Patients seeking podiatry services can find the medical treatment they need at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso, Michigan. Memorial Healthcare Podiatry is located within Memorial Healthcare’s Center for Orthopedics at in the NOW Building on the main campus of Memorial Healthcare. The experienced team is equipped with leading technology and skills to provide top-quality care, helping patients in Shiawassee County and surrounding areas find solutions for ankle and foot conditions that affect daily life.
Podiatry is a field of medicine that deals with foot and lower leg issues. These can arise due to natural causes, trauma, or another issue. Podiatrists can treat a variety of injuries and complications from chronic, overarching health conditions, such as diabetes. There are several reasons a patient may visit a podiatrist, including seeking treatment for the following conditions:
- Sprains, strains, and bone fractures: From sports injuries to accidents, podiatrists help patients repair damaged bones and joints.
- Ingrown toenails: This occurs when the side or corner of the nail is pressing into the toe. Ingrown toenails often cause pain, irritation, and swelling.
- Toenail fungus: This type of infection lies beneath the nail’s surface and causes changes in its color and quality.
- Warts: A soft-tissue condition, warts are caused by a virus. While most warts are harmless, others can be painful.
- Bunions: When a joint at the base of the big toe enlarges or moves out of place, a bunion develops. Bunions cause the big toe to bend toward the others and the joint at the base to protrude. Smaller bunions can form at the joint of the little toe, as well.
- Hammertoes: Affecting the middle joint of the toe, this foot deformity develops due to an imbalance in the tendons, ligaments, or muscles that would otherwise keep the toe straight.
- Heel spurs: This condition is caused by a calcium buildup that develops at the bottom of the heel bone.
- Plantar fasciitis: A common cause of heel pain, this condition occurs when the thick band of tissue in the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes becomes inflamed.
- Achilles tendinitis: An overuse injury, this condition affects the band of tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone.
- Neuromas: This is a benign growth of nerve tissue typically found between the third and fourth toes. It can cause pain, a burning sensation, tingling, and numbness.
- Foot pain: If unknown foot pain is affecting everyday mobility, a podiatrist can examine the area and provide recommendations to alleviate the issue.
- Pediatric foot issues: If a child’s feet appear flat or their toes are misaligned, a podiatrist can recommend exercises, braces, surgery, and other treatments.
A podiatry care plan is carefully crafted to meet the needs of each patient. Depending on the condition, the podiatrist may recommend surgery. Non-invasive treatments, such as shoe inserts and custom orthotics, may be recommended as an alternative to provide the comfort and support needed to alleviate the issue.