A bunion is seen as an enlargement or “bump” on the inside of the foot near the big toe.
In more severe cases when the big toe joint is unable to move at all, the condition is called hallux rigidus (rigid big toe joint).
A tailor’s bunion (bunionette)is seen as an enlargement or “bump” on the outside of the foot near the little toe.
A callus is an area of thickened skin located on the bottom of the foot, in most cases on the ball of the foot and/or heel.
Hammer Toes occur when the tendons and ligaments around the toes become contracted and the toes take on a “claw-like” appearance.
A soft corn forms between the toes when the bony prominence known to doctors as the “condyle” of a toe rubs against the condyle of the adjacent toe while walking.
The most common cause of thick toenails is a fungus infection similar or identical to the fungus that causes “athlete’s foot.”
An Ingrown Toenail occurs when the side of a toenail begins to cut through the surrounding skin which is referred to by doctors as the ungualabia or “nail lip.”
Morton’s Neuroma occurs when one of the nerves on the bottom of the foot becomes “pinched” between two adjacent metatarsal bones or the base of the bones of two adjacent toes.
EPAT is an acronym for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment. “Extracorporeal” means “outside the body.”
Heel pain is usually caused by acute or chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament-like structure located on the bottom of the foot.
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A callus is an area of thickened skin located on the bottom of the foot, in most cases on the ball of the foot and/or heel. The most common cause of calluses on the ball of the foot is a “declination” of one or more of the long bones of the foot called metatarsal bones of which there are normally five in each foot . Since one or more of these metatarsal bones is/are lower than the others, the bone(s) bear more weight. A callus forms under the end of the metatarsal bone in order to protect the bone form trauma. In the case of some severe calluses, a small core or “nucleus” can be found within the callus and if present, the patient usually feels as though he/she is walking on a small pebble. The procedure most often performed at Laser Foot Surgery Specialist is as follows. A small incision (approximately 1/8 inch) is on the top of the foot at the neck of the affected metatarsal bone. Using our special drill, a small cut is made across the metatarsal bone and the metatarsal head is repositioned toward the top of the foot enough to redistribute the weight. If the callus has a “nucleus,” this is removed from the bottom of the foot with a laser and is sent to our pathology lab for analysis. In most cases, this “nucleus” is a “Porokeratoma” or a benign “plugged sweat gland.”