Phoenix Foot Doctor

Foot Surgery Phoenix

Bunions and hammertoes are just two of the foot concerns that we handle at Desert Foot Surgeons. Our Phoenix foot doctor, Stephen Geller, DPM, can help. Both conditions can be the result of genetics as well as other possible causes.

85018 Foot Care

85018 Foot Care

A bunion is a bony protrusion that can occur at the base of your big toe, at the joint where it is attached to the foot. It can impede your ability to walk in a normal fashion and can cause discomfort and pain, sometimes severe. Pressure and friction from walking and from socks and shoes can lead to the formation of calluses too. In many cases, bunions develop due to too much pressure on the big toe joint because of the way you walk. Other outside causes include having flat feet, and wearing shoes that are too tight. At least partially because of the high-heeled shoes, women are more prone to bunions than men are. Treatment by our Phoenix foot doctor will often be dependent on the severity of the problem. For example, if you have a bunion that is not causing any pain or discomfort, you may need no treatment at all at that time. When treatment is necessary, it can be either lifestyle changes (such as wearing more comfortable shoes) to using bunion pads or arch supports to help redistribute the weight on your foot. In more severe cases, surgery may be needed to remove the bunion and give you relief from the pain and difficulty.

One of the possible causes of hammertoes is having bunions, so there is a connection as sometimes happens with foot problems. Hammertoe happens when the middle joint of your toe is stuck in a bent position. This is due to an imbalance between the muscle and ligament that surrounds the middle joint. Any toe can be affected by it. People with circulation problems or diabetes can become seriously impacted by a hammertoe and therefore should take special care to seek our Phoenix foot doctor if any difficulties occur. Other common causes of hammertoe besides genetics and bunions are arthritis and toe injuries. If your toe can still move freely, more comfortable shoes may be recommended possibly accompanied by orthotics. This will work to relieve the pressure on the foot and reduce the pain involved. Stretching and strength building exercise can also be a good idea. Surgery may be a last resort if other methods prove ineffective.

Hammertoe Surgery Phoenix
4901 N. 44th St #102
Phoenix, AZ 85018
602-490-8166

Phoenix Podiatrist

Podiatrist 85018

Here at Desert Foot Surgeons, our Phoenix podiatrist and the rest of our staff have plenty of experience in treating patients with diabetes. Diabetes often leads to complications involving the feet, and so it is important to have a professional like our Phoenix podiatrist available to you should any foot problems arise as a result of your diabetes. One example of a foot problem associated with diabetes is neuropathy, or nerve damage. Diabetic nerve damage can lessen you ability to feel heat, cold, or even pain in your feet. Neuropathy in the feet is dangerous because you could be walking around on a foot injury without feeling it. In some cases, the foot can become infected because you are unaware of an injury there. Nerve damage can also alter the shape of your feet and toes, in which case the use of therapeutic shoes may be necessary.

Another example of a foot issue associated with diabetes is changes to the skin. For some people, the feet begin to get very dry, and the skin might crack. Calluses are also more common occurrences for people with diabetes, because there are high-pressure areas under the foot. If calluses are not treated properly or build up too much, they can break and turn into open sores, or ulcers. Another common foot issue that our Phoenix podiatrist sees in diabetic patients is a lack of circulation. Decreased circulation makes it difficult for the feet to heal properly. As you can see, there are a number of foot problems that diabetes puts you at risk for. At Desert Foot Surgeons, we put an emphasis on keeping blood sugar levels under control to prevent these and other similar foot problems.

If you are interested in learning more about the various services provided by our Phoenix podiatrist, we encourage you to visit the informative Desert Foot Surgeons website for some additional details. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our services or another related topic, we encourage you to contact our staff for assistance. You can reach us either by phone or online. We look forward to working with you soon here at Desert Foot Surgeons.

Phoenix Diabetic Foot Care
4901 N. 44th St #102
Phoenix, AZ 85018
602-490-8166