Podiatrists, or doctors of podiatric medicine (DPM), are specialists who focus mainly on the foot, ankle, and associated areas of the lower leg. All Proliance podiatrists are DPMs, meaning they have completed years of rigorous training in podiatric medical school and hospital-based residency training.
Proliance podiatrists can work with you to address the following issues and more:
Bone, tendons and ligaments
Disease and injuries affecting the bones and tendons of the ankle. Common examples include Achilles tendon rupture, arthritis, fractures, and sprains.
Bottom of Foot
Injuries and disorders that affect the tarsal and metatarsal bones, along with tendons and ligaments. Affecting conditions can be present from birth, such as flat feet, but may also include bone fractures and tendon tears.
Inflammation and swelling of the cartilage, as well as the lining of the joints. This can include increased fluid in the joints and can have a variety of causes from injuries to bacterial or viral infections.
One of the most common injuries diagnosed by podiatrists and ranges from minor cracks to clean breaks. Symptoms include swelling, pain, bruising, hearing the break, and inability to place weight on the afflicted body part.
Can be caused by many conditions, from joint inflammation to reactive arthritis and Achilles tendinitis to stress fractures. The specific area where the pain is felt will assist in diagnosis and should be examined as soon as possible.
Joint and Skin
A bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe, resulting from the bones in the front part of the foot moving out of place. This causes the tip of the big toe to pull towards the smaller ones and forces the joint to stick out.
A condition of the foot where the toe has an abnormal bend in the middle joint. This is often caused by wearing shoes with high heels or toe boxes too narrow for one’s feet. The toe most often afflicted is second to the big toe.
An array of injuries and diseases that includes strains, sprains, flat feet, Achilles tendonitis, ankle instability, and chronic issues from repetitive use. Symptoms include localized pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Also known as “pinched nerve”, it’s a painful condition where a benign growth of nerve tissue usually found between the third and fourth toes has occurred. Symptoms include pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and the ball of the foot.
Common causes of poor blood flow to the feet include obesity, diabetes, and heart conditions. Symptoms include tingling, numbness, throbbing, muscle cramps, and pain.
Joints and Tendons
Noncancerous lumps that often develop along the tendons or joints. They are typically round or oval and are filled with a jellylike fluid, ranging from pea-sized to an inch in diameter.
A common result of diabetes, it occurs over time from high blood sugar damage to the nerves and blood vessels. The nerve damage causes symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness, and loss of feeling in the feet.
Infections, diseases, and inflammation include dermatitis, athlete’s foot, eczema, warts, and other fungal types. These should be treated immediately as they impact the feet’s mobility and be life-threatening if left untreated.
Infections and injuries include ingrown toenails, fungal infections, discoloration, and clubbed nails. Symptoms range from a foul smell to discoloration and nail thickening to pain and the nail lifting away.