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Podiatry

The goal of the Podiatry Department at Westmed is to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from foot and ankle conditions. Our specialists partner with patients to develop a personalized treatment plan that will enable them to walk without pain, wear shoes comfortably, participate in exercise and leisure activities, and prevent serious complications, such as wounds or amputation.

Calluses/Corns, Neuroma, Hammertoes & Heel Pain

Often, if you suffer from any of these conditions, many podiatrists will recommend surgery as your first option for treatment. Westmed podiatrists are conservative when recommending surgery and will first work with you to try and alleviate foot pain with alternative treatments.

When surgery is the best option for lasting relief, it can be performed at an outpatient facility such as Westmed’s Rye Ambulatory Surgery Center (Rye ASC). All of our podiatrists are affiliated with Rye ASC and other local hospitals and will be on hand to ensure you are taken care of.

Calluses/Corns

Calluses and corns are the thickening of the skin on your feet that develop when skin protects itself against the natural friction and pressure from shoes and walking. If you suspect you have a corn or callus, you will notice a thick, rough area of skin or a hardened or raised bump on your foot. Corns and calluses are different from each other, and it is best to work with your podiatrist to treat them. A Westmed podiatrist can help you determine if there are any underlying causes to your corns/calluses and will work with you to find a solution to correct it.

Neuroma

Neuromas are caused by a thickening of the outer coating of a foot nerve. Custom orthotics, injection therapy or a change in shoe style and size are the first line of defense against Neuroma. If symptoms become too painful, surgical removal of the neuroma can provide long-term relief.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a bending of one or both joints in all toes but the big toe. This is caused by asymmetry in the muscles and ligaments that would normally hold the toe straight. Hammertoe can often be treated by changing your footwear and wearing protective foot pads. If you have a more severe case of hammertoe, surgery will be recommended.

Heel Pain

Heel pain can be caused by a variety of factors such as heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, excessive pronation or Achilles tendinitis. Often this can be treated without the need for surgery. Westmed podiatrists will examine your foot, ankle and gait to understand what the root cause of your pain. Often a combination of custom orthotics, injection therapy, physical therapy and medication can help you walk comfortably again.