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Podiatry FAQ

Below are a few general questions and answers about podiatry.

Are the services of a podiatrist covered by my health insurance?
Foot and ankle services provided by podiatrists are usually covered by health insurance plans. However, it is best to contact our office to confirm your insurance plan is accepted.

What causes sore feet?
Injury, overuse or conditions causing inflammation involving any of the bones, ligaments or tendons in the foot can cause foot pain. Arthritis is a common cause of foot pain. Injury to the nerves of the feet may result in intense burning pain, numbness or tingling (peripheral neuropathy).

Why are my toenails becoming thick and discolored?
Changes in your toenails may be a sign of an underlying condition. Toenails that have grown thicker over time likely indicate a fungal infection, also known as onychomycosis. Left untreated, thick toenails can become painful.
What are bunions?
Bunions form at a joint. That’s where the toe bends normally when you walk. But when you have a bunion, all of your body weight rests on it each time you take a step. It can hurt when you walk. And, because your shoe likely rubs against it, a bunion can also cause calluses to form.

What are the causes of bunions?
Bunions can run in the family. They may be just one of many problems caused by weak or poor foot structure. Sometimes, they develop with arthritis. If one of your legs is longer than the other, you may develop a bunion on the big toe of the longer one. Women are more likely to get them than men. That’s because wearing tight shoes -- and especially high heels -- pushes the foot bones into an unnatural shape over time.

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Additional Links:


         American Board Foot and Ankle Surgeons

         Foot Health Facts