Pain and discomfort of the feet can affect our mood and overall ability to enjoy each day. At Rieter Podiatry Associates, we want you to feel your best every day! Many foot and ankle conditions can be easily prevented or treated when patients are equipped with the necessary information. Browse through our conditions library to learn more about topics that interest you. When you're ready, call for an appointment.
Arch and Ball of the Foot
These conditions generally develop as a result of improper footwear, injury, or overuse. Weight gain may also play a contributing role.
- Arch Types
- Adult acquired flatfoot
- Flat feet
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Plantar fasciitis
- Plantar fibromas
- Tarsal coalition
Children have flexible, resilient feet that are much less susceptible to the pains and discomforts associated with adulthood. None-the-less, childhood development poses a few concerns. It is very important to pay attention to a child's gait.
- Cavus Foot
- Flat feet
- Sever’s Disease
- Tarsal Coalition
Common Foot and Ankle Injuries
Throughout an individual's lifetime, they are exposed to a plethora of pain inducing foot and ankle injuries. The following conditions are caused by injury, repeated trauma, or accident.
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Achilles tendonitis
- Chronic lateral ankle pain
- Forefoot fractures
- Heel bone fractures
- Lisfranc injuries
- Peroneal tendonitis
- Sesamoid injuries
- Shin splints
- Stress fractures
Foot and ankle distortions are associated with inheriting certain foot structures. Deformities develop on their own but can become excessively aggravated through wearing improper footwear.
- Claw toe
- Hallux Rigidus
- Hammertoe(Mallet toe, Claw toe
- Overlapping/underlapping toes
Diabetes and Circulatory Disease
Individuals with diabetes are prone to developing foot and ankle conditions. Due to the reduction of blood flow to the feet and loss of sensation there is an increased risk of danger as many symptoms go unnoticed until after they've become severe.
- Charcot Foot
- Diabetic foot care
- Diabetic Wound Care
- Sports injuries
- Intermittent Claudication
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Smelly feet
- Tallus fractures
- Turf toe
Diseases of the Foot
Feet are known to display the first signs and symptoms of disease in the body. The distance from the foot to the heart and exposure to stresses make it prone to developing disease.
- Arthritis (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis
- Charcot Foot
- Raynaud’s Disease
- Sever’s Disease
Pain located in the heel can cause great discomfort. These conditions are not associated with life-threatening circumstances, but heel pain when the feet are at rest is indicative of a problem more severe than what meets the eye.
Nail and Skin Problems
Invasive foreign bodies, such as bacteria and fungi, may infect the skin and toenails. These conditions are associated with two extremes: overly dry environments or exceedingly moist environments. Improper footwear can also be a contributing factor.
- Athlete’s Foot
- Black Toenails
- Burning feet
- Calluses and Corns
- Fungal nails
- Ingrown toenail
- Skin cancer
- Spider Veins
- Sweaty Feet
Symptoms of nerve and vascular disorders include burning or stabbing pain. These sensations occur at irregular intervals, even during times of rest and relaxation.
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Peripheral Nerve Compression
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
The toes provide the entire body with the ability to move and a sense of balance while standing, walking, or running. Problems develop as a result of trauma to the foot, improper footwear, and overuse.
Patient education is vital to patient health. Dr. Todd Rieter wants you to make the best decisions possible when it comes to your health and well-being. If you have a condition that has gotten out of hand, let us help! Call 262-338-0901 or book your appointment online. Help us, help you.
The Foot Health Foundation of America offers this simple quiz to pinpoint any warning signs of foot and ankle problems: (See bottom for scoring.)
|a. less than 2 hours||0|
|b. 2 - 4 hours||1|
|c. 5 - 7 hours||2|
|d. 8 hours or more||3|
|a. under 40||0|
|b. between 40 and 59||1|
|c. 60 and over||2|
|3.||How would you describe your weight?|
|a. less than 20 pounds overweight or at ideal weight||0|
|b. 20 - 39 pounds overweight||2|
|c. 40 or more pounds overweights||3|
|4.||Have problems with your feet or ankles ever prevented you from participating in:|
|- leisure/sports activities|
|- work activities?|
|5.||Have you ever received medical treatment for problems with your feet and/or ankles?|
|6.||Do you regularly wear heels two inches or higher?|
|7.||What types of exercise do you engage in or plan to engage in? (check all that apply)|
|b. field sports (e.g., softball, golf)||2|
|c. winter sports (e.g., skiing, ice skating)||2|
|d. court sports (e.g., tennis, basketball)||3|
|g. none (if you shose answer g, skip to question 11)||0|
|8.||Do you have the appropriate shoes for your sport or sports?|
|9.||Do you experience foot or ankle pain when walking or exercising?|
|- exercise in footwear that is more than one year old or in hand-me-down footwear?|
|- stretch properly before and after exercising?|
|- have diabetes?|
|- experience numbness and/or burning in your feet?|
|- have a family history of diabetes?|
|12.||Do You: (Mark all that apply)|
|- sprain your ankles frequently (once a year or more) or are your ankles weak?|
|- have flat feet or excessively high arches?|
|- experience pain in the achilles tendon or heel or have shin splints
(pain in the front lower leg)?
|- have corns, calluses, bunions or hammertoes?|
|- have arthritis or joint pain in your feet?|
|- have poor circulation or cramping in your legs?|
0-20 Points: Congratulations! Your feet and ankles are very healthy and you can maintain your active lifestyle and/or exercise regimen. With proper attention and care your feet and ankles should remain healthy; however, you may want to schedule an annual exam with a podiatric physician to ensure their long-term health. Furthermore, if you scored points for questions 4, 5, 9, 11 or 12 you should consider visiting a podiatric physician in the near future for a check-up.
21 - 40 Points: Pay Attention. Your feet and ankles are showing signs of wear, placing you in the moderate risk category. Although you can continue your normal activities, you should strongly consider visiting a podiatric physician for a check-up. If you participate in a rigorous exercise regimen on a regular basis or plan to - or if you scored points for questions 4, 5, 9, 11 or 12 - you should visit a podiatric physician soon to safeguard your foot and ankle health.
41 Points or Higher: Caution. Your feet and ankles are at high risk for long-term medical problems and you should contact our office as soon as possible. If you exercise, you should pay particular attention to your feet and ankles until you are seen by our practice. If you have not begun exercising, it is advisable to contact our office before undertaking any type of exercise.
Now that you've assessed the health of your feet and ankles, you are armed with knowledge that will enable you to maintain their health over a lifetime.
Please note: Even if you scored well, this self assessment is not a substitute for a physical exam.