Dr. Oexeman is available to treat foot and ankle ailments such as nerve injuries, heel pain, tendonitis, and sports injuries.
Ankle sprains are very common injuries with more than 3 million suffered each year in the US. They occur when the ligaments in the ankle are severely stretched or torn. Medical attention will be necessary to rule out a fracture, as often it is difficult to tell the full extent of the injury.
A bunion is a bone deformity usually occurring at the base of the big toe. This is a progressive condition that is made worse by inward pressure from tight shoes. Bunions can be very painful, and in some instances surgery may be necessary to remove them.
Flat feet is a condition where the entire, or nearly entire, bottom of the foot meets the ground when standing. Depending on the severity, symptoms of flat feet can range from severe pain to non-existent.
Hammertoe is a characterized by one or more of the toes having a bend in the middle joint. This occurs because of weakening of the muscle due to poorly fitted shoes or a genetically inherited trait.
Diabetes and Your Feet
Diabetes is a systemic illness that can affect many different parts of the body. This is especially true for the feet. Proper foot screening is incredibly important for diabetic patients and any kind of cut or sore should be taken very seriously.
A heel spur is a bony protrusion that occurs on the heel. It is often confused with plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament. When a heel spur is painful it can make it quite difficult to walk.
Nerve Injury and Pain
Nerves relay messages from the central nervous system to the rest of the body, helping it to move muscles, feel sensations, control bodily functions, and more. If any of these nerves become damaged, their ability to transmit these messages is affected (neuropathy) and there may be pain and other symptoms (neuropathic pain).
Foot drop can occur as a symptom of several underlying conditions. The most common cause is peripheral neuropathy, a type of nerve damage that affects the limbs.