Podiatry: Expert Treatment for Foot and Ankle Disorders

Podiatry: Expert Treatment for Foot and Ankle Disorders

What types of foot and ankle problems does a podiatrist treat?

We offer diagnosis, medical treatment, and surgical care for a wide assortment of disorders, diseases, and deformities of the feet and lower limbs such as sores and wounds, ingrown toenails, hammertoes and bunions, flat feet, heel pain, calluses, cysts, corns, warts, gout, tendonitis, stress fractures, sports injuries, and arthritis.

How do you diagnose and treat arthritis of the foot and ankle?

Arthritis in the foot or ankle can result in inflammation, swelling, joint pain, and difficulty walking. We will make a diagnosis after taking a medical history and performing a physical examination and additional tests. We will offer many types of nonsurgical and surgical treatments. With proper treatment, patients with arthritis are able to manage pain and lead active lives.

Can ingrown toenails be permanently removed?

We offer a successful treatment for ingrown toenails that is relatively painless and in most cases permanently removes the ingrown toenail. There are very few complications associated with this procedure and normal activities can usually resume the following day.

How do you treat poor circulation?

Peripheral vascular disease, or poor circulation, is a gradual thickening or hardening of the arteries resulting in poor circulation to the feet and legs. Good podiatric care is critical to successfully managing the disease. Some of the symptoms are changes in the skin color and skin temperature; cramping pain in the calf muscle; and infections and sores. We recommend a complete evaluation and assessment of foot circulation; proper care of toenails, corns, calluses, and other foot conditions; management of wounds, sores, and infections; and periodic reassessments.

Do you treat non-healing foot sores and wounds?

We are both certified wound specialists and offer a comprehensive approach for treating patients with non-healing sores and wounds. We assess each patient’s underlying causes that led to the chronic wound and recommend an individualized treatment plan to meet the specific needs of the patient.

Is there a treatment for diabetic patients with advanced foot ulcers? We are both trained in the use of a bio-engineered skin replacement used to help close diabetic and other circulation related foot ulcers. When the replacement skin is placed on the ulcer, it is gradually absorbed and human cells grow into place and replace the damaged skin. The living cells produce many of the same proteins and growth factors found in healthy skin, which helps replace and rebuild the damaged tissue in a diabetic foot or leg ulcer.

By Hal Goolman and W. Kemp Schanlaber, DPM

W. Kemp Schanlaber and Hal Goolman are board certified podiatrists based at the Whitefield Physicians Office.  For more information or for an appointment, please call 603-788-5095.