3 More Common Foot Ailments in Podiatry
In our previous article, we discussed the 3 most common foot care ailments affecting New Yorkers, as well as the rest of the world. And while those conditions were extremely common, podiatry is an expansive field, and with the pounding our feet take on a daily basis, the list unfortunately keeps going on and on. At William Street Podiatry, Dr, Harvey Katz, the top podiatrist 10036 has to offer, has treated countless patients – from everyday men and women, to professional athletes and Olympic sprinters. And no matter what their level of fitness, or the level of strain they put on their feet, a foot will always be a foot, and the same conditions that affect these high-performance athletes, affect the man or woman next door. When individuals suffer from such issues, Dr. Katz and his staff offer a variety of treatment options. To better understand the podiatry world, here are 3 more of the most common foot care ailments amongst patients across the city.Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails occur when the toenail begins to grow into the nail groove, which causes patients significant pain and discomfort.
- Causes One of the most common causes of patients suffering from ingrown toenails is wearing poorly-fitting shoes, which are far too narrow and tight. The pressure from shoes which are too narrow causes extra pressure on the upper foot and toes. This additional pressure causes the toenails to grow improperly. Other common causes for ingrown toenails include not having your toenails clipped properly – whether they are cut too short or left too long. When toenails are cut too short, and a patient can experience bouts of trauma as a result of falling or getting injured while running. Also, having a family history of ingrown toenails can cause individuals to be more susceptible to future issues.
- Symptoms Ingrown toenails are characterized by redness, swelling, pain, or even drainage from the toenail, which can indicate that an infection is present.
- Plantar Fasciitis Plantar fasciitis is an extremely common issue affecting patients, causing them to have heel pain – concentrated at the bottom of the foot, at the ligament responsible for supporting the foot’s arch connected to the Achilles tendon.
- Causes Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition that causes severe heel pain, however there is no clear cut cause as to why this ligament becomes inflamed. Generally, patients who are highly active and place a lot of stress on their heel, either through general wear and tear or as a result of taking part in athletics, (particularly running) are more susceptible to this type of injury. According to Dr. Katz, the top podiatrist 10036 has to offer, patients who are obese or overweight tend to be the most common sufferers as they put extra strain on the heel.
- Symptoms The condition is characterized mainly by moderate to severe pain at the bottom of the heel – the pain is worst during the mornings and tends to get worse with activities such as running or jogging.
Blisters are all too common issues, occurring on many different areas of the body but particularly on the hands and feet. According to Dr. Katz, the top podiatrist 10036 has in practice, blisters on the feet despite their reputation as being mild, can have the most drastic effect on our walking and running.
- Causes Blisters are fluid filled pockets, that aren’t usually a huge concern. However, they can appear due to any chaffing or friction, caused by running or even walking for long periods of time. you are more likely to get them if you become sweaty or wear poorly-fitting shoes.
- Symptoms Again, these are characterized by fluid-filled pockets or bumps that appear on the feet and toes. While not a serious issue, they can cause severe pain when trying to walk or run on them, and they can often pop as a result of this. Popping them is dangerous as they can easily become infected and can cause a lot of pain.
Dr. Katz and the team at William Street Podiatry have seen countless patients with such common ailments, offering them a variety of treatment options. For more information on treating any of these issues or to schedule a consultation contact us today.