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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
May 01, 2014
Category: Foot Care
podiatrist plantar fasciitis orthoticsNo, we aren’t talking about the miles on your car. This is about the miles and pressure you put on your feet on a daily basis. Let us ask a quick question—are you dealing with foot issues, such as heel pain?
 

What is plantar fasciitis?

Heel pain is formally called plantar fasciitis. It’s the pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the thick band of tissue in the foot. The plantar fascia is responsible for connecting the heel bone to your toes, acting as the shock absorber. Pain typically occurs when the foot isn’t limber. You may notice a sharp pain while walking, typically during the morning and after long periods of sitting.
 

Common sufferers of plantar fasciitis

Athletes, people who are overweight and women who are pregnant are common sufferers of plantar fasciitis. Why is that? For athletes, many of them are involved in sports that require strenuous footwork: running, jumping and kicking. During such physically demanding activities, the plantar fascia has to absorb a lot of shock. Over time, the band of tissue can start to wear and tear, causing inflammation and pain. People who are overweight or pregnant have extra weight added to the equation, also applying unneeded strain.
 

Treatment for plantar fasciitis in St. Louis

If you deal with chronic heel pain, you should talk to your St. Louis, MO podiatrists, Drs. Richard Wittock and Gabriel Cardenas. They can give you top-notch advice and treatment options, such as custom-fit orthotics in St. Louis.
 
When you are constantly on your feet, your shoes will start to wear out, decreasing foot support. Custom-fit orthotics are designed with your feet in mind, paying attention to your unique foot structure. For more information regarding custom orthotics in St. Louis, Fenton area, call Ankle and Foot Institute at (636) 717-1100.