Meet Our Physicians - Kentucky Foot & Ankle Specialist in Louisville, Bowling Green, KY and New Albany, IN (2022)

Our philosophy for patient care involves a conservative and preventative approach. Our practice provides a dedicated practitioner who uses latest medical techniques to ensure the best individualized care. An initial office visit will address specific complaints, and use diagnostic, radiological, and gait analysis tests for examination. Preventive care is a big part of practice especially for diabetic population. Most of the problems we see can be treated with conservative treatment, such as physical therapy, foot orthoses, and modification of activity. We also perform foot and ankle surgery when needed. Treatment is individualized based on diagnosis, and personal situation. The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our physician's training, professional credentials, and work experience.

Syed Ahmed, DPM, 2021

Meet Our Physicians - Kentucky Foot & Ankle Specialist in Louisville, Bowling Green, KY and New Albany, IN (1)

Medical Education:
Barry University, Miami Shores FL
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, May 2003

Loyola University, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Psychology, 1998

Residency:

36-MONTH RESIDENCY
Loyola University Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation.
Edward J. Hines Veterans Administration Medical Center, Surgical Service, Podiatry Section.
Maywood, Illinois.

12-MONTH RESIDENCY
Mercy Hospital/Barry University, Miami FL
Primary Podiatric Medical Residency (PPMR), Certificate of Residency June 2004

Dr. Ahmed attended Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Psychology. He then attended medical school at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, and obtained his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. He attended both a 36-month residency as well as an additional 12-month residency program. He has wound care privileges at Baptist Health Floyd in addition to his podiatric privileges.

Dr. Ahmed is described by patients as having a great bedside manner, sweet, and kind-hearted. We are fortunate to have him acting as our 2021 Medical Director. Job Duties of the Medical Director position include mentoring/training physicians, working with Human Resources to ensure staff are properly trained, among others. He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling, at times. Dr. Ahmed’s hobbies include doing anything his six-year-old daughter tells him to do, cooking, reading, and drawing.

Luc Bibeau, DPM, Current Fellow

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Medical Education:
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, North Chicago, Illinois
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, May 2018

Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and Biochemistry, 2013

Residency:
36-MONTH RESIDENCY Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Denver, CO

Memberships/Certification:
Member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Dr. Bibeau attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and graduated with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Biology and Biochemistry. He then attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, Illinois, and obtained his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. He completed a 36-month residency at Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. He is currently completing a 12-month fellowship with Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists.

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Philip John Carolin, DPM, Current Fellow

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Medical Education:
Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, May 2018

Oklahoma State University (OSU), Stillwater, Oklahoma
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minors in Biochemistry & Chemistry, May 2014

Residency:
36-MONTH RESIDENCY West Penn Hospital Surgical Residency, June 2021

Memberships/Certification:
Member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Dr. Carolin attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in Biochemistry and Chemistry. He then attended medical school at Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine and obtained his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. He completed a 36-month residency at West Penn Hospital Surgery Residency program. He is currently completing a 12-month fellowship with Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists.

Dr. Amanda Denzik (formerly Dr. Amanda Ray) , DPM

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Medical Education:
Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and Science-Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine: North Chicago, IL

Residency:
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center: Hartford, CT

Dr. Denzik was born in Indiana and grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana. She attended Butler University for undergraduate education where she played saxophone for the Wind Ensemble and Arthur Jordan Saxophone Quartet. She obtained her degree in Biology and then went on to complete her medical education at the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Denzik earned her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree in 2011, graduating in the top 10% of her class. She then completed her three-year surgical residency training at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

While at St. Francis, she served as co-chief resident and co-authored several publications. During her residency, Dr. Denzik completed a two-month rotation at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics in Baltimore, Maryland where she was exposed to pediatric cases and complex deformity correction.

She has extensive training in bunion surgery, diabetic wound care, foot deformities, cosmetic foot issues, and sports medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys running and cheering on the Butler Bulldogs!

