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Conditions Treated by Podiatrists

Foot Fracture
A foot fracture is a break in any of the bones in the foot.

The foot is made up of 26 small bones. The tarsus is the name for the seven bones that make up the hindfoot and the midfoot. The forefoot consists of the five metatarsals and the 14 phalanges. There are two phalanges in the big toe and three in each of the remaining toes.

Athlete's Foot
Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is a common, highly contagious fungal infection that is characterized by itching, flaking and cracking of the skin. The infection typically develops on the skin between the toes or on the sole of the foot, though the fungi that cause the infection can travel to the rest of the foot or body if left untreated. Athlete's foot is a superficial fungal infection, meaning it affects a specific area on the external surface of the skin, making it easier to treat than a more widespread systemic infection.[NIH/Athlete'sFoot][WebMD/Athlete'sFoot]

Ankle Sprain
An ankle sprain is a partial or complete tear of the ligaments that support the ankle. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that cross joints and connect bones to each other.

Articular cartilage is the tissue located at the end of bones. It can deteriorate over time. This causes a common condition called osteoarthritis. It becomes worse over time. It can be debilitating.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that causes inflammation in the joints and certain other organs throughout the body. It is called an autoimmune disorder. It is believed that the body's immune system accidentally mistakes its own tissues for foreign invaders. The immune system attacks the joints and organs, causing damage.

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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is a chronic disease of the joints. A chronic disease develops over a long period of time. In this case it starts before the age of 16 years old.

Diabetic Foot Ulcer
Diabetic foot ulcers are sores that occur on the feet of people with Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. Up to 25% of people with diabetes develop foot problems. Diabetic foot ulcers usually occur on the bottom of the foot. They precede over 80% of leg amputations in the US. However, the sooner diabetic foot ulcers are treated, the better the outcome.

Clubfoot is a deformity of the foot that causes the foot to turn inward. The Achilles tendon becomes taut, which pulls the heel upward toward the leg and prevents the foot from being able to sit flat on the ground. A club foot is usually smaller than a normal-sized foot.