Diabetes and Your Feet
Even the smallest wounds can cause a lot of damage to patients with diabetes. Because diabetes decreases blood flow, injuries tend to heal at a slower rate.
Flat Feet is a very common condition in which the arch of the foot collapses, with the entire sole of the foot coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground.
Hammer Toes are toes that buckle or curl under. Over time, these toes may hurt and make movement more difficult. With Dr. Chudy's help, even severe hammer toes can be treated so you can walk more easily.
Heel Spurs are often painless, but can cause heel pain. They are frequently associated with plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the fibrous band of connective tissue (plantar fascia) that runs along the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the ball of the foot.
When your foot lands off balance, muscles may give way, allowing the ankle joint to move too far. If ligaments connecting the foot and ankle bones overstretch or tear, an ankle sprain is the result. These sudden injuries cause pain both at the time they occur and throughout the healing process. Depending on the sprain, swelling and bruising may extend from your ankle into your foot. With proper care, however, sprains can easily heal correctly. In many cases, you can reduce the risk of reinjury.
Athlete's Foot is a fungal infection of the skin that causes scaling, flaking and itch of affected areas. While it is typically transmitted in moist communal areas where people walk barefoot, the disease requires a warm moist environment, such as the inside of a shoe, in order to incubate.
A Bunion (misaligned big toe joint) is one of the most common big toe problems. In addition to causing pain, a bunion changes the shape of your foot, making it harder to find shoes that fit. But you don't have to hobble for the rest of your life. Bunions can be treated. With Dr. Chudy's help, your feet can feel and look better!
Corns are shaped calluses of dead skin that usually occur on thin or hairless and smooth skin surfaces. Corns form when the pressure point against the skin form an elliptical or semi-elliptical path during the rubbing motion. If there is constant stimulation of the tissue producing the corns, even after the corn is surgically removed, the skin may continue to grow as a corn.
Dr. Chudy offers a full array of podiatric services to help you maintain healthy feet. Here is a listing of some of the services available from our office.