Dr. Angela Didyk, DPM

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Residency:
36-MONTH RESIDENCY
Resurrection Healthcare, Chicago, IL

Dr. Didyks’ approach to treating patients:
“My philosophy for patient care is to treat each person for his or her specific needs, taking into account lifestyle and overall medical and physical abilities. I enjoy being able to tailor a treatment plan that fits into each patient's personal needs. I work closely with primary care providers to ensure continuity of care. An initial office visit will address specific complaints, and use diagnostic, radiological, and gait analysis tests for examination. We then work together to determine whether surgical or conservative care is most appropriate. Ultimately, I respect that a patient is in charge of his or her healthcare.“

Dr. Didyk has a particular interest in addressing diabetic preventative care, sports medicine, and pediatric issues. She especially enjoys working with people who have special needs of all types.

Outside of the office, Dr. Didyk enjoys spending time with her loved ones, especially outdoors. She is always on the lookout for a great book as well!

Medical Interests:

  • Pediatric treatment of sports injuries, skin and nail issues, orthotic evaluations
  • Preventative care for patients who have diabetes and peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation)
  • Sports medicine issues such as heel pain, sprains, fractures, and ankle instability
  • Deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, cysts
  • Skin and nail issues (thick nails, warts, unexplained changes to texture, etc.)

Jennifer Benge-Emery, DPM

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Medical Education:
Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and Science,- Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, North Chicago, IL
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology

Residency:
36-MONTH RESIDENCY John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County and Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Dr. Benge is a Kentucky native and was raised in Harrodsburg, KY. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She received her podiatric degree from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her 36-month residency program at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County and Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Benge enjoys educating patients about their foot problems so that they can become an active part of their own treatment, and her philosophy in patient care involves a conservative approach to treatment before considering surgical corrections. In her spare time, she is a big UK fan and loves spending time with her husband, Daniel, and her twin boys.

Medical Interests:

  • Forefoot deformities
  • Biomechanics
  • Orthotics fabrication
  • Sports injuries
  • Diabetic foot care

Nicholas P. Ferro, DPM

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Hometown: Anderson, Indiana
Undergraduate: Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Podiatry School: Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine

Residency:
St. Vincent Residency Podiatry Program.

Dr. Ferro was born in Indiana and grew up in Anderson and South Bend Indiana. He attended the University of Ball State for undergraduate education, where he played football for the Cardinals. He also worked at St. John’s hospital ICU part of the St.Vincent health system, while completing his undergraduate education. He then went to The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland.

Nick chose St. Vincent’s Podiatry program because of his past work experience with the St. Vincent health system and diverse center of education and training. Nick has a strong interest in foot/ankle surgery and diabetic wound care as well as the future of diabetic wound care. In his spare time Dr. Ferro enjoys spending time with his wife, Lauren and his children, as well as running half-marathons with his wife, cooking, walking his dog, Rocco and enjoying quality time at Churchill Downs.

Syed A. Khader, DPM

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Medical Education:
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine

Residency:
Loyola University Medical Center Maywood, IL.

My approach to treating patients:
My philosophy for patient care involves a conservative and preventative approach. Our practice provides a dedicated practitioner who uses latest medical techniques to ensure the best individualized care. An initial office visit will address specific complaints, and use diagnostic, radiological, and gait analysis tests for examination. Preventive care is a big part of practice especially for diabetic population. Most of the problems I see can be treated with conservative treatment, such as physical therapy, foot orthoses, and modification of activity. I also perform foot and ankle surgery when needed. Treatment is individualized based on diagnosis, and personal situation.

Medical Interests:

  • Forefoot Reconstructive Surgery:
    Bunions, hammertoes and other deformities.
  • Diabetic Foot Disorders:
    Prevention and treatment including care for ulceration and infection.
  • Foot Injuries:
    Foot fractures, sprains, and dislocations; open, crushing and penetrating injuries of the foot.
  • Arthritis of the Foot:
    Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the foot, heel pain and tendonitis.

