Frequently Asked Questions

What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a foot and ankle specialist who provides medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems such as sprains and fractures, bunions, heel pain/spurs, hammer toes, and more. A podiatrist also renders care of sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle and heel.

Why is it important for diabetics to see a podiatrist?

Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, it is important to have your feet checked by a podiatrist. People with diabetes can develop neuropathy which is a burning, tingling, or numbness in the feet. You may have open sores from neuropathy on your feet that you don't even realize because you cannot feel the pain associated. It is important to regularly see a podiatrist if you have diabetes.

Should I see a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon for my foot problem?

Podiatrists only specialize in the foot and ankle area. An orthopedic surgeon has a wider focus including knees, hips, shoulders, arms, and hands. If you are having foot and ankle problems, you should seek a podiatrist.

What can I do about pain in my heels?

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament on the bottom of your foot where it attaches to the heel. Pain can be reduced by wearing proper arch support. If that doesn't work come in right away for an appointment.

How do I know if I have Fungus in my Toenails?

Fungus on the nails usually appears as a darkening yellow or blackish opaque discoloration of the nail. It can also appear as white splotches on the nail. As the fungus grows, the nail can get thicker and brittle. At Collins Podiatry, we will discuss the best nail fungus treatment options for you.

What are foot orthotics?

Foot Orthotics are custom insoles made from an actual mold of your feet. This ensures they fit perfectly and provide the support, stability and alignment necessary to eliminate pain and discomfort of many common foot problems.

How are warts treated?

Warts are a virus that invades the skin and then multiplies. If very small, they can be treated with medicine on the wart or the wart can be topically frozen. If larger, then the best treatment is to remove the wart and cauterize the base area. - "This is achieved by numbing that part of the foot then curetting the lesion, removing it and hyfricating the base."