Diseases, everyday wear and tear, ill-fitting or poorly designed shoes, poor circulation or improperly trimmed toenails may cause many common foot problems.
Check your feet regularly and practice good foot hygiene to prevent or catch problems quickly. Podiatrists and primary care physicians are qualified to treat most feet problems. In some cases, a dermatologist or orthopedic surgeon may be needed to correct a problem.
NMMC Foot Center
North Mississippi Medical Center's Foot Center provides a comprehensive approach to evaluating and treating foot pain, gait abnormalities and any other issues affecting the kinetic chain. Our focus is on all age groups to keep our community active and healthy. The following components are addressed during a typical evaluation:
- Identification of biomechanical deficits in association with neurological, orthopedic or sports-related injuries
- Range of motion and strength
- Subtalar neutral
- First ray position and flexibility
- Forefoot and rear foot positions
- Leg length discrepancy
- Posture and gait analysis
- Comprehensive foot assessment.
- Further diagnostic testing and treatment as recommended by the referring physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant
- Education on sizing of shoes
- Education on the different types of shoes (neutral, stability, motion control)
- Fitting of the proper accommodative or biomechanical orthotic
- Reduce painful conditions associated with biomechanical deficits through proper modifications to the orthotics, including posting, well cut outs, flanges, heel lifts and others
- Exercise programs to restore function
- Written instruction on proper wear time of the orthotics
Orthotics are made using a biofoam box to make a mold of the foot or by using the new scanning device that make a 3D image of the foot.
- Plantar fasciitis
- Posterior tibialis tendonitis
- Peroneal tendonitis
- Charcot foot
- Morton's neuroma
- And many more
The staff of NMMC's Foot Center has received comprehensive training in the assessment and treatment of both acute and chronic foot problems. Our staff includes two physical therapists.