Paul J. Klutts, DPM

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Medical Education:
Barry University, Miami Shores FL
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, May 2007L
Barry University, Miami Shores FL
Master of Science, May 2005
Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA
Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Minor in Chemistry, May 2003

Residency:
36-MONTH RESIDENCY University of Louisville/Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky

Board Certifications:
Diplomate, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery®
Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery®
Certified in Reconstructive Rearfoot /Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery®

Professional Memberships:
Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Dr. Klutts is originally from Louisiana and has been practicing in the Louisville, Kentucky area for over 10 years, moving to the area after completing a 3-year surgical residency at the University of Louisville/Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. While in residency, Dr. Klutts served as Chief Resident as well as the Young Member Liaison for the state of Kentucky for the American Podiatric Medical Association. He is a lifelong member of Pi Delta Podiatric Honor Society.

Dr. Klutts has a particular interest in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and has numerous journal publications and has even lectured abroad on the subject. He is also passionate about teaching and giving back to his profession which lead to him becoming the Fellowship Director of the Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship program at KYINFAS. In his role as Fellowship Director, he shares his knowledge and expertise with new surgeons that are wanting to hone their surgical skills. In his spare time, Dr. Klutts enjoys working out, reading, hiking, and spending time with his family.

Medical Interests:

  • Forefoot Reconstructive Surgery:
  • Bunions, hammertoes and other deformities.
  • Diabetic Foot Disorders: Prevention and treatment including care for ulceration and infection.
  • Foot trauma, fractures, sprains, and dislocations; open, crush, and penetrating injuries of the foot.
  • Arthritis of the Foot:Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the foot, heel pain and tendonitis.

Jasmine N. Neal, DPM, MBA

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Medical Education:
California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University Oakland, CA

Residency Training:
Dekalb Medical Center Decatur, GA

Fellowship Training:
Kentucky/ Indiana Foot & Ankle Specialists
Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery

Graduate Degree:
University of Louisville College of Business Master of Business Administration

Dr. Neal was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then completed her medical education at California School of Podiatric Medicine.

She completed her three-year surgical resident training at Dekalb Medical Center in Decatur, GA. Dr. Neal served as Chief resident and was acknowledged as Resident of the Year during her senior year. While in residency, Dr. Neal lectured as a resident member of The Podiatry Institute of which she is now a faculty member.

Dr. Neal completed her fellowship at Kentucky/Indiana Foot & Ankle Specialists specializing in foot and ankle reconstruction.

Recently, Dr. Neal earned her MBA degree at University of Louisville.
Dr. Neal hopes to continue enhancing her knowledge base and preparing for the rapidly shifting state of healthcare both in the U.S. and globally.

Christopher C. Saccone, DPM

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Medical Education:
Western University of Health Sciences

Residency Training:
University of Louisville School of Medicine

Fellowship Training:
Dermato-pathology

My Approach to Treating Patients:
Dr. Christopher Saccone is a foot and ankle surgeon in Louisville, Kentucky at the offices of Kentucky Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics at Sonoma State University, where he graduated Magnum Cum Laude, class valedictorian, Dean’s list member, an NCAA academic All-American in collegiate golf, and a Presidential Scholar, he attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California (one of only ten colleges that specializes exclusively in the treatment of Foot and Ankle disorders). Dr. Saccone graduated first in his medical school class, attaining the honor of Magnum Cum Laude, served as class President, along with being inducted into the distinguished national honor society, Phi Delta, for graduating in the top 10% of his medical class.

Dr. Saccone then completed an intensive 3-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Certification in Louisville at Kentucky One Health and associated University of Louisville Hospitals. He served as Chief Resident Surgeon in his final year of training. During his surgical residency training, Dr. Saccone completed additional advanced training in dermato-pathology. Dr. Saccone has published scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as presented his publication and lectured in Belgium at the International Orthopedic Trauma Association conference.

Dr. Saccone serves as an attending physician and surgeon for the fellowship program for the medical group Kentucky Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists. Dr. Saccone specializes in all aspects of foot and ankle trauma, diabetic limb salvage, elective cosmetic and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery as well as advanced micro-vascular surgical techniques. Dr. Saccone also has expertise in dermato-pathologic conditions affecting the lower extremity as well as being highly surgically trained in minimally invasive procedures of the foot and ankle including arthroscopic and endoscopic techniques and interventions. Dr. Saccone is looking forward to the privilege and honor to serve his local community in all lower extremity ailments.

