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These include the debridement (removal) of callus which is an over production of skin on the foot in response to pressure, a focal area of pressure can result in a corn which can also be removed via mechanical debridement. Other skin conditions include plantar verrucae’s which are warts on the bottom surface of the foot which can become painful with weight-bearing activity. These may be debrided and then treated via dry ice/acidic Foot Ankle Wilmette IL 60091 therapies. Fungal infections of the skin of the foot are also common due the environment within shoes where ventilation is poor and moisture can build up, these are also contagious through water droplets in public bathing areas such as showers and pools. Bacterial infections can also occur on the skin particularly when there is injury to the skin surface or when circulation is poor. An example of this is with ingrown toe Wilmette IL 60091 nails whereby the nail pierces the superficial layers of the skin. The podiatrist is trained to recognize the difference between these things, treat where necessary and offer suggested therapies.


Nail conditions may include thickening of the nails due to either trauma, onychomycosis (fungal infection), neglect, or poor circulation. A podiatrist is able to maintain the nails and suggest other conjunctive therapies. Ingrown toe nails as previously mentioned are also commonly treated and the Foot Ankle Wilmette IL 60091 podiatrist may skillfully remove these with or without the administration of local anaesthetic depending on the site and degree of the problem. In this situation the podiatrist works closely with the GP and antibiotics may also be administered if infection is present.


Care of the diabetic foot has become an important facet of podiatry due to possible complications involving the sensory and vascular system of the foot and leg. With poor diabetes control Wilmette IL 60091 the circulation and / or nerve supply to the feet may be compromised. Neurovascular tests along with assessment of the general foot condition are performed to determine whether the patient is at low, medium or high risk of foot complications. Neurovascular testing of the diabetic foot is recommended every 12 months minimum, and quite often ongoing treatment throughout the year is required to maintain the foot and prevent problems. Once again podiatrists Wilmette IL 60091 work very closely with GP’s/ Endocrinologists on this matter and may be included in the overall care plan for the patient – as designed by the GP


Various lower limb injuries related to activity and overuse syndromes may have a biomechanical cause. Podiatrists are able to identify such things through gait analysis and biomechanical assessment. For example an overly pronating (‘rolling in’) foot may be associated with such conditions as

  • heel Wilmette IL 60091 spur syndrome/arch pain- ‘plantar fasciitis’
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Shin pain- often generically referred to as ‘shin splints’ eg. periostitis, tendonitis, stress fracture
  • anterior knee pain- patellofemoral joint pain
  • metatarsalgia- any conditions affecting the metatarsals
  • sinus tarsi syndrome
  • tibialis posterior dysfunction – most common cause of
  • unilateral flat foot in adulthood
  • tarsal coalition- most common cause of unilateral flat foot in children
  • morton’s neuroma- a Wilmette IL 60091 perineural fibroma ie- scar tissue build up around an intermetatarsal nerve

An overly supinating (‘rolling out’) foot is less common and may be associated with conditions such as

  • repetitive lateral ankle joint sprains
  • peroneal tendonitis
  • lateral ligament sprains
  • Iliotibial band friction syndrome

Podiatrists are able to identify underlying causes to various injuries and treat accordingly using strappings, foot orthoses (custom made insoles), stretching/strengthening programs, Wilmette IL 60091 footwear advice and managing injury in the acute phase


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