Heel pain is one of the most common conditions treated by podiatrists.
Children begin to walk anywhere between eight and 18 months of age. For the first two years, your child's feet will seem to have fallen arches. Flat feet are normal in a young child due to weak muscle tone in the foot, a generous padding of fat, and loose ankle ligaments that permit the foot to lean inwards. As your child masters walking, the ligaments and muscles will strengthen and the fat pads in the arch area won't be so noticeable. By around five years of age, your child should have normal arches in both feet.
Toenail problems occur in people of all ages. Problems include ingrown toenail, fungal infection and nail deformities. Professional care from your podiatrist can improve the health of your toenails. Causes of nail problems include trauma, ill-fitting shoes, poor circulation and infection. Problems with toenails can be successfully treated by a podiatrist.
Our feet play an important role in getting us around. Sometimes, pressure placed on the foot becomes out of balance and extra friction falls on particular areas of the foot. When this happens, the body may respond to the pressure by producing thickenings in the surface layer of the skin. These hard patches of skin are called calluses. If the cause of pressure is not relieved, calluses become painful. Common sites of corn and callus formation, including the ball of the foot, under the big toe, tips and tops of toes and between the toes.
Warts are the result of a viral infection. There are several different types which can look different depending on where they occur on the body. On the feet they may appear as flat multiple lesions or consist simply of a single large lesion. They are often referred to as "plantar warts" which simply means that they occur on the bottom of the feet. In fact they can develop anywhere even under the nails and between to toes.
It is important that shoes fit your feet correctly. The most frequent mistake we make is buying shoes that are too narrow or short for our feet. This squashes the toes, puts excessive pressure on the feet and stops the foot from functioning properly. Shoes that are too big allow the foot to slide around and don't give adequate support.