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Podiatry

SIPMD

Primary Care located in Phoenix, AZ

If you have foot or ankle problems like bunions, gout, or heel pain, you could benefit from seeing a podiatry specialist. SIPMD, based in Surprise, Arizona, has a network of experienced physicians delivering medical services such as podiatry to residents in assisted living, independent living, group homes, senior retirement, and memory care communities. You can benefit from their expertise in podiatry without leaving home, either by using SIPMD’s secure telehealth option or by arranging a home visit. To find out more, call or use the online booking form today.

Podiatry Q&A

What is podiatry?

Podiatry is the medical specialty concerned with your feet and ankles. Conditions that podiatry covers range from structural abnormalities to injuries and infections. You might need to see a podiatrist if you have conditions such as:

  • Athlete’s foot
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Corns and calluses
  • Bunions
  • Plantar warts (verrucae)
  • Toenail fungus
  • Gout
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Sprains and strains

One of the chief concerns in older people is foot problems resulting from diabetes.

Why is podiatry important for people with diabetes?

If you have diabetes, it can affect your feet in two ways. First, high sugar levels in your blood damage the blood vessels and reduce the circulation to your feet. 

Second, diabetes can cause a complication known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This condition affects the nerves and may cause tingling or pain in the feet and often numbness.

Numbness in your feet could mean you don’t realize when there’s damage to your skin. Open sores (ulcers) can then develop because poor circulation affects your body’s healing ability. Diabetic ulcers can become large, painful wounds that are difficult to cure and prone to infection.

In severe cases, infected ulcers can turn gangrenous, leading to amputation. The podiatry services SIPMD provides can help you avoid getting ulcers and treat any wounds that appear to reduce your risk of serious complications.

What podiatry services might I need?

SIPMD offers a range of podiatry services to keep your feet and ankles healthy. They can diagnose and treat injuries like ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis and carry out routine diabetic foot checks. 

Your provider can also expertly trim your toenails and treat problems like corns safely to ensure you don’t damage your feet.

If you have painful foot problems like plantar fasciitis or bunions, you might benefit from using orthotics (inserts you wear in your shoes). Your provider can advise you on the correct orthotics and the best kinds of footwear for your podiatric conditions.

If you have gout, you might need medication to reduce the pain and frequency of your gout attacks. Your SIPMD provider also prescribes treatments like antibiotics for infections and antifungal preparations for toenail fungus and athlete’s foot.

To arrange a podiatry appointment, call SIPMD or use the online booking form today to schedule a telehealth consultation or home visit.