Podiatry is all about keeping your feet healthy and functioning properly. The highly qualified health care team at Lagniappe Medical Clinic includes staff with specialist skills in podiatry who can help with a comprehensive range of podiatric treatments. With branches in Columbia, Blythewood, and West Columbia, there is a Lagniappe Medical Clinic in an ideal location for every resident of this region of South Carolina. Taking advantage of the podiatric services at Lagniappe Medical Clinic is the best way to keep your feet healthy, so call the clinic nearest you today to schedule an appointment, or use the online booking tool.
Podiatry is a medical specialty concerned with the health of your feet, ankles, and lower extremities.
There are all sorts of problems that can develop in the feet and ankles, as they have to work hard supporting your weight for a good part of the day, and very often they aren’t looked after as well as they could be.
There are also several medical conditions such as diabetes that can cause specific problems with feet.
One of the most common foot problems is athlete’s foot, which causes peeling, itching, and sore skin, often between the toes. These types of fungal infections thrive on the dark, warm, moist environment of your shoes and socks, and pass readily between people at places like communal changing rooms and swimming pools.
Many people also get hard, callused skin on their feet and ingrown toenails. It’s possible to treat such problems yourself, but far safer and more effective to get expert podiatric help from the team at Lagniappe Medical Clinic.
Other conditions such as corns, calluses, and bunions can occur because of friction and pressure where bony parts of the foot rub against your shoes. These types of foot problems are most likely to occur in people who wear ill-fitting shoes or high heels that force the feet and toes into an unnatural position.
You may also get warts on your feet or verrucae. Viruses cause these, and they can be painful particularly if they’re on a weight-bearing part of your foot. You can try over-the-counter remedies for warts, but they are often ineffective, and professional care is far more likely to eradicate your warts.
Another common problem is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the fibrous connective tissue that runs from your heel to your toes. It causes severe heel pain that can be quite disabling.
Podiatrists are experts in assessing the conformation of your foot and finding ways to relieve pressure points using custom orthotics that fit inside your shoes. Orthotics can help with many conditions including plantar fasciitis, corns, and bunions.
Podiatrists can also provide effective treatments for the viruses that cause warts, and the fungus that’s responsible for athlete’s foot. They can trim your toenails correctly to treat and prevent ingrown toenails, and safely treat areas of hard skin and calluses.
Podiatry is also essential in the care of people who have poor circulation due to factors such as age, diabetes, or obesity. Patients with diabetes are prone to infection and ulcers, and may even lose the foot as they have the added problem of neuropathy, but regular diabetic foot exams can reduce the risk significantly.
Look after your feet by calling Lagniappe Medical Clinic today to book a podiatry appointment, or use the online tool.