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Podiatrists at Boston Medical Center manage all foot disorders with expertise in preventing amputation, treating diabetic ulcers, wound infections, and performing reconstructive surgery. Other commonly treated conditions include high-risk diabetic foot care, arthritis, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, arch pain (plantar fasciitis), neuromas, ankle sprains, Achilles tendon injuries, sports and work-related injuries (fracture/dislocations), and general management of nail and skin disorders.
Many patients treated by a podiatrist at BMC have conditions like poor circulation from peripheral arterial disease/peripheral vascular disease (PAD/PVD), nerve pain (neuropathy), diabetes, and kidney disease. To provide the best care possible, podiatrists collaborate with physicians in vascular surgery, infectious diseases, endocrinology, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and pain management. Orders for and instruction about appropriate use of custom molded shoes, orthotics, and braces are also provided.
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Conditions We Treat
Arthritis is inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints, generally accompanied by an increase in the fluid in the joints. Arthritis has multiple causes and is associated with many different illnesses. Symptoms include painful, swollen, and/or stiff joints. Arthritic feet can result in loss of mobility and independence, but early diagnosis and proper medical care can help significantly.
A bunion is a “bump” on the joint at the base of the big toe that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. The toe is forced to bend toward the others, causing an often painful lump of bone on the foot. Because this joint carries a lot of the body's weight while walking, bunions can cause extreme pain if left untreated and even making wearing shoes difficult or impossible.
A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that can occur in patients with diabetes and is commonly located on the bottom of the foot. Ulcers that become infected, result in most patients having to be hospitalized, increase the risk of potential lower extremity amputation and in extreme cases, may cause death.
Diabetic foot infections (DFI) are one of the most common diabetes-related causes of hospitalization in the United States.
Most foot deformities involve an unusually flat or high arched feet with or without pain. Some patients are born with this condition or it may have been caused by an injury.
A hammer toe is a bent smaller toe, sometimes swollen and painful.
Heel pain, sometimes disabling, can occur in the front, back, or bottom of the heel (arch).
A foot or ankle sprain is a soft tissue injury. Most often, a sprain occurs when an injury pulls, stretches, or tears the ligaments that connect bone to bone. A fracture is actually a break in the bone. Many breaks and sprains occur during sports. Tripping or stumbling on uneven ground is another common cause of foot and ankle sprains and fractures. Symptoms of a sprained or broken foot or ankle include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking on the affected foot or ankle.
A neuroma, also called a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor is a non-cancerous growth of nerve tissue. It is usually found between the third and fourth toes. It brings on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.
Skin and toenail conditions include any unusual discoloration, irritation or unusual appearance.
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
If you suffer from diabetes, you likely know that high blood sugar levels can do damage to nerves, which can lead to calluses, blisters, ulcers, and most commonly, neuropathy. According to the American Diabetes Association, about half of all diabetics will experience neuropathy, so it’s important to know how to properly care for your feet.
When preparing for your appointment with the podiatrist, it is important that you bring with you the following:
Residency and Fellowship Information
The Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency Program is designed to give residents exposure to the full breadth of patients’ needs, with residents caring for patients in the hospital, outpatient clinics, and multidisciplinary settings. This three-year program, accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education, places significant emphasis on limb salvage as well as patient education. Residents in our program exceed the number of surgical cases required to graduate, are members of a union, and train as equals alongside allopathic colleagues. Research is an important part of the program, and residents are expected to complete a research project leading to a publication during the course of their training. Two new residents are matched each academic year.