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Blue Ridge Foot Centers is here for all your foot care needs. Dr. Daniel Waldman is a board-certified podiatrist who teaches surgery internationally and can help you with any foot ailment. Visit us if you are experiencing foot pain in Asheville, NC.
Your feet take a lot of impact every day so foot pain is common, but we can help pinpoint the cause of your pain and start treatment. Having pain in your feet causes you to compensate for it while walking, which can lead to other injuries and problems. If you have foot pain and you've never seen a foot doctor, it's important for your diagnosis and treatment to see your podiatrist as soon as possible.
Common causes of foot pain
A very common cause of foot pain in Asheville, NC, is poor footwear choices. Shoes with high heels or narrow toe boxes force the toes together and contribute to bunions, hammertoes, calluses on the feet, and other foot deformities. Comfortable footwear that supports the arch and gives the toes room to wiggle can help you avoid a lot of foot woes! There are some of the common foot conditions we can help treat:
- Plantar fasciitis or heel pain happens when the thick band of muscle that runs along the sole of the foot becomes inflamed
- Neuromas are benign growths of nerves between the toes, another thing tight shoes can agitate
- Ingrown toenails happen when the edge of the toenail digs into the skin of the toe
- Heel spurs are growths on the underside of the heel bone and can be very painful
- Stress fractures are cracks in the bone caused by overuse. They can heal quickly with rest, but without treatment, they can also become complete fractures that will require a cast
We can help treat any of these foot conditions and more. If you have foot pain in Asheville, NC, visit Blue Ridge Foot Centers at blueridgefoot.com. Contact us for an appointment with Dr. Waldman at 828-254-5371.
Your podiatrist in Asheville, NC, can help with bunion pain.
Bunions can keep you from enjoying life, making even the most simple tasks, like putting on shoes, difficult or impossible. Bunion treatment has been around for a while, but now there is an exciting new way to treat bunions and get you back on your feet. It’s called Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction.
Dr. Daniel Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, offers comprehensive foot care services, including innovative bunion surgery with Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction. Dr. Waldman is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Pediatric Surgeons. He teaches the latest procedures in foot surgery including minimal incision technique.
The more traditional ways of treating bunions include:
- Wearing custom-fit orthotics or footwear
- Shaving calluses and corns to relieve friction
- Surgical treatment, known as a bunionectomy
Now, there is a new, more effective way to treat bunions, known as Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction. It works because unlike traditional methods, lapiplasty eliminates bunions by working in three dimensions, correcting the underlying joint misalignment and instability.
Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction works because it uses instruments specifically designed to move the entire bone back into its normal position, which straightens the toe and removes the bump. The unstable joint is secured with two small titanium plates, to keep your toe and foot in alignment and prevent the bunion from recurring. The technology works so well that patients are able to get back on their feet only days after surgery.
Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction has many advantages over traditional surgery. Consider that Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction:
- Doesn’t require casting
- Is weight-bearing within days
- Allows you to walk in a surgical boot within 6 weeks, which is 6 to 8 weeks sooner than traditional bunion surgery
To find out more about bunion treatment using 3D Bunion Correction and other foot and ankle services, call Dr. Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, at (828) 254-5371, or visit his website by clicking here. Call or visit the site today!
Corns are basically rough, thickened dead skin patches that commonly appear on bony or raised portions of the feet. These usually form due to constant pressure and friction from tight footwear. In some people, corns aren’t really that bothersome, and simple home treatments will suffice to remove them.
In others, however, they can become extremely sore and painful and will need proper medical treatment. Fortunately, some treatments can help get rid of corns and keep them away for good. If you’re having problems with corns, you can consult with your board-certified podiatrist in Asheville, NC, Dr. Daniel Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers, to determine your treatment options.
Corns are easy to spot, so your podiatrist will simply inspect your feet to determine whether you have corns and rule out other possible causes of thickened dead skin patches like cysts or warts. If your podiatrist suspects that your corn might be caused by a physical abnormality in your foot, he’ll order an x-ray for confirmation.
Getting Rid of Corns
If simple treatments such as wearing loose and breathable footwear and padding the affected area fail to work, or you’re dealing with recurrent and/or painful corns, your podiatrist in Asheville, NC, might recommend the following treatments:
- Shaving Thickened Skin: This is done through the use of a scalpel and must only be performed by your podiatrist to avoid infection.
