Welcome to Alvera Podiatry Group. We’re glad you're here! As podiatrists, we have been specially and extensively trained in the treatment of foot problems and ankle conditions, and are skilled in both surgical and conservative treatments. So whether you are having heel pain, a broken bone, problems with a bunion, painful calluses, or anything in between, come in and let us help you. Our office utilizes the latest technologies available to treat these conditions and many more. Some of these conditions include bunions, heel and arch pain, toenails, ankle problems, sports injuries, children’s feet, hammertoes, warts, fungal nails, ingrown toenails, and diabetic foot problems.
To keep your feet as healthy as possible, we recommend following TEN tips from the American Podiatric Medical Association.
1. Don't ignore foot pain—it's not normal. If the pain persists, see a podiatric physician.
2. Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature of your feet. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet could indicate athlete's foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.
3. Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.
4. Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; it can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems should not treat their own feet because they are more prone to infection.
5. Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.
6. Select and wear the right shoe for the activity that you are engaged in (i.e., running shoes for running).
7. Alternate shoes—don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.
8. Avoid walking barefooted—your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals, always use sunblock on your feet just as on the rest of your body.
9. Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments; self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
10. If you are a person with diabetes, it is vital that you see a podiatric physician at least once a year for a check-up.