoot, for example swimming pools and public showers. Symptoms can range from painful inflammation and blisters to mild itching and scaling. Athlete's Foot is treated based on the type of infection. Mild cases can be treated with prescription and over-the-counter ointments, lotions, and powders that treat the infection as well as the symptoms. A trained podiatrist should always be consulted before starting any treatment regime for Athlete's Foot.
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