Why Visit A Podiatrist?

Podiatrist in Holly Springs, NC

A podiatrist is a specialist trained in diagnosis and treatment of foot, ankle, and toe conditions. Podiatrists complete several years of specialized training beyond medical school. Dr. LaWanda Bailey-Rayner at Foot Care Specialists, PLLC is here to help you with all of your podiatric care needs. 

Conditions a Podiatrist Can Treat

A podiatrist treats a wide variety of medical conditions. A podiatrist can help you heal from:

  • An accident involving your feet, ankles, or toes
  • A sports injury involving your feet, ankles, or toes
  • A chronic medical condition which has affected your feet, ankles, or toes

Specific medical conditions a podiatrist can treat include:

  • Bunions
  • Heel pain
  • Fallen arches
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Hammertoes
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Fungal toenail
  • Lateral ankle instability
  • Ankle sprains
  • Ankle fractures
  • Achilles tendon injuries

Common Treatments Provided by a Podiatrist

A podiatrist uses the latest technology to deliver treatments to aid healing, restore function, and restore mobility. Common treatments provided by a podiatrist include:

  • Custom orthotics and footwear to provide support
  • Shock wave therapy to eliminate heel pain
  • Prescription anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Antibiotics to kill bacteria causing infection
  • Laser therapy to destroy bacteria and fungi
  • Splints, casts, and other devices to improve mobility

When You Should Visit Our Podiatrist

You should visit our podiatrist if you have a chronic condition like diabetes or arthritis, which is affecting your feet, ankles, or toes. You should also visit a podiatrist if you are experiencing:

  • Severe foot, ankle, or toe pain that doesn’t go away or is getting worse
  • Ankle instability when you stand or walk
  • Chronic heel pain, especially when you stand and walk
  • Swelling in your feet, ankles, or toes which doesn’t resolve

How You Can Prevent Foot, Ankle, or Toe Injuries

You can do a lot to prevent injuries to your feet, ankles, and toes if you always wear appropriate footwear for the activity you are doing, and avoid going barefoot. You should also:

  • Do gentle arch, foot, and ankle stretches before activity
  • Wear protective gear when playing a sport
  • Clean floors free of objects that could cause foot injuries
  • Avoid cutting your toenails too short
  • Cut your toenails straight across
  • Avoid standing or walking on hard surfaces for long periods

To learn more about how a podiatrist can help improve your foot health, call Foot Care Specialists, PLLC in Holly Springs, NC at (919) 557-0300 to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve Fuquay-Varina, NC!