Patients sometimes do not understand that foot problems can be treated and that they don’t have to live with unnecessary pain. Dr. Zaleski explains further: “Basically the biggest problem is that people do not understand that the foot conditions that bother them regularly can be treated and eradicated or treated and remedied. That includes everything from the simple treatment of skin lesions, nail fungus, warts and ingrown toenails to reconstructive surgery and everything in-between, inclusive of diabetic foot care, ulcers, burning sensations, and heel and arch pain.”
“There’s an extensive amount of things we do for patients,” he continued. “We have a full-service podiatry clinic where we provide orthotics, foot tapings, strappings, supportive devices, various forms of therapy, inclusive of diabetic shoes, minor surgical procedures, as well as more extensive surgeries where indicated. Most things are treated conservatively, and most people get better with conservative therapy that doesn’t require surgery.”
Dr. Zaleski urges patients to be alert for pain in the foot area. That pain could only be a symptom of a minor aggravation, but it also may signal that a major problem is developing.
“Pain is a red flag sign for our bodies; it is an indication of an abnormal condition,” he stated. “However, other things can be a lot more subtle, like skin lesions, rashes, areas of redness or soreness, numbness, tingling or burning symptoms. Cramping or aching can also be symptoms of various different foot pathology.”
Dr. Zaleski recommends that everybody have a diabetic foot examination once every six months to a year at a minimum. Most people that have advanced stage diabetes develop various foot problems; however, early diagnosis is critical, as it allows the podiatrist to help the patient through education and prevention at the earliest onset of symptoms.
“One example is chronic ingrown toenails; one can get recurrent infections (of the feet), and people may attempt home remedies for that,” he said. “However, it’s very common for this to lead to bone infections in the toes that can easily lead to amputation when not properly treated early. Similarly with diabetic foot conditions, something such as a callous or thick toenail may readily lead to infections and potential hospitalization threatening limb loss or surgery that would have previously been remedied with proper podiatric medical attention. So, the earlier they seek treatment, the easier it is for them to get better from their condition. That’s the most important thing for the general public to know.”
Conditions That We Treat at All of Our Locations
Diabetic foot ulcers, ingrown toenails, bone spurs, plantar fasciitis, nail fungus, neuromas, sports injuries, arthritis, flat feet, bunions, corns, calluses, gout, hammertoes, pvd, neuropathy, foot pain, infections, tinea pedis, athletic foot conditions, childhood deformities, foot skin conditions, heel pain, arch pain, foot sprains, tendinitis, fractures, warts, athletes foot, injuries, cysts, structural and functional deformities of the feet.
What We Utilize to Help Remedy Various Foot Conditions
Foot braces, ankle braces, foot taping, foot strapping, foot and leg therapeutic wraps, diabetic shoes, pre molded and custom molded orthotics, accommodative inserts, functional orthotics, shoe gear modification, surgery, various injection or conservative therapy, palliative care, foot braces, minor surgical corrections, out patient surgery, corrective and supportive custom devices for deformities.