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Foot and Ankle Care in Cleveland, Ohio

As foot doctors, we are licensed to diagnose and treat foot and ankle conditions. Dr. Kallibjian and his team have helped patients solve both common and complex foot conditions ranging from heel and arch pain, sports injuries to complex diabetic foot care. A few of the conditions we treat are listed below. For more information on a particular foot or ankle condition, please contact us at 440-743-2525.

Arch Pain Treatment

Arch Pain Arch pain refers to extreme pain or a burning sensation at the arch of the foot. As with heel pain, the most frequent cause of arch pain is plantar fasciitis. Also see Heel Pain.

Bunions

BunionsA bunion refers to a bone deformity caused by an enlargement of the joint around the big toe. The enlarged joint can cause friction and pressure while wearing footwear. Bunions form when the toe moves out of place, and over time the big toe might angle in toward the other toes. Common symptoms of bunions include inflammation, swelling and soreness near the joint of the big toe. Bunions can lead to other toe deformities, such as hammertoe.

Bunions are usually caused by wearing shoes that are too tight. The best way to alleviate bunion pain is to wear shoes that fit properly. Soaking feet in warm water can temporarily relieve pain associated with bunions. Orthotics can provide extra support and protection and help place the foot in the correct position within the shoe. Your podiatrist can also recommend exercises to maintain join mobility and prevent stiffness. If conservative treatments do not solve the problem, your doctor may recommend bunion surgery to remove the bunion and realign the toe.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic Foot CareFor those affected by diabetes, proper foot care and maintenance is essential. The disease decreases blood flow, particularly to the feet. Diabetics must continuously monitor their feet, typically daily, to avoid infections, otherwise they could face amputation. When inspecting your feet, look for wounds, bruise, blisters, ulcers and ingrown nails. It is recommended that you contact your podiatrist for instructions on how to properly care for your feet.

Flat Foot

Flat FootFlat foot is a common condition associated with pronation. Pronation occurs when your ankle bones lean toward your center line. Many people with flat feet do not experience any pain. Pain associated with flat foot should be treated by a podiatrist, or you run the risk of severe disability and chronic pain. Typical treatment for flat foot includes anti-inflammatory medications, icing, physical therapy and orthotics. In severe cases, surgery may be required to restore normal function.

Hammertoe

Hammer ToeHammertoe is a condition that occurs in the second, third, or fourth toes. Typically the middle joint in the toe is contracted, causing the toe to resemble a hammer. Hammertoes can lead to corns or calluses due to rubbing against the shoe, in addition to severe pressure and pain in the toe. The leading causes of hammertoe include muscle imbalance, arthritis and improperly fitting shoes.

Treatment for hammertoe involves wearing shoes with soft and roomy toe boxes so there is less friction against the toes. Toe exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles are also recommended. In some cases, surgery may be recommended to correct the condition.

Heel Pain Treatment

Heel PainHeel pain refers to extreme discomfort when weight is applied to the heel. One cause of heel pain results from the repetitive stress of impact on the heel. This condition is often referred to as heel pain syndrome and can result from poor shoe support or a sudden increase in activity.

Proper treatment for heel pain syndrome involves providing proper arch support and cushioning to absorb shock and transfer pressure. Your podiatrist will typically recommend a heel cup, visco heel cradle or an orthotic.

Plantar fasciitis is another cause of foot pain that results from a biomechanical problem such as over-pronation. The bottom of the foot is covered with fibrous tissue called plantar fascia, and excessive stretching from over-pronation can cause extreme pain in the heel and arch of the foot. Typically, pain associated with plantar fasciitis is most extreme first thing in the morning or following long periods of rest.

An orthotic with proper arch support will help control over-pronation and prevent excessive stretching of the plantar fascia. Ice packs, stretching exercises and physically therapy may also be used to treat plantar fasciitis.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown NailIngrown toenails can develop for a variety of reasons, but the most common cause is trimming the toenail incorrectly. This causes the nail to re-grow into the skin which leads to hard, swollen or tender skin around the toe. If left untreated, infection can occur. The easiest way to avoid ingrown nails is to trim the nail properly using a sterile nail clipper. Cut the nail straight across with no rounded corners. If an ingrown nail does it occur, follow this simple regimen:

Soak feet in warm salt water several times a day
Dry feet thoroughly using a clean towel
Apply mild antiseptic solution to the area
Bandage the toe
If inflammation continues, consult your podiatrist immediately

To learn more about your feet, and steps you can take to keep them health, visit the American Podiatric Medical Association.

 
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