Our clinics are staffed by board certified podiatrists. We can treat 90% of the foot and ankle cases seen in an emergency room for a fraction of the cost. We provide on site x-ray that is designed specifically for foot and ankle. This will avoid re-taking an x-ray done improperly at an ER or standard Urgent Care. Our clinics will be able to provide you with the correct casting or bracing needed for your foot or ankle injury. We can provide immediate treatment for all infections including any needed procedure and or antibiotic. We can repair or correct all lacerations, wounds or cuts of the foot and ankle. Your follow up will be with the same foot and ankle specialist.
Your ankle is an intricate network of bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Strong enough to bear your body weight, your ankle can be prone to injury and pain. You may feel ankle pain on the inside or outside of your ankle or along the Achilles tendon, which connects the muscles in your lower leg to your heel bone. Although mild ankle pain often responds well to home treatments, it can take time to resolve. Severe ankle pain should be evaluated by a podiatrist, especially if it follows an injury. Ankle pain is characterized by irritation and inflammation of the ankle, a condition that often results from an inherently unstable ankle, trauma, or an athletic injury. About 60 percent of all foot and ankle injuries, reported by the US population older than 17, were sprains and strains of the ankle.
Ankle Pain Treatment & Relief:
Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation will provide ankle pain treatment and relief. See a podiatrist to rule out a fracture or a ligament tear because immediate ankle sprain treatment often results in complete healing and a return to normal function. For a recent injury, we recommend cold therapy (the foot igloo), the Steplite ankle walker, and Biofreeze, a pain-reducing ointment. For ongoing, occasional ankle pain, we highly recommend arch supports or the knit ankle support. For stability issues, we like the Flexlite sport hinged ankle brace, which is a favorite of our athletic patients. All of these suggestions should help in managing and relieving ankle pain.
The feet are susceptible to cuts that may penetrate the skin. Minor wounds can be treated with bandages or skin glue, and the healing process will accelerate if the cuts are kept covered and dry. If you have stepped on glass or rocks, an X-ray may be necessary to ensure there is no debris left in the foot. For serious foot wounds, it is beneficial to keep weight off of the foot as much as possible, as this can help in giving the foot a chance to heal. If the wound is bleeding, it is helpful to apply direct pressure. If this fails to work, it is wise to seek medical attention from a podiatrist. Additionally, an infection may be present which is often accompanied by a fever.
Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, find an Urgent Care For Feet podiatrist near you and they will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Fractures of the toes and forefoot are quite common. Fractures can result from a direct blow to the foot—such as accidentally kicking something hard or dropping a heavy object on your foot or toes. They can also result from the overuse and repetitive stress that comes with participating in high-impact sports like running and basketball.
Although fracturing a bone in your toe or forefoot can be quite painful—it rarely requires surgery. In most cases, a fracture will heal with rest and a change in activities. However, it is a misconception that you can’t do anything for a broken toe. If the fracture is “displaced” or “dislocated”, it is important to get it put back in place prior to healing. It’s always better to get an x-ray to rule out any potentially permanent damage.
Heel pain can be described as an irritation of the ligament running along the bottom of the foot and attaching to the heel,sometimes disabling, can occur in the front, back, or bottom of the heel. Heel pain is generally the result of faulty biomechanics (walking gait abnormalities) that place too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissues that attach to it. The stress may also result from injury, or a bruise incurred while walking, running, or jumping on hard surfaces; wearing poorly constructed footwear; or being overweight. A heel spur is a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. On an X-ray, a heel spur protrusion can extend forward by as much as a half-inch. Without visible X-ray evidence, the condition is sometimes known as “heel spur syndrome.” The heel pain associated with heel spurs and plantar fasciitis may not respond well to rest. If you walk after a night’s sleep, the pain may feel worse as the plantar fascia suddenly elongates, which stretches and pulls on the heel.
