Ignoring your foot problems can eventually lead to greater overall health problems. Dr. Steven D. Meinhold, PC can identify and fix them before they lead to more serious issues.
BunionsA bunion is an enlargement of the joint in the first toe that causes the bones in the joint to become misaligned. Genetics and improper footwear are both factors in the development of bunions. Once this condition starts, it tends to worsen over time. If left untreated, the big toe will begin to point inward and a bulge will develop on the side of the foot, resulting in pain and
Bunions can also lead to calluses, ingrown toenails, hammertoes, and improper walking bio-mechanics. You don't have to suffer the pain and embarrassment of unsightly bunions. Even simple treatments, such as special shoes, custom orthotics (arch supports), and padding may help relieve the discomfort of bunions.
If surgery is necessary, an X-ray and exam can determine if you're a candidate for a state-of-the-art procedure. The procedure corrects bunions with minimal invasion and recovery time. Dr. Meinhold
is among the few doctors who perform this innovative procedure, which minimizes discomfort and recovery time. Many patients are back to work in only a few days and most insurance plans cover the procedure.
Heel pain is one of the most common but painful problems seen in a podiatrist's office. It's usually due to excessive pulling on a major supportive ligament in the heel called the plantar fascia.
The symptoms are most often described as pain and stiffness in the heel with the first step in the morning. The pain may improve after a few minutes, but usually returns as the day progresses or after sitting for an extended period of time. The condition is known as plantar fasciitis, but is also referred to as heel spur syndrome, stone bruise, or heel bruise.
As we age, the plantar fascia can lose its elasticity. It can start to pull at
the heel and cause inflammation around the nerve and bursa (a fluid-filled sac). The pain comes from the irritable nerve and bursa by the plantar fascia strain. Over time, a heel spur may develop due to the constant tugging
of the plantar fascia on the heel bone.
Corns and calluses
Corns and calluses are your body's response to friction or pressure against the skin. If your corns or calluses are mild, reducing the friction may help. Different shoes, moleskin, or soft pads may be the treatment you need. In more severe cases, wearing orthotics or visiting Dr. Meinhold
for routine trimming may be necessary.
can treat hammertoes. In mild cases, a shoe change may correct the problem or prevent the condition from worsening. Sometimes, the toes are straightened
for a period of time using a splint. In more severe cases, surgery may be required. If the joint is flexible, surgery may involve severing a tight tendon to allow the toe to relax. If the joint is rigid, a piece of bone may be removed or in severe cases, the joint may be fused, so the toe is straightened. Most surgeries are out-patient
and in many cases, you'll be able to stand on the foot before leaving.
There are many nail conditions that can be treated by Dr. Meinhold, from ingrown nails to fungal infections. Some of these conditions can be treated conservatively with medication or routine care while others require partial or total removal of the nail. Any discoloration or infection on
or around the toenails should be evaluated.
Morton's neuroma is an enlarged, benign growth of nerve tissue between the toe bones. It's caused when the bones press together and irritate a nerve. The symptoms usually start slowly and gradually get worse. These symptoms can be a sharp, burning pain, tingling or numbness, or a feeling that you have something in your shoe or your sock is wrinkled. Treatments range from conservative to surgical. Dr. Meinhold
can evaluate the condition and discuss the options that suit you.
Other foot ailments
There are many other conditions of the feet Dr. Meinhold
can treat. If you have foot pain, numbness, discoloration, are diabetic, or have any concerns with your feet, contact our office for an appointment!
Our full-service podiatric care includes:
- Evaluation and treatment for all foot and ankle conditions
- Foot and ankle surgery
- Fracture management
- Sports injuries
- Foot and ankle deformity correction
- Comprehensive wound care
- Prevention and treatment of diabetic foot problems