Podiatry Blog
By Ankle and Foot Institute
September 13, 2021
Category: Foot Care

Toenail fungus can make you self-conscious about your feet. Your podiatrist, Dr. Richard Wittock of Ankle and Foot Institute, offers Laser treatment for toenail fungus in Fenton, MO, also serving St. Louis, MO.

Laser Treatment For Toenail Fungus

Your podiatrist uses a laser to remove the toenail fungus. This allows new healthy toenails to grow out. You may need multiple treatments over three months to completely eradicate the toenail fungus. Each laser treatment session lasts only a few minutes.

You won't see the healthy toenails immediately after your laser treatment. While the laser kills the toenail fungus, you'll still need to wait for the regrowth of healthy toenails. It generally takes about 6-12 months for your new healthy toenail to grow completely.

The Benefits Of Laser Treatment For Toenail Fungus

Laser treatment is an effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is approved by The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has shown significant success in patients. Benefits of laser treatment for toenail fungus in Fenton, MO, and St. Louis, MO, over traditional toenail fungus treatments include:

  • It's Painless - The laser treatment for your toenail fungus is completely painless and you won't feel any discomfort.
  • No Recovery Time - You can go back to your daily activities right after your procedure and there's no recovery time.
  • It's Quick - You won't have to deal with lengthy treatment sessions with laser toenail fungus treatment. Each session lasts only about 10-15 minutes. So, you can squeeze your procedure into your lunch break.
  • It's Effective - Laser treatment is approved by the FDA for toenail fungus treatment. Studies show that laser is effective at killing the toenail fungus so that new healthy toenails can grow out.
  • No Side Effects - There are no unpleasant side effects of laser toenail fungus treatment.

If you're struggling with toenail fungus that's making you uncomfortable, your podiatrist can help. Call Dr. Wittock of Ankle and Foot Institute, at (636) 717-1100 to discuss getting laser treatment for toenail fungus in Fenton, MO, also serving St. Louis, MO.

By Ankle and Foot Institute
June 23, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Your podiatrist in Fenton, MO also serving St. Louis, MO, can help your feet feel better.

Orthotics can help more than just your feet. Orthotics can help relieve pain in your legs and back too. They can help you walk better, and they are an easy, non-invasive treatment for foot conditions like plantar fasciitis. Your podiatrist can determine which orthotics are perfect for your feet and your lifestyle.

Dr. Richard Wittock at Ankle and Foot Institute in Fenton, MO also serving St. Louis, MO, offers comprehensive foot care services, including orthotics, to help your feet feel better.

So, how can you tell if you might need orthotics? You can benefit from orthotics if you:

  • Have foot pain that doesn’t go away
  • Have pain in your legs and back
  • Have difficulty or pain when you walk
  • Have a foot condition like plantar fasciitis
  • Run, jog, or practice an activity that causes foot stress

You also might need orthotics if you have:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
  • A traumatic injury to your feet
  • Balance or walking problems

If you think you might need orthotics, it’s time to visit your podiatrist. Dr. Wittock will perform a comprehensive examination of your feet, including evaluating the way you walk. Looking at the way you walk can help determine how much stress your feet experience when you walk.

There are several types of orthotics, and your podiatrist can help you decide on the best one. You can choose from:

  • Soft orthotics, which are made of soft materials. They can help your balance and walking, and they can help cushion your feet by relieving pressure. Soft orthotics are an excellent choice if you have diabetes or arthritis.
  • Semi-rigid orthotics, which are a combination of both soft and hard materials. They are an excellent choice for pediatric foot problems, sports injuries, or sports-related stress.
  • Rigid orthotics, which are made of hard materials. They are an excellent choice if you have muscle or tendon pain in your feet or legs.

Orthotics can help relieve pain and improve your quality of life. To learn more about how orthotics can help your feet, call Dr. Wittock of Ankle and Foot Institute in Fenton, MO also serving St. Louis, MO, at (636) 717-1100 now!

By Ankle and Foot Institute
May 12, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: plantar fasciitis  

Your podiatrist in St. Louis, MO, can help your feet feel better

If you are experiencing heel pain that never goes away, you could have more than just heel pain. You could have plantar fasciitis! It’s a condition where the thick band of tissue that runs across your heel becomes inflamed. The pain can be severe, affecting your ability to stand and walk. It’s often caused by overpronating or rolling your feet when you walk.

The good news is, your podiatrist can help. Dr. Richard Wittock of Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis, MO, offers comprehensive podiatry services, including treatment for plantar fasciitis pain.

There are several factors that can increase your risk of plantar fasciitis. It’s a common condition among runners, joggers, tennis players, and others who experience high foot stress. You are also at risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you:

  • Are between 40 and 60 years old
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have flat feet
  • Walk or stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time
  • Wear old, unsupportive shoes

So, how do you know if you have plantar fasciitis? There are some common signs and symptoms to pay attention to, including:

  • Stabbing pain in the heel of your foot and your arch
  • Increasing foot pain when you wake up and stand
  • Increasing foot pain after you exercise
  • Increasing foot pain when you rise from a seated position

For mild plantar fasciitis pain, there are a few simple therapies you can try, including:

  • Stretching your arches daily
  • Applying ice to your heel several times each day
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
  • Switching to more supportive footwear

For moderate to severe plantar fasciitis pain, seeing your podiatrist is the best option. At Ankle and Foot Institute, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises
  • Applying ice to your foot
  • Wearing custom-made orthotics
  • Prescription-strength medications
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)

To find out more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of plantar fasciitis, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Richard Wittock of Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis, MO, at (636) 717-1100. Call now, and help your feet!

By Ankle and Foot Institute
March 01, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics   Arthritis  

Our feet may be the most over-worked and unappreciated parts of our bodies. It is amazing how they can support us while we walk, run, and jump wherever we please. However, with age and overuse, our feet can develop painful arthritis which can stop us dead in our tracks. If you are experiencing foot pain in your joints and muscles do not hesitate to see your St. Louis, podiatrist Dr. Richard Wittock at his Fenton, MO location. This pain could be the sign of developing arthritis, but, with the help of a professional podiatrist, you can get orthotics to reduce the pain and accommodate your feet.

How do Orthotics Help With Arthritis?

Orthotics are special insoles for shoes that are designed to support the specific needs of your feet. There are many over-the-counter options, but a podiatrist can design superior custom orthotics from molds of your feet. These custom orthotics address the specific areas of your feet that need the most support. They can reduce inflammation caused by arthritis by comforting the joints and reducing the stress put on them.

Orthotics are more than just a comfortable shoe, they are an essential part of your arthritis recovery journey. Together, along with medication, therapy, and proper foot care, orthotics work to reduce joint inflammation so you can move unhindered. If you are interested in orthotics to treat your arthritis visit your St. Louis Podiatrist at the Ankle and Foot Institute in Fenton, MO. With the help of Dr, Wittock, you can live life with less pain.

Your foot is a complex system of muscles, joints, and tendons. Every part is subject to the wear and tear of everyday life. Ease that burden with comfortable and reliable orthotics from a professional foot doctor. Whether you have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout, orthotics can help your feet move freely.

To schedule an appointment with the Ankle and Foot Institue call (636) 717-1100 or visit their office in Fenton, MO. Dr. Wittock will care for your feet with gentle hands. If you live in St Louis and have arthritis in your feet, find out if orthotics are right for you.

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.

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