Podiatry Blog
By Ankle and Foot Institute
December 31, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is caused by a fungal infection. Some signs of toenail fungus include brittleness, yellowing, or thickening of the nails. Left untreated, the infection can spread to other areas and cause additional health concerns. A podiatrist can recommend several effective treatment options. Dr. Richard Wittock, the skilled podiatrist at Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis, can treat your toenail fungus and help prevent it from returning.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungus
The fungal infection that causes toenail fungus can be the result of several factors, including an injury to the nail plate or a history of athlete’s foot. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or circulatory problems, can also increase the possibility of developing a fungal infection on the toenails.

Several symptoms are associated with toenail fungus. See a podiatrist promptly for treatment if you develop any of the following signs of a possible fungal infection:

  • Thickening of the nails
  • Brittle nails that flake
  • Yellowing of the nails
  • White patches on the nails
  • Darkening of the skin beneath the nails
  • Loose toenails

There are some steps you can take to prevent toenail fungus, such as keeping the feet clean and dry. Another way to help prevent infection is by wearing shoes that fit properly and are not too tight. Other ways to prevent infection include wearing protective footwear at public pools and in shared locker rooms and showers. Disinfecting nail clippers and other pedicure instruments regularly is also helpful for avoiding infection.

Treatments for Toenail Fungus
Several methods are available for treating toenail fungus. Some common treatment options include topical ointments and creams, oral anti-fungal medications, and surgical removal of the affected toenails. However, we utilize a revolutionary new treatment method at our podiatry office in St. Louis.

Using our innovative treatment method, toenail fungus can be successfully eliminated in about three treatment sessions in nearly 90 percent of causes involving mild to moderate infection. More severe cases often require additional treatments. One of the reasons our revolutionary treatment approach is so effective is that it penetrates deep inside the nail and targets the source of the fungal infection rather than just treating the surface of the nail. Following treatment, the toenails will grow back healthy and free of infection. There will be no more unwanted symptoms, such as yellowing or discoloration.

If you have toenail fungus, our revolutionary treatment approach that gets to the root of the problem can restore the health of your toenails. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Wittock to learn more about our treatment for toenail fungus by calling Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis at (636) 717-1100.

By Ankle and Foot Institute
December 31, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: podiatrist  

How your podiatrist in St. Louis, Missouri can help you and your feet feel better

A podiatrist is a foot doctor, specially trained to treat foot and ankle conditions. There are many benefits to having a podiatrist, especially when it comes to the health of your feet. You can visit your general practice doctor or internist for problems with your feet, but they may not be able to help you. When you have a podiatrist, you are being seen by a specialist who knows anything and everything about your feet.

Dr. Richard F. Wittock at Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis, Missouri offers a wide range of podiatry services, and he can help you and your feet feel better.

Your feet and ankles are important because they carry you through your life. If your feet and ankles hurt, you may be stuck on the couch! When you have a podiatrist, you will enjoy many benefits, including:

Excellent diabetic foot care, which can mean the difference between healthy feet and toes, and potentially losing toes or feet due to inadequate blood flow, nerve damage, diabetic ulcers, and other conditions specific to people with diabetes.

Comprehensive foot and ankle care, which is especially important if you are an athlete or play sports; you may be prone to a sports injury like a sprained or broken ankle, a stress fracture in your foot, or a broken toe. People who work out are also susceptible to athlete’s foot, a fungal condition that is easily acquired from wet, warm areas like gyms, locker rooms, or showers.

Toe and nail problems, which can make it difficult and painful to put on shoes; common toe and nail conditions treated by your podiatrist include ingrown toenails, hammertoe, fungal toenail, and others.

Your podiatrist is also an expert on orthotics and custom footwear; this is especially important if you suffer from conditions like a hammertoe, bunions, plantar fasciitis, and other common foot and ankle problems.

For foot and ankle conditions, a podiatrist is a must. To find out more about the benefits of having a podiatrist, talk with one today. Call Dr. Richard F. Wittock of Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis, Missouri at (636) 717-1100. Call today!

By Ankle and Foot Institute
August 07, 2020
Category: Foot Care

If you’re dealing with regular bouts of heel pain, then you may want to read this.

It’s normal for most of us to deal with heel pain at some point during our lifetime. After all, we’re on our feet most of the day, putting them through the abuse of high heels, long pavement-pounding runs, and worn-out, unsupportive shoes. So, if you find yourself prone to plantar fasciitis, our St. Louis MO and Fenton MO podiatrist Dr. Richard Wittock can offer up some useful tips to help you prevent heel pain in the future. Here’s how.

Shed Excess Weight

Being overweight or obese can put a lot of added pressure on your feet when standing, walking, or running. Over time, this can lead to issues like chronic plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and bunions. This is why it’s a good idea to maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI). Even just losing 10-15 pounds can significantly improve how your feet function.