Mehvish Seyal, DPM

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Medical Education:
New York College of Podiatric Medicine, New York NY
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, May 2016

Bellarmine University, Louisville KY
Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2011

Residency:
48-MONTH RESIDENCY
Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Podiatry New York, NY

Dr. Seyal is a Kentucky native who grew up in Louisville. She completed Bachelor of Science from Bellarmine University in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and had opportunity to work with a local brewery to do research on identifying different species of microbes involved in making bourbon and rum from sour mash. She obtained her degree in podiatric medicine from New York college of podiatric medicine in New York.

She completed her extensive 4-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Certification in New York by attending Mount Sinai Beth Israel. She served as chief resident in the last two years of her residency and had comprehensive training in Charcot and wound care as well as trauma. The primary focus during her residency was Charcot reconstruction using external fixators as well local wound care on diabetic and Charcot patients.

Dr. Seyal stays up to date with the latest treatment options that are evidence based. In her spare time, she loves to travel internationally as well as spending time with her family and cooking/baking.

Medical Interests:

  • Charcot management with conservative and surgical techniques
  • Forefoot Reconstructive Surgery: Bunions, hammertoes, and other deformities.
  • Diabetic Foot Disorders: Prevention and treatment including care for ulceration and infection.
  • Trauma: Foot fractures, ankle sprains, and dislocations; open, crushing, and penetrating injuries of the foot.
  • Arthritis of the Foot: Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the foot, heel pain and tendonitis.

Daniel E. Whitney, DPM

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A native of Teaneck, New Jersey, Dr. Whitney completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. He received his doctorate in podiatric medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and served his podiatric residency in Youngstown, Ohio.

FAQs

What doctor is best for foot pain? ›

Podiatrists are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of foot, ankle and lower extremity issues. It's best to visit a podiatrist like Dr. Roderick Hunter Jr., if you're experiencing foot pain.

Who specializes in disorders of the feet? ›

Foot and ankle doctors, also known as podiatrists, provide care for patients of all ages and treat a wide variety of conditions. Foot doctors are trained to diagnose and treat problems with the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, and skin of the feet.

What professionals can help with foot care? ›

Essentially both a chiropodist and podiatrist are a foot doctor which both look at foot problems and care for foot health. Chiropody is an historic term which has been used throughout the centuries to describe someone that specialises in the health and well-being of your feet.

Can a GP diagnose foot problems? ›

Physical therapy may also help your symptoms. Your family doctor or general care physician can examine your foot to find out what is causing your pain. Tests and scans for foot pain include: blood test.

What kind of doctor should I see for swollen feet and legs? ›

If you experience swelling that does not go away on its own, make an appointment to see your primary doctor. If the issue doesn't improve, ask your doctor for a referral to a vascular specialist.

Do podiatrists treat ankle problems? ›

Podiatrists provide care for bones, soft tissues and joints of the foot and ankle, but also the skin conditions and abnormal mechanics of the lower extremity,” says John Giurini, DPM, Chief of the Division of Podiatric Surgery at BIDMC.

What are two of the most common issues at the foot and ankle complex? ›

Five Common Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Achilles Tendonitis or Tear. The largest tendon in the body, the Achilles connects the two primary calf muscles to the bone in the heel. ...
  • Ankle Sprain. ...
  • Stress Fractures of the Foot. ...
  • Fractures of the Ankle. ...
  • Plantar Fasciitis.
15 Feb 2019

What is one of the most common disorders of the foot? ›

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. The condition occurs when the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. This ligament is responsible for supporting the foot's arch.

What is the most common foot type disorder? ›

The following are some of the most common foot conditions:
  • Bunions. ...
  • Plantar fasciitis. ...
  • Gout. ...
  • Ingrown toenails. ...
  • Corns and calluses. ...
  • Stone bruises. ...
  • Morton's neuroma. ...
  • Diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is a group of foot conditions caused by diabetes.
10 Apr 2019

What is the difference between a foot health practitioner and a podiatrist? ›

A foot health practitioner carries out general duties to keep feet healthy and in working order. They usually need to complete a diploma to practice. A podiatrist, on the other hand, is a specialist in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders affecting the feet and lower limbs.

