At Bluewater Foot & Ankle Specialists, we treat a wide variety of conditions pertaining to the foot and ankle. From ingrown toenails to traumatic injuries requiring surgical intervention, there are few foot and ankle services we do not provide. Please read about many of our services we provide below, however, this is not an exhaustive list.
Arthritis of the Foot & Ankle
With many kinds of arthritis, your joints wear down over time. You slowly lose the smooth "cushioning" cartilage inside them. As a result, your bones rub and wear against each other. Soft tissues in your joints also may begin to wear down. Several types of arthritis can cause pain in your feet and ankles, and there are a variety of treatment options available to you.
Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia). Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning.
Ingrown toenails occur when the edges or corners of your nails grow into the skin next to the nail. Your big toe is most likely to get an ingrown toenail. The physician will life the toenail, partially remove the nail, or remove the nail and tissue depending on the severity of your ingrown toenail
Lower Extremity Wound Care
Lower extremity wounds, such as leg and foot sores, often begin as relatively minor wounds. If left untreated, blisters and sores can become infected and chronic. This can be the result of a combination of problems including poor circulation, critical limb ischemia, diabetes and other medical problems.
Bunions develop slowly. Pressure on the big toe joint causes the big toe to lean toward the second toe. Over time, the normal structure of the bone changes, resulting in the bunion bump. This deformity will gradually increase and may make it painful to wear shoes or walk.
Hammertoe and mallet toe are foot deformities that occur due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. The type of shoes you wear, foot structure, trauma and certain disease processes can contribute to the development of these deformities.
Routine Diabetic Foot Management
A podiatrist is an important part of your diabetes health care team. Podiatrists are specifically trained to assess the nerve damage in your feet, identify your specific foot health risks, and help you come up with a treatment and prevention plan. Diabetes can impact your feet in a number of ways, and podiatrists help address those issues.
Corns and calluses are thick, hardened layers of skin that develop when your skin tries to protect itself against friction and pressure. If you're healthy, you need treatment for corns and calluses only if they cause discomfort. If you have diabetes or another condition that causes poor blood flow to your feet, you're at greater risk of complications from corns and calluses.
We treat a variety of athletic injuries. The most common injuries that are a result of hard impacts or sudden forces include ankle sprains, broken bones, and ruptured tendons. Other injuries we commonly see as a result of overuse or repetitive impacts over time include stress fractures, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis.
Flatfeet and Custom Orthotics
If you have flat feet you may notice that most, if not all, of the bottom of your foot comes into contact with the ground when you stand. The absence of an arch in your foot is known as flatfoot. This condition can happen to both children and adults. It can be corrected with shoe inserts, physical therapy and sometimes surgery.
Routine Nail Care
Toenails can become harder to reach, thick, and painful as you age. We typically see patients every 10 weeks for routine care, such as trimming of your toenails, to ensure patients are not cutting themselves or otherwise improperly trimming their toenails.
Lower Extremity Soft Tissue Masses
In order to diagnose and further assess a soft tissue mass, your physician will likely order imaging studies. Most such lesions are treated with surgical excision, but some may be conservatively managed.