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Foot & Ankle Care

If foot or ankle pain is slowing you down, we can help you take your first step toward better health

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It is the mission of Orthopaedics Northeast to provide compassionate orthopedic and related healthcare services in a reassuring environment that improve patient comfort and restore mobility, enhancing the patient’s overall well being.

Meet Our Doctors

Foot & Ankle ONE is dedicated to providing expert diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitative care for all foot, ankle and lower extremity problems. Our specialized physicians are the leaders in providing foot care for infants, children and adults. 

Common Conditions:

Even the most common foot ailments can cause great pain and limit your mobility. At Foot&AnkleONE, we provide treatment for:
 

  • Insensitive (numb) feet

  • Diabetic ulcers

  • Hammertoes, claw toes, mallet toes

  • Bunions, corns, calluses & ingrown toenails

  • Plantar warts, heel pain and metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot)

  • Morton’s neuroma

  • Achilles tendon injuries

  • Ankle deformities and clubfoot

  • Foot trauma

  • Athletic injuries
     

We encourage you to use the information provided here to learn more about your foot or ankle condition.

Preventative Care:

Education is an important part of ensuring that small foot problems do not become serious health conditions. We encourage you to use the links on this page to learn more about caring for your feet and how to be alert to signs that require medical attention.

Shoe Fitting Guidelines:

Shoes protect our feet and prevent injury – but only if they fit properly. Poorly fitting shoes can cause bunions, corns, hammer toes and many other foot problems. For better shoe fit, try following these simple guidelines:

 

  • Have your feet measured regularly, even as an adult

  • Choose shoes that conform to your foot shape

  • Shop later in the day when your feet are their largest

  • Make sure there is adequate space (3/8″ to 1/2″) for your longest toe

  • Only purchase shoes that fit comfortably — neither too tight nor too loose


If you continue to have difficulty finding shoes that fit, you might need the help of a certified pedorthist. At Foot&AnkleONE, we provide on-site pedorthist services for added convenience.

Diabetic Foot Problems:

If you have diabetes, regular visits to Foot&AnkleONE can help keep you on your feet. Research has shown that diabetics who receive frequent foot inspections, self-help education and, when needed, special shoes can reduce their risk of serious complications, such as ulcer formation, gangrene and amputation, by up to 50 percent.

 

To help lower your risk, Foot&AnkleONE has developed an extensive educational and preventive care program for patients with insensitive feet – a condition that’s often caused by diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) or poor circulation. In addition to receiving thorough foot exams, patients in this program are taught the signs of serious foot problems and how to avoid them. By learning how to wash and inspect your feet daily, what types of foot-wear to avoid and how to cut your toenails, you can significantly decrease your risk of developing a problem.

Pedicure Program:

To help older adults, individuals with diabetes and others who have trouble caring for problem toenails or calluses, Foot&AnkleONE offers a low-cost pedicure program. This program is designed to care for your needs in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible. Our clinical staff is not only specially trained to perform these services but is also an excellent source of information on foot care. We can provide information on selecting proper footwear and other things you can do to keep your feet healthy.

 
 

Treatment:

Bunion:

Proper shoe fit is an important factor in treatment. The goal of non-surgical treatment is to relieve the pressure over the bunion caused by footwear. This may be accomplished by:

  • relaxing the leather of the shoe over the bunion

  • wearing shoes with a wider toe box

  • wearing prescription shoes if the deformity is severe

If conservative treatment does not cause relief, surgery to realign and balance the great toe may be recommended. There are many different surgical procedures for the correction of bunions and the type performed depends on the severity of the condition. In most cases, surgery successfully relieves the painful symptoms. However, some joint stiffness, numbness or deformity can occur after surgery.

Corn:

Proper shoe fit is an important factor in treatment. Shoes with high and wide toe boxes usually relieve pressure on the corns. Shaving the corn and then using horseshoe- or doughnut-shaped pads may relieve pressure.

If these methods do not give sufficient relief, outpatient surgery can be performed to improve your comfort.

Hammer, Mallet & Claw Toe:

Proper shoe fit is the most important factor in treating these conditions.

Wear shoes with high, wide and long enough toe boxes to avoid direct pressure over the sensitive areas. Soft insoles and soles of the shoe can relieve pressure at the end of the toe. If necessary, an extra-depth shoe can be purchased at a specialty store.

  • Cushion pressure spots with pads available at drug or shoe stores.

  • Shoe leather can be relaxed over the deformed toe to relieve pressure.

  • A special insole (orthotic) may be prescribed to decrease pressure at the end of your toe.

  • Surgical correction is sometimes indicated and is usually performed on an outpatient basis.

Heel Pain:

Treatment of plantar fasciitis is usually performed in stages according to the duration and degree of pain. Treatment may take many months if the condition has been longstanding.


Treatment usually begins with anti-inflammatory medication, shoe modification, temporary limitation of activities, weight loss and heel cord stretching. Also, night splints are often helpful to stretch the plantar fascia.


An arch support (orthotic) may also be helpful, especially if you have a flat foot. If the problem continues, the tender area occasionally may be injected with cortisone and a local anesthetic. For a difficult, chronic problem, a period of casting may be used to improve this condition.


Surgical treatment is rarely needed. If performed, it aims to partially release the plantar fascia and stimulate healing of the chronic inflammation. Removal of a heel spur, if it is large, may also be done at the time of surgery.

 

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