What is the difference between a foot doctor and a podiatrist? ›

Podiatrists complete four years of higher education at a school of podiatry to receive their medical certification. They follow their podiatry education with two to three years of residency. Foot and ankle specialists receive additional advanced training to treat traumatic injuries of the lower leg, ankle, and foot.

How do I keep my toenails healthy as I age? ›

Care for your toenails.

Trim toenails keeping the edges aligned with the tips of the toes. Because nails become more brittle as we age, they're typically easier to trim after a foot soak. Be sure to cut toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails.

What are common foot problems in older adults? ›

One in three adults over the age of 65 experience foot pain, stiffness, or aching. Some of the most common foot problems in older adults include bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, ingrown, thickened or discolored nails, diabetic foot conditions, poor circulation, and heel pain.

What are swollen ankles a symptom of? ›

Common causes of swollen ankles, feet and legs

eating too much salty food. being overweight. being pregnant. taking certain medicines – such as some blood pressure medicines, contraceptive pills, hormone therapy, antidepressants or steroids.

Why do the bottom of my feet hurt when I walk? ›

Pain in the bottom of your foot is often caused by exercise, such as running, wearing shoes that are too tight or a condition, such as Morton's neuroma. Some people also have a foot shape that puts extra pressure on the bottom of the foot. Hard or cracked skin or a verruca can also cause this type of pain.

Does walking help swollen legs? ›

Exercise-The most effective forms of exercise to help combat leg swelling are swimming, walking, and biking. Exercising in a pool is a great form of exercise for swelling because the water applies full-body compression. This helps fluid travel from the tissues to the vessels getting fluid back into the circulation.

Can blocked arteries cause swollen ankles? ›

Overview of peripheral artery disease

PAD restricts blood from getting to your extremities. It can cause discoloration of your feet or legs, swelling in your legs, numbness, tingling, pain, sores or cuts that don't heal, and difficulty walking.

What is good for swollen feet and ankles? ›

Home Care
  • Put your legs on pillows to raise them above your heart while lying down.
  • Exercise your legs. ...
  • Follow a low-salt diet, which may reduce fluid buildup and swelling.
  • Wear support stockings (sold at most drugstores and medical supply stores).
  • When traveling, take breaks often to stand up and move around.

Is it better to go to a podiatrist or orthopedist? ›

As a general guideline, if you have an injury, condition, or symptoms affecting your foot or ankle health, it's best to see a podiatrist. If you have an injury, condition, or symptoms affecting any other part of your musculoskeletal system, it's best to see an orthopedic physician.

What can you do for ankle pain? ›

Self-care
  1. Rest. Keep weight off your ankle as much as possible. ...
  2. Ice. Place an ice pack or bag of frozen peas on your ankle for 15 to 20 minutes three times a day.
  3. Compression. Use a compression bandage to reduce swelling.
  4. Elevation. ...
  5. Over-the-counter pain medications.

What foot conditions do podiatrists treat? ›

Some of the medical conditions podiatrists treat include heel pain (plantar fasciitis), foot complications from diabetes, ankle and foot arthritis, nerve problems, tendonitis, hammertoes, flat feet, nail disorders, bunions, warts, fungus, fractures, and sprains.

What foot conditions require surgery? ›

Conditions that may need surgery include bunions and hammer toes, ankle arthritis, Achilles tendon disorders and plantar fasciitis.
  • Bunions. ...
  • Hammer toes. ...
  • Metatarsal. ...
  • Ankle arthritis. ...
  • Achilles tendon disorders. ...
  • Morton's neuroma. ...
  • Tibialis posterior disorder. ...
  • Plantar fasciitis.