Heel Pain Treatment & Relief:
If you have heel pain that persists for more than one month, consult a podiatrist. He or she may recommend conservative treatments such as: stretching exercises and physical therapy, A podiatrist can also evaluate arch and heel pain and may prescribe customized shoe inserts called orthoses to aid in heel pain treatment. A variety of heel cushions and pads may also be recommended. Wearing cushioned shoes with an elevated heel may decrease pressure and alleviate some pain and provide heel pain relief. Dr. Hurless highly recommends the 3/4 length Powerstep supports to his patients and customers. He finds that many patients find this as an affordable solution to custom orthotics.
An infected foot is often painful and can make it difficult to walk. An infection can occur after an injury to your foot. Bacteria can get into a wound, such as a cut or a skin crack, and cause an infection. Athlete’s foot and toenail fungus are also common fungal foot infections. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes mellitus and ingrown toenails, can also increase your risk for foot infections. An infected foot needs to be treated. Treatment will depend on the type of infection. Left untreated, a bacterial infection in the foot can lead to cellulitis, which is a potentially serious skin infection that can spread to your lymph nodes and bloodstream.
Sprained ankles may occur when a person accidentally rolls, twists, or turns their ankle in an awkward way. When this occurs, ligaments in the ankle are being forced beyond their range of motion, thus causing an injury. Some symptoms that point to having a sprained ankle may include swelling, bruising, tenderness, and pain inflicted on the affected area. Some may also experience restricted range of motion or feel instability in the ankle.
There are many factors that play into the cause of ankle sprains. Simple, everyday activities like walking can lead to an ankle sprain if the activity is being done on an uneven surface. The same goes for running or exercising. Those who partake in sports may be more susceptible to obtaining a sprained ankle because they’re more likely to fall or land uncomfortably after a jump, which can lead to an injury.
It’s important to note that some of the main risk factors that can lead to sprained ankles are improper footwear, a prior ankle complication, weakness or lack of flexibility in the ankle region, and as mentioned above, uneven surfaces and involvement in sporting activities.
To better prevent an ankle sprain, it’s recommended to warm up before partaking in intense physical activities, use caution when walking or running on rough surfaces, consider using tape or wearing a brace on a previously injured ankle, and avoid frequently wearing footwear that puts tension on your ankles, like high heels.
In order to alleviate some discomfort caused by an ankle sprain, it’s recommended to get plenty of rest, try icing the affected area, keep the ankle elevated, and wrap or compress the ankle so it has little to no motion. For a professional diagnosis and information on treatments for a sprained ankle, consult with a podiatrist.
An ingrown toenail is medically referred to as Onychocryptosis. Ingrown nails are the most common nail impairment, and are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the soft tissue of nail grooves, often leading to irritation, redness, swelling and infection. Sometimes there may be a clear yellowish drainage, or if it becomes infected, pus drainage. Usually, toenails grow straight out. Sometimes, however, one or both corners or sides curve and grow into the flesh. The big toe is usually the victim of this condition, but other toes can also become affected. If you have diabetes or another condition that causes poor blood flow to your feet or if you suffer from nerve damage, you’re at greater risk of complications of ingrown toenails.
Ingrown Toenail Treatment & Relief:
Often you can take care of ingrown toenails on your own. The simplest way to eliminate and avoid ingrown toenails is to properly trim your toenails. Toenails should be trimmed regularly but not cut too short. Using a safety nail clipper, cut the nails straight across, being sure that the nail corner is visible. To avoid irritating an ingrown toenail and to provide ingrown toenail relief, wear comfortable, well fitting shoes with plenty of room in the toe box. If the pain is severe or spreading, your podiatrist can take steps to relieve your discomfort and help you avoid complications of ingrown toenails. Left untreated or undetected, an ingrown toenail can infect the underlying bone and lead to a serious bone infection.
Puncture wounds in the foot, caused by foreign bodies, can be deceptive in appearance. This is because many show little or no signs of external damage, yet they may have caused a serious internal injury. Some of the more common objects that cause these injuries include nails, pins or tacks, wood, glass and thorns. There is usually little bleeding from puncture wounds and these wounds seem to close almost immediately. However, this does not mean treatment is not necessary. Puncture wounds do have a risk of becoming infected. The object that caused the wound may carry spores of tetanus or other bacteria, especially if the object was exposed to the soil. It’s important to get it evaluated and treated. Always know when your last tetanus shot was done too.