- Custom Orthotics: If you’ve previously tried OTC orthotics that didn’t give you the relief you need, your podiatrist will prescribe customized orthotic devices that will be tailor-made for you. These can help treat your corns and keep them from coming back.
- Medicated Pads: Your podiatrist may likewise recommend medicated pads and other medications for treating your corns. The main purpose of these pads is to deliver certain acids when fitted over the corns and break down the thickened skin to make it softer and easier to remove. You should only use these under the guidance of your podiatrist, particularly if you have diabetes.
- Surgical Intervention: If a foot abnormality, like an internal bone misalignment, is causing recurrent corns, surgery may be necessary. The procedure can effectively keep the corns from coming back by getting rid of the source of constant friction and pressure.
Need Relief From Your Corns? We Can Help
Call 828-254-5371 to arrange a consultation with your board-certified podiatrist in Asheville, NC, Dr. Daniel Waldman, here at Blue Ridge Foot Centers. Dr. Waldman also teaches surgery nationally and internationally, including the latest Minimal incision technique.
Sometimes life gets hectic -- we rush to shower, dry off some, and then shove our damp feet into tight shoes. Every once in a while, our feet may start constant itching, signaling that we may have developed athletes' foot. Clear it up with Dr. Daniel Waldman at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC. Dr. Waldman is board certified, teaches surgery nationally and internationally, including the latest minimal incisions, and can help you get itch-free.
Here are some tips to take care of your feet at home while getting rid of your foot fungus:
- Keep your feet cool and dry. Make sure that your socks are clean, fresh, and do not have any moisture in them. Foot fungus, also called tinea pedis, need a warm wet environment to thrive.
- Do not share personal belongings. Foot fungus is contagious, so it is critical to change all bedding, socks, shoes, and other items that might have come in contact with the infected foot.
- Wear shower shoes. Whether at the pool, after a shower, in the gym, try wearing shower shoes. It lessens the risk of a fungal infection of the foot.
- Use over the counter medication. Many drugstores carry affordable creams that are specially formulated to destroy foot fungus. When used as directed, these topicals can give you results in just a few days.
- Change your diet. Many yeasts and fungi thrive on sugars that are introduced to the body by diet. Try to reduce your starch and sugar intake as you take action to heal your infection.
While these tips can be quite effective, sometimes patients have to take a prescription oral medication to clear things up. Dr. Waldman can counsel you on which course of action to take and answer any questions you may have about your treatment.
Contact Blue Ridge Foot Centers, serving Asheville, NC, at 828-254-5371 to schedule a consultation.
Are you concerned about getting another ingrown toenail? At Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, your board-certified podiatrist can help you prevent another episode of this common foot problem. Dr. Daniel Waldman helps many patients just like you have healthy nails and well-functioning feet.
A deformed toenail
How does an ingrown toenail happen? Onychocryptosis, as podiatrists call it, happens when the corner of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin. Usually, the big toenail is involved, says Healthline, and pain, tenderness, redness, and infection may result.
Factors contributing to an ingrown toenail include:
- Incorrect nail trimming
- Wearing shoes which are too snug in the toe box
- Inherited foot structure
- Wearing sweaty, poorly-fitting socks
- Trauma to the toe
- Repeated pressure to the toe through sports (kicking a ball, dancing)
Treatment typically involves soaking the foot at home and the use of pain medication as needed. However, when symptoms continue or worsen, you should see your podiatrist in his Asheville, NC, office for an eyes-on exam.
Dr. Waldman may recommend partial nail removal, an in-office procedure performed with a local anesthetic. The National Health Service says this surgery works 98 percent of the time.
Preventing ingrown toenails
These are the steps you can take to avoid, or lessen the severity of, onychomycosis:
1. Trim your toenails straight across with a sharp, clean pedicure tool. Do not round the corners.
2. Wear shoes that are roomy and well-fitting, placing no pressure on the big toes.
3. Washing and drying your feet daily to avoid fungal infections, such as Athlete's foot.
4. Changing your socks daily, or whenever they are sweaty or wet.
5. Wear safety shoes at work (with steel toes to protect against trauma).
6. See your podiatrist right away at the first sign of redness or pain.
Contact Blue Ridge Foot Centers
Dr. Daniel Waldman can help you with a variety of foot health problems, including ingrown toenails. He is nationally and internationally known for his advanced surgical methods, including the latest in minimal incisions.
Call our Asheville, NC, office for an appointment with this outstanding podiatrist: (828) 254-5371. Or, contact us through our website: www.blueridgefoot.com.