How can I get my feet to stop hurting? ›

Trying more than one of these recommendations may help ease your foot pain faster than just doing one at a time.
  1. Draw a foot bath. ...
  2. Do some stretches. ...
  3. Practice strengthening exercises. ...
  4. Get a foot massage. ...
  5. Buy arch supports. ...
  6. Switch your shoes. ...
  7. Ice your feet. ...
  8. Take a pain reliever.
21 Nov 2018

What is the most common ankle surgery? ›

The modified Brostrom procedure is the most common surgical procedure used for ankle reconstruction, primarily to repair the anterior talofibular ligament. This procedure tightens the lateral ankle ligaments, usually by detaching the ligaments on the fibula and reattaching them in a tighter position on the bone.

What are signs of diabetic feet? ›

Tingling, burning, or pain in your feet. Loss of sense of touch or ability to feel heat or cold very well. A change in the shape of your feet over time. Loss of hair on your toes, feet, and lower legs.

What is the most common foot pain? ›

Injury, overuse or conditions causing inflammation involving any of the bones, ligaments or tendons in the foot can cause foot pain. Arthritis is a common cause of foot pain. Injury to the nerves of the feet may result in intense burning pain, numbness or tingling (peripheral neuropathy).

What diseases are associated with foot pain? ›

Peripheral arterial disease, arthritis, and diabetes can cause serious foot pain. If you have one of these diseases, you need to know how the health of your feet could be affected.

What do spots on the bottom of your feet mean? ›

Red spots or patches can be caused by conditions or diseases ranging from athlete's foot to allergies to blisters. Be sure to monitor the spots on your feet to ensure they do not worsen. Most causes are not serious and are easily treated at home.

What are 3 common pathologies of the ankle foot? ›

Common ankle disorders include:
  • sprains (injury to ligaments)
  • fractures.
  • tendonitis (inflammation of the tendons)
  • arthritis (chronic inflammation of joints)

How do I know if my foot pain is serious? ›

Seek immediate medical attention if you:

Have severe pain or swelling. Have an open wound or a wound that is oozing pus. Have signs of infection, such as redness, warmth and tenderness in the affected area or you have a fever over 100 F (37.8 C) Are unable to walk or put weight on your foot.

What can a foot health practitioner do? ›

Foot health practitioner jobs involve offering advice to clients and treating common foot health problems such as bunions, corns and calluses. The job also involves cutting nails, removing hard skin, treating veruccas, in-growing nails and helping to prevent pain when clients are moving around.

What does a foot technician do? ›

Their services often include cutting and filing toenails and fingernails, corns and callus, preventing and treating fungal nail infections and carrying out general check-ups on feet.

Are foot health practitioners regulated? ›

There is no statutory regulation of training, standards or their professional actions for the growing number of Foot Health Practitioners (FHPs).

Do podiatrists cut toenails? ›

In most cases, yes; they regularly assist patients with toenail care. While cutting toenails may seem like a simple matter of grooming, there are actually many patients who have problems with their toenails or feet that prevent them from cutting them without professional help.

Can a podiatrist remove a toenail? ›

Toenail removal is a simple procedure and usually takes no more than twenty minutes. It can be performed on an outpatient basis in your podiatrist's office. To start, your doctor will inject a local anesthetic into your toe to prevent pain.

Who is the best foot surgeon in the United States? ›

Alan MacGill, Named One of U.S.'s Top Foot & Ankle Surgeons in 2020 by BECKER'S - Spine & Orthopedic Center.

Does Vicks help toe fungus? ›

Vicks VapoRub is a topical ointment. Although designed for cough suppression, its active ingredients (camphor and eucalyptus oil) may help treat toenail fungus. A 2011 study found that Vicks VapoRub had a “positive clinical effect” in treating toenail fungus.

What is the white hard stuff under my toenails? ›

Nail fungus is a common infection of the nail. It begins as a white or yellow-brown spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection goes deeper, the nail may discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge.

Why are old people's toenails so thick? ›

The growth rate of nails decreases when people get older. This results in thickening because nail cells pile up. The process of nail cells piling up is referred to as onychocytes. Another reason why fingernails don't thicken as much is their growth rate is smaller than the growth rate of toenails.

