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Podiatry


Podiatrists are medical specialists who help with problems affecting the foot, ankle or lower leg. They treat a wide variety of conditions ranging from sports injuries to skin irritations. They are often the first to identify systemic illnesses with foot-related symptoms, such as diabetes and vascular disease.

Treating Your Feet

To address foot pain, our doctors typically consider non-surgical options first, such as orthotic therapy (arch supports), rehabilitation and bracing. However, Mercy Medical Group offers comprehensive surgical care by board certified podiatric surgeons who can help treat foot and ankle pain, including arthroscopic ankle surgery.

Sports medicine is a large part of our focus. Our team of podiatrists can help get patients back to normal athletic activity by treating their injury and identifying potential factors for reinjury.

Our podiatrists care for patients of any age, from young children to adults with more seasoned feet. 

Meet Our Team

At Mercy Medical Group, our podiatrists often work hand-in-hand with sports medicine, orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain management, heart and vascular care, and primary care physicians by referring to one another and sharing information to provide the best care for patients. We offer podiatry services in Elk Grove, Folsom, Midtown Sacramento, Natomas and Carmichael at our San Juan location.

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Conditions We Treat

Fractures and Sprains

Broken bones in the foot, ankle and heel are very common, as are sprains and strains. A sprain is a stretch or tear in a ligament, which connects bones to bones. A strain is stretch or tear in a muscle or a tendon, which connects muscles to the bones. Podiatrists regularly treat these injuries, which are especially common to athletes.

Bunions, Hammertoes, Heel Pain, Bone Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis 

These common complaints have to do with bones in the foot. A bunion happens when the joint at the base of the big toe gets enlarged or displaced, which makes it bend toward the others. A hammertoe results from an imbalance around the toe joint that causes the middle joint to bend and become stuck in place. A heel spur is a calcium deposit causing a bony protrusion on the underside of the heel that can cause pain. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, typically involving a stabbing pain in a person's first few morning steps. 

Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses are hard, thickened areas of the skin that form as a result of rubbing, friction or pressure on the skin. Our podiatrists can help alleviate pain caused from corns and calluses, and provide recommendations to prevent future cases. 

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the side of the toenail grows into the soft flesh, typically on the big toe. People suffering from diabetes are at greater risk. Symptoms often include redness around your toenail, pain and tenderness on one or both sides of the nail and swelling. Patients should see a podiatrist who can help by removing ingrown toenails if they experience severe discomfort in their toe, see redness spreading, if they have diabetes or another condition that causes poor blood flow to their feet, or if they experience any foot sore or infection. 

Diabetes

Insulin is a hormone that helps digest sugar. Diabetes is a condition in which the body doesn't make or process insulin properly. Diabetes can cause serious complications, including nerve damage and reduced blood circulation to the legs and feet. More than 65,000 diabetics a year need to have a foot amputated. However, a podiatrist and proper therapy can help prevent that with diabetic foot care.

Arthritis

This is caused by inflammation, swelling, and wear and tear on the joints. Each foot has 33 joints. A podiatrist might recommend physical therapy, drugs, or special shoes or inserts to help with arthritis. Surgery also might be an option if other treatments don't suffice.

Growing Pains

If a child's feet are pointing inward or look flat or the toes don't line up properly, a podiatrist might recommend exercises, insoles, or braces to help. Surgery may also fix the problem. 

Achilles Tendon Rupture 

A complete tear through the tendon about two inches above the heel bone is called an Achilles tendon rupture. It occurs more commonly in people with preexisting tendinitis of the Achilles tendon. Our podiatrists specialize in surgical repair of ruptured Achilles tendons, providing methods to help prevent re-injury. 

Infections and Athlete's Foot  

Athlete's foot and other infections are common, typically occurring when the foot is exposed to fungus which grows best in warm, moist environments such as shoes, socks, swimming pools, locker rooms and floors in public bathrooms. Symptoms include peeling, cracking and scaling of the feet; redness, blisters or softening and breaking down of the skin; itching, burning or both.  

Neuroma  

Morton's neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, usually the area between your third and fourth toes. It may feel as though you're standing on a pebble in your shoe. Symptoms include a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot and your toes may sting, burn or feel numb. Don't ignore these symptoms. Talk to your doctor if the pain lasts for more than a couple of days.