Understanding Common Foot Conditions: A Comprehensive Guide by Your Podiatrist

Living with foot pain or irritation? Crestview & Fort Walton Beach, FL, podiatrist Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi at Emerald Coast Podiatry is dedicated to bringing you the relief you need. 

Common Foot Problems Treated By Podiatrists 

 Even though they might not get much thought, the feet can easily fall prey to pain and various conditions. Below, podiatrist Dr. Ricciardi at Emerald Coast Podiatry in Crestview & Fort Walton Beach, FL, shares some of the most common. 

Ingrown Toenails 

 Ingrown toenails are one of the most common issues that cause foot pain and even lead to infection if not cared for. They occur when the toenail grows into the surrounding skin instead of out and up. This is usually caused by trimming the nails too short or at a curve, but it can also be due to injuries and wearing shoes that are too tight. Your podiatrist can help by providing proper nail care guidance, performing both invasive and minimally invasive procedures, and antibiotics, according to your needs.

Plantar Fasciitis 

 There is a band called the plantar fascia along the bottom of the foot connecting the heel to the toes and absorbing the shock of movement. Overuse, arch issues, and more can cause tears in this band of tissue, leading to inflammation and heel pain. Inflammation of the plantar fascia is called plantar fasciitis.  Custom orthotics, physical therapy, and targeted stretches are the most common ways podiatrists help provide relief. 


 Bunions occur when something causes the toe joint to shift outward and the toes to shift inward, causing bony bumps. Depending on the severity of your bunions, custom orthotics, braces, or surgery might be recommended. 

Athlete’s Foot 

 Athlete’s foot is a type of fungal infection that causes the soles of the feet and the space between the toes to sting, itch, burn, blister, crack, peel, or be very dry. It’s typically picked up when people walk barefoot in gym showers and other warm, moist environments and thrives in wet, warm shoes. Similar infections are caused by bacteria. After determining whether it’s fungal or bacterial, podiatrists can prescribe the best treatment. 

Achilles Tendinitis 

 Another common source of foot and heel pain is Achilles tendonitis. The Achilles tendon runs along the back of the lower leg to the heel. It often becomes inflamed due to overuse and is treated according to its severity. In mild cases, ice therapy, resting, and other conservative approaches are effective. Physical therapy exercises are also a key part of healing. In severe cases, surgery is available to repair the tendon. 

If you’re suffering from any foot conditions, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ricciardi at Emerald Coast Podiatry – your podiatrist in Crestview & Fort Walton Beach, FL – at (850) 862-4119.

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