Should I see a podiatrist or orthopedist for foot pain? ›

As a general guideline, if you have an injury, condition, or symptoms affecting your foot or ankle health, it's best to see a podiatrist. If you have an injury, condition, or symptoms affecting any other part of your musculoskeletal system, it's best to see an orthopedic physician.

What is the difference between a foot doctor and a podiatrist? ›

Podiatrists complete four years of higher education at a school of podiatry to receive their medical certification. They follow their podiatry education with two to three years of residency. Foot and ankle specialists receive additional advanced training to treat traumatic injuries of the lower leg, ankle, and foot.

What is the difference between a podiatrist and an orthopedist? ›

The only discernible difference between them is that an orthopedist manages parts of the foot and ankle that pertain to the bones, soft tissues and joints, while a podiatrist manages the same areas, but also the biomechanics and dermatology of the foot and ankle.

When should you see a doctor for foot pain? ›

Schedule an office visit if you:

Have persistent swelling that doesn't improve at all after two to five days of home treatment. Have persistent pain that doesn't improve after several weeks. Have burning pain, numbness or tingling, particularly involving most or all of the bottom of your foot.

What foot conditions do podiatrists treat? ›

Some of the medical conditions podiatrists treat include heel pain (plantar fasciitis), foot complications from diabetes, ankle and foot arthritis, nerve problems, tendonitis, hammertoes, flat feet, nail disorders, bunions, warts, fungus, fractures, and sprains.

Who is the best ankle surgeon in the United States? ›

Alan MacGill, Named One of U.S.'s Top Foot & Ankle Surgeons in 2020 by BECKER'S - Spine & Orthopedic Center.

Do podiatrists cut toenails? ›

In most cases, yes; they regularly assist patients with toenail care. While cutting toenails may seem like a simple matter of grooming, there are actually many patients who have problems with their toenails or feet that prevent them from cutting them without professional help.

Do I need to see a podiatrist for plantar fasciitis? ›

Patients who have heel pain that is stopping them from doing daily activities, that keeps getting worse, has not improved, or who also have diabetes should consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment for the pain. Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient.

Does a podiatrist treat nail fungus? ›

Your podiatrist can help you take care of not only your feet and ankles, but also your toenails. One very common condition that podiatrists treat are fungal toenail infections.

What is the difference between orthopedic and orthopaedic? ›

“Orthopaedics” is commonly regarded as the British and academic spelling of the term while “orthopedics” can be considered its Americanized version; however, you may see these spellings used interchangeably.

Should a podiatrist perform surgery? ›

More specifically, a podiatrist is trained to be a doctor of podiatric medicine and can perform surgery, prescribe drugs, and order lab tests. A podiatrist can also treat and perform surgery for common foot problems such as ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, foot ulcer treatment, corns, calluses and more.

Does a podiatrist do Achilles tendon surgery? ›

Podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons perform Achilles tendon surgery. A foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon specializes in musculoskeletal problems of the foot and ankle.

How do podiatrists treat cracked heels? ›

One of the most common techniques podiatrists use to remove fissures is called debriding. During a debriding procedure, a podiatrist uses a small scalpel or similar tool to scrape and cut away dried-out and damaged skin. Sometimes, they may also use a small, sander-like device to further wear down fissures.

What are the signs of arthritis in your feet? ›

Symptoms of Arthritis in Your Feet
  • Trouble standing or putting weight on your feet.
  • Tenderness when touching the affected joints.
  • Pain when moving your ankles or feet.
  • Redness or swelling of affected joints.
  • Swelling or discomfort even when resting.
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What are common foot problems in older adults? ›

One in three adults over the age of 65 experience foot pain, stiffness, or aching. Some of the most common foot problems in older adults include bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, ingrown, thickened or discolored nails, diabetic foot conditions, poor circulation, and heel pain.

Can foot pain be related to heart problems? ›

Swelling: When heart failure happens, it can make fluid build-up in the body, causing feet and ankles to swell. This can also happen in other body parts, leading to rapid weight gain. Numbness and Pain: When these symptoms occur in the feet it can be an indication of peripheral artery disease.

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