Dr. Harper Offers A Wide Variety Of
Treatments For All Foot Types:
Treatments specialized around your needs:
Nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the skin, often causing infection are referred to as "ingrown". They are frequently caused by improper nail trimming but also by shoe pressure, injury, fungus infection, heredity, and poor foot structure. Toenails should be trimmed straight across, slightly longer than the end of the toe, with toenail clippers. If the ingrown portion of the nail is painful or infected, Dr. Harper can remove the affected portion; if the condition reoccurs frequently, Dr. Harper can permanently remove the nail and eliminate the condition.
This common problem can generally be traced to faulty biomechanics which place too much stress on the heel bone, ligaments, or nerves in the area. Stress could result while walking or jumping on hard surfaces, or from poorly made footwear. Being overweight is also a major contributing factor. Some general health conditions - arthritis, gout, and circulatory problems, for example - also cause heel pain.
Growths of bone on the underside of the heel bone are referred to as Heel Spurs. They can occur without pain; pain may result when inflammation develops at the point where the spur forms. Both heel pain and heel spurs are often associated with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the long band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot. Treatments may range from exercise and custom-made orthotics to anti-inflammatory medication or cortisone injections.
Discuss your treatment options with Dr. Harper by contacting his office today for an appointment.
DIABETIC FOOT DISORDERS:
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that affects the lives millions of people and millions more are unaware that they even have the disease.
The disease is marked by the inability to manufacture or properly use insulin, and impairs the body's ability to convert sugars, starches, and other foods into energy. The long-term effects of elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) are damage to the eyes,heart, feet, kidneys, nerves, and blood vessels.
The term "hallux valgus" or "hallux abducto valgus" are the most commonly-used medical terms associated with a bunion deformity, where "hallux" refers to the great toe, "valgus" refers to the abnormal rotation of the big toe commonly associated with bunion deformities, and "abducto" refers to the abnormal drifting or inward leaning of the big toe towards the second toe, which is also commonly associated with bunion disorders.
Bunions are caused when tendons, ligaments, and supportive structures of the first metatarsal (big toe) are no longer functioning correctly.
Viruses that enter the skin through small cuts and infect the skin cause Plantar Warts. Children, especially teenagers, tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults. Most warts are harmless and benign, even though painful and unsightly. Warts often come from walking barefooted on dirty surfaces or littered ground. There are several simple procedures which Dr. Harper might use to remove warts.