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Podiatry

Foot care

St. Francis Hospital is home to a nationally acclaimed Podiatry Residency Program, providing physicians a three-year, hospital-based program in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and leading-edge research. Top podiatrists are attracted by the opportunity to teach and perform surgery, offering patients the assurance of the best and most up-to-date treatment possible.

Preventing foot problems: If the shoe fits, wear it
Properly fitting shoes, with adequate room in the toe box, may prevent many foot troubles. Modest heels are a must, and soft soles can save the day. Tight, pointy-toed shoes with high heels have been implicated in many foot problems, including corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, hammer toes, Haglund’s deformity, neuromas and bunions. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) offers tips for selecting foot wear and foot care products, and includes a seal of approval/acceptance program to help you choose those beneficial to foot health. Remember to shop for footwear at the end of the day for a better fit.
If your feet suffer from one of these common conditions, there are many options for relief:

  • conservative, non-surgical approaches such as orthotic shoe inserts for support and physical therapy for strengthening and proper mechanics
  • foot injury care, including sprains, fractures and wound treatment; for mild injuries, if the pain hasn’t improved in three days, seek medical attention
  • corrective surgery when necessary