Choose the Footwear

If you work out regularly, it’s important that you are not only wearing the appropriate shoes for the activities you perform but that you also replace your tennis shoes regularly. It takes about 45-60 hours before the soles of the shoes start to wear, so based on the level of activity you participate in each week this could equate to replacing tennis shoes as often as every 3-4 months or at least once a year. When you are choosing footwear have a shoe specialist measure your feet first to make sure you get shoes that fit perfectly from the get-go.

Consider Custom Orthotics

Another way that our St. Louis MO podiatrist can help you prevent plantar fasciitis in the future is by providing you with custom-made shoe inserts. These inserts can provide your feet with additional support and cushioning when playing sports or even when standing on your feet for long periods. Orthotics can cushion the heels and arches of your feet and even redistribute weight evenly throughout your feet.

Add in Low-Impact Exercises

While a longer run may boost endorphins and make you feel happy, doing runs every day can put quite a toll on your body. If you find yourself dealing with heel pain regularly then you may want to cut back on the intensity or duration of your runs and add in other low-impact activities such as swimming or biking. You can still get a great workout in, but the exercises will be kinder to your feet and joints.

Dealing with recurring or severe heel pain? Since plantar fasciitis can turn chronic, you must have a podiatrist here in St. Louis and Fenton MO that can provide you with immediate and effective care. Call Ankle and Foot Institute at (636) 717-1100 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Wittock.

By Ankle and Foot Institute
May 22, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Orthotics   Heel Pain  

At Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Richard Wittock provides podiatric care which addresses heel pain. Customized orthotics are one of his most effective interventions. Learn more about these simple devices.

What causes heel pain?

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause, states the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. There are other potential causes--a heel spur, plantar wart, arthritis or even fracture from overuse. Obesity and standing in one place for too long can irritate any one of these problems, but podiatrists such as Dr. Richard Wittock agree that biomechanical issues mostly are to blame.

What are the biomechanics of foot and ankle structure? They relate to how you put your feet on the ground. Is your gait unbalanced, placing too much pressure on the forefoot or heel, or do you pronate, or twist, your foot toward the midline as you walk or run? Repeated enough, this biomechanical defect leads to plantar fasciitis and its discomfort.

What can you do about heel pain

When you come into Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis, your foot doctor will examine your feet, including how you walk. He'll take x-rays or other types of imaging as needed. With a definite diagnosis in hand, he can plan your treatment.

Typically, heel pain responds well to rest, ice, and elevation--the simplest of first aid interventions. Losing weight helps, too, as does wearing low-heeled, well-supportive foot wear. Over the counter medications relieve pain and swelling.

Additionally, Dr. Wittock may advise wearing customized shoe orthotics. Orthotics fit right inside your everyday shoes, providing support, cushioning and protection.

In the case of heel pain, Dr. Wittock may cast your feet for functional orthotics. The semi-rigid materials in these inserts correct gait problems, provide balance for your muscles, and support the arch of the foot. Functional orthotics work well for athletes as they control foot and ankle movement and cushion your feet to remove undue stresses on the heel.

Heel pain can be managed

If you're in pain, don't delay! Contact St. Louis's expert on heel pain and orthotics, Dr. Richard Wittock at Ankle and Foot Institute. Phone the office team for a personal consultation: (636) 717-1100.

By Ankle and Foot Institute
April 23, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Long days of standing can do a number on your feet, and if you are suffering from foot problems such as bunions or hammertoes, the pain can be even greater.

If foot discomfort has you reaching for the nearest chair and putting off walks or exercise, it's time to consider custom orthotics from Dr. Richard Wittock of the Ankle and Foot Institute in Fenton/St. Louis.

Unlike the cookie-cutter insoles or liners that you find at the drugstore, orthotics from our Fenton/St. Louis office are tailored to meet your specific needs, giving you long-lasting comfort so that you can go through your day pain-free.

How do I know if orthotics can help me?

If foot pain has become a constant issue and you aren't finding relief from over-the-counter remedies, orthotics can likely work for you. Orthotics from our Fenton/St. Louis office can be especially helpful if you have foot deformities, plantar fasciitis, bunions, bursitis, shin splints, back pain, high arches, flat feet, arthritis, diabetes, or hammertoes.

How are orthotics different from store-bought shoe liners?

Orthotics work by keeping your feet properly aligned so that they don't become irritated or sore. Whereas pre-made shoe inserts or liners are often flimsy and need to be hand-cut to size, orthotics from our Fenton/St. Louis office are designed for your specific feet, with customized materials and sizing.

At our Fenton/St. Louis office, we create only the best orthotics, made to be durable, comfortable, and effective. Our orthotics provide cushioning and support so you can exercise, walk or even just stand without your feet feeling restricted.

We offer orthotics in three styles: rigid, soft, and semi-rigid, each designed with a specific purpose, from absorbing shock to providing balance, in mind.

If you could use a little spring in your step, call the Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis at 636-717-1100 to see what orthotics can do for you!





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