Podiatry - Podology Marbella
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Dr. Manuel González Arteaga - Marbeclinic MarbellaA chiropodist is a doctor who specializes in feet. In other words, a chiropodist is a podiatrist. If your heel or foot nail hurts, who should you call? A chiropodist!. If you've never heard of a chiropodist, that's because this word, especially in American English, has been eclipsed by its synonym podiatrist. The two words share the Greek root pod- (meaning "foot"). A chiropodist was originally a hand and foot doctor, but in many parts of the world today chiropodist is used instead of podiatrist to designate a foot doctor.
Podiatric biomechanics involves the assessment of the structure, alignment and function of the feet and legs.Podiatric biomechanics involves the assessment of the structure, alignment and function of the feet and legs. The foot is the only part of the human body which is unique to the human which is why we are able to walk upright. It has developed specifically so that it can adapt to the surface upon which we walk.The average person takes between 5,000 to 18,000 steps per day. This low-grade but repetitive motion can place stress on the foot, legs, pelvis and spine predisposing to pain and discomfort.
Our Podiatry Service provides assessment and advice for all patients who suffer with foot related problems.
Treatments Include: Curative and preventative treatment of ulceration. Curative, palliative and preventative treatment for corns and callus. Preventative and palliative treatment of foot complications associative with diabetes. Palliative and preventative treatment of abnormalities as a result of rheumatoid arthritis. Surgical correction of ingrown toenail. Toenail cutting. Curative treatment of verruca.
Healthy feet will carry you wherever you need to go.
Corns and calluses
These are thickened areas of hard or soft skin that are caused by excessive pressure or rubbing. People who wear poorly fitting shoes and/or do a lot of running and walking are more likely to develop corns and calluses. These will usually form on the balls of the foot and the heel. Although gentle rubbing with a pumice stone or foot file can remove superficial areas of hard skin, a chiropodist will tackle the root cause of corns and calluses through orthotic care. Special padding, insoles and strapping will be provided to prevent rubbing and alleviate any pressure on the feet. If the corns and calluses do not respond to chiropody treatment, they may need to be removed with soft tissue surgery.
An ingrowing toenail refers to the way a nail cuts into the skin next to it rather than growing straight. This can cause a lot of pain and inflammation, and can increase the risk of infection. Ingrowing toenails can also make it difficult to walk comfortably. Chiropody treatment involves regular nail trimming and advice on self-care. Appropriate footwear will also be recommended. In some cases, soft tissue surgery will be needed to remove the nail altogether.
This is a common fungal infection that thrives in moist warm areas of the skin - particularly between the toes. Symptoms include itchy, damp and soggy skin, and in some cases cracking, flaking and bleeding. Foot doctors will most likely prescribe special creams, ointments and powders. They will also implement chiropody treatment to tackle any fungus that has spread to the toenails.
Fungal nail infections
Fungal nail infections are caused by the same fungus that triggers athletes foot. Symptoms include nail deformity, discolouration and crumbliness. Chiropody treatment will typically involve oral medication to kill the fungus, and nail cutting to expose the infected nail bed to a lighter, cooler environment. A chiropodist will also advise on appropriate footwear and self-care tips. Sometimes fungal nail infections are caused by injury. This allows the fungus to creep in and multiply under the nail. A foot doctor will provide extra care and treatment for this.
Dry and cracked heels
The skin around the heel tends to be thicker than other parts of the foot. When it becomes too dry and lacking in moisture it can lead to splits and cracking. In some cases the deep fissures will completely break apart and bleed. This can be very painful and uncomfortable. A chiropodist will recommend balms or special creams that contain moisturisers to help. They will also check for infections in open wounds and treat accordingly. Again advice will be given on footwear to prevent the condition from worsening or returning.
Flat feet is where some people’s feet have low arches or no arches at all. It tends to be a hereditary condition, and for some it does not cause any major problems. Others will endure constant pain and discomfort. This is because flat feet can put a strain on muscles and ligaments, causing pain in the legs, the inside of the ankle, and in the knee, hip or back. A chiropodist can teach exercises and provide foot orthotics to ease symptoms.
This is a bone deformity of the joint at the base of the big toes. It is where the big toe points towards the other toes and the foot bone attached to it bulges outwards. While genetics can play a part, wearing poorly fitting shoes over a long period of time can cause bunions. The condition can change the shape of your foot, cause swelling and make walking painful. A chiropodist will generally treat bunions and toe deformities in the form of foot orthotics. They will suggest wide comfortable footwear made of softer material and will provide insoles to slow down more joint changes and improve foot function. A foot doctor may also consider felt or gel padding to prevent rubbing and will remove any areas of hard skin to aid comfort. In more severe cases, a chiropodist may suggest patients seek surgery to have their bones realigned.
Plantar Warts - Foot Papilloma
Papillomas or plantar warts are small circumscribed hyperkeratotic benign lesions and they are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), belonging to the family of papovavirus. There are over 100 different genotypes of human papilloma virus, but those who cause papillomas, plantar warts, are the genotypes 1, 2, and 4. The population most at risk of infection by plantar papilloma is teenagers and individuals with high stress or with low immune function. Plantar warts are thick, painful overgrowths of skin on the soles of the feet. They are often mistaken for simple calluses. In MARBECLINIC we treat plantar warts (papillomas) with non-invasive procedures, without affecting the daily life of the patient, and ensuring the complete elimination of the wart.
People with diabetes are at much greater risk of developing problems with their feet, due to the damage raised blood sugars can cause to sensation and circulation. If left untreated, these problems can cause foot ulcers and infections and, at worst, may lead to amputations. However, most foot problems are preventable with good, regular foot care. So remember to keep an eye on your feet at home, and make sure that you get a quality foot check from a properly trained person at least once or twice a year.
After a biomechanical study the diagnosis will determine whether the patient suffers from any alteration, and the test results will help to prevent potential injuries common amongst runners, like sprains, heel spurs, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, strains and other injuries, or sore toes and joints. The treatment of the injuries entails the use of adequate athletic shoes and, in some cases, the prescription of additional corrective elements; that is, insoles, in every case personalized and parameterized to meet each patient’s needs.
Pediatric Podiatrist | Child Foot Doctor | Childrens Podiatry
We have a special interest in the growth and development of children’s feet. Children and toddlers may suffer from a rwide ange of foot problems. Children may begin to walk anywhere between the ages of 8 to 18 months. So it is important to ensure your child’s feet are developing and have their foot problems or queries attended to by a Podiatrist. A full assessment is performed to identify the source of the problem.