A chronic infection caused by various types of fungus, Athlete’s foot is often spread in places where people go barefoot such as public showers or swimming pools. The condition ranges from mild scaling and itching to painful inflammation and blisters. It usually starts between the toes or on the arch and may spread to the bottom and sides of the foot.
Depending on the type of infection you have, various kinds of medication may be used in treating your fungal problem. Successful treatment usually involves a combination of medication and self-care.
If your condition is not serious, over-the-counter and prescription powders, lotions, or ointments can often help treat scaling, itching, and inflammation. Consult us before taking any medication. Foot soaks may help dry excessive perspiration, but you should contact our office first. If your Athlete’s foot does not improve, we may prescribe stronger medication.
Foot surgery is a necessary podiatric treatment when the foot and ankle problem does not respond to conservative, non-surgical treatments. Depending on your individual foot and ankle problem, there are many types of foot and ankle surgery that can be performed by Dr. Alan Robbins, including:
• Bunion surgery
• Hammer Toe surgery
• Heel Spur surgery
• Metatarsal surgery
• Nail surgery
• Neuroma surgery
• Reconstructive surgery
• Skin surgery
• Tendon surgery
The most common foot problems are bunions, hammertoes, heel spurs, ingrown toenails, neuromas, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures.
You may need foot and ankle surgery if you have been trying conservative treatments for your foot and ankle problem, but see no improvement in the pain or deformity level. However, only Dr. Alan Robbins can diagnose the need for foot and ankle surgery.
If surgery is needed, Dr. Alan Robbins will evaluate your medical history, current medical conditions, allergies, and current medications. Possible diagnostic tests such as bloodwork, urinalysis, EKG, x-rays, and a blood flow study may be required prior to surgery. Depending on your specific surgical procedure, you will also receive detailed instructions on what to expect and how to prepare for your surgical procedure.
What can I expect after foot and ankle surgery?
Your expectations following foot and ankle surgery depend largely on the type of procedure you are undergoing. However, most surgical procedures will require postoperative care consisting of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Additionally, you may be equipped with bandages, splints, surgical shoes, casts, crutches, or canes after your foot and ankle surgery to aid with your recovery. Depending on your specific surgical procedure, you will be given detailed instructions on your postoperative care.