Foot Problems

Foot Problems

Foot Problems services offered in Cranford, Wallington and Fort Lee, NJ

Foot problems like bunions, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendinitis can be crippling, but you don’t have to suffer. Non- and minimally invasive treatments relieve swelling, reduce pain, and get you back on your feet. At Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle, experienced podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon Chester Klimek, DPM, specializes in diagnosing and treating foot problems. Call the Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle office in Cranford, Wallington, and Fort Lee, New Jersey, today to schedule foot problem treatment, or book your appointment online.

What are foot problems?

“Foot problems” is a blanket term referring to various conditions that cause foot and/or ankle pain and affect mobility. Most people experience foot problems at some point.

Contact Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle if you or your child have foot problems. Prompt diagnosis and treatment lower the risk of complications and prevent the problem from getting worse.

Which foot problems does a podiatrist treat?

At Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle, Dr. Klimek treats various foot and ankle problems, including:

  • Athlete’s foot
  • Blisters, corns, and calluses
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Flatfoot (fallen arches)
  • High arches
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Gout
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Toenail fungus
  • Diabetes-related foot problems (for example, diabetic ulcers)
  • Toenail fungus

Some foot problems are caused by accidents and sports injuries. For example, if you run or play basketball, you might step down awkwardly and twist your ankle. Without treatment, an ankle sprain increases your risk of ankle instability and mobility problems.

How does a podiatrist diagnose foot problems?

Dr. Klimek reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when they first started, what they feel like, and if they get worse at certain times or during specific activities like standing or walking.

Dr. Klimek completes a podiatry exam. He checks the affected area of your foot or ankle for redness, swelling, and bruising. He assesses your reflexes, muscle strength, and range of motion and gently presses on your foot to identify sensitive spots.

If these steps don’t provide enough information, Dr. Klimek orders diagnostic imaging. This allows him to look at the bones, joints, and soft tissues in your feet, toes, and ankles.

How does a podiatrist treat foot problems?

At Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle, Dr. Klimek takes a conservative and integrative approach to treating foot problems. He could suggest:

  • Corticosteroid injections to relieve pain and reduce swelling
  • Orthotics (prescription shoe inserts) to ease pain and support mobility
  • Wearing a walking boot or a cast if you sprain your ankle or break a bone
  • Stretches and strengthening exercises 
  • Taking over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication
  • Ice and heat therapy
  • Wound care for diabetic ulcers and other slow-healing wounds
  • Healthy lifestyle changes (for example, losing weight)
  • Wearing prescription shoes

If your foot problem continues or gets worse after one or more of these treatments, Dr. Klimek might recommend foot and ankle surgery.

Call the nearest Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle Office today to schedule treatment for foot problems, or book your appointment online.