Board-Certified Podiatrist in St. Louis, MO
One of Dr. Aaranson’s core specialties is podiatry. His practice focuses solely on feet and ankles, so there is no better place to go for treatment. Patients come from all over the St. Louis region to see Dr. Aaranson.
Some of the most common podiatry conditions include:
- Diabetic foot care
- Ingrown toenails
- Nail fungus
- Corns and calluses
- Plantar warts
- Ganglion cysts
- Heel pain
- Sprained ankles
All of these podiatry conditions can be treated without surgery using medication, injections, therapy, or custom-fitted orthotics, with the goal of reducing your pain and preventing a recurrence.
Diabetic Foot Care
Foot problems are the leading reason for diabetes-related hospitalization. Diabetes-related foot problems are most frequently caused by nerve damage and poor blood circulation, resulting in infection, ulcers, or sores. Poor circulation causes reduced blood flow to the feet, which means foot injuries, infections, and ulcers may not heal normally.
There are several treatment options for diabetes-related foot problems. Non-surgical treatments include splinting, casting, or bracing to correct bone deformities, or medication to treat infections and skin ulcers. Surgery may be considered for deformities that are too severe for a brace or shoe or to resolve advanced skin ulcers. In extreme cases, surgical amputation of the toes, foot, or leg is required to prevent further health problems and protect the remaining limb.
Pediatric Foot Care
Childhood foot problems often go undetected; however, proper pediatric foot care can prevent many adult foot problems from developing. Common pediatric foot conditions include toeing in/toeing out, infections, ingrown toenails, and flat feet. If you have any concerns about your child’s feet, perhaps the way they are shaped or how your child walks, it is never too soon to see a pediatric foot specialist for evaluation. In almost every case, there are simple, non-surgical remedies available, and Dr. Aaranson can make an expert recommendation.
Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus causes an unattractive yellowing of your toenail. It is very common, especially among swimmers and athletes. Traditionally, oral medication or a topical treatment is used to get rid of the fungus. It can take months for your nail to regrow without the reminder of that yucky fungus. For people who want faster results, or do not tolerate the side effects of the oral medication, laser treatment for toenail fungus is an effective alternative. Be sure to ask Dr. Aaranson for details if you need to get rid of toenail fungus quickly and safely.
During your visit with Dr. Aaranson, he may recommend an orthotic for your foot problem, especially if surgery is to be avoided. Custom-made orthotics are commonly used to treat foot problems. They are made to fit your foot precisely, and you simply insert them into your own shoes and wear them according to the doctor’s instructions. Ask Dr. Aaranson if a custom orthotic is right for you.
Don’t wait to have your foot or ankle problem evaluated by a board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Aaranson. Call us today at (314) 714-3220 or request an appointment online.