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A Center for Medicine, Trauma, and Reconstructive
Surgery of the Foot and Ankle

Dr. Patrick J. Ricotta


the foot and ankle institute

Treatment of Injuries and Fractures
Joint Replacement
Reconstructive Surgery
Sports Medicine
Pediatric Orthopedics
Foot Surgery
Comprehensive Podiatry

In addition, The Foot & Ankle Institute provides:

Full X-Ray Services
On-Site Physical Therapy Services
Hand Therapy Clinics
Emergency Care

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Common Foot Problems

Ingrown Toenails
the foot and ankle institute Occurring most often on a big toe, an ingrown toenail may result from wearing tight shoes or not trimming nails straight across. An ingrown nail presses into the side of a toe. If untreated, it may become infected.

Blisters
Any place shoes rub against skin, blisters may form.

Corns and Calluses
These are thickenings of skin in spots where footwear presses or rubs, especially on toes.

the foot and ankle institute Plantar Warts
Something that looks like a round callus and has a crater in the center may actually be a plantar wart. This is a skin condition on the sole of your foot, caused by a virus.

Athlete's Foot
This is actually a fungal infection that typically begins in the moist, warm areas between your toes.

Symptoms of athlete's foot include painful itching between toes, cracking and scaling of skin, and thickening of toenails.

Metatarsalgia
An unusual amount of pressure on the metatarsal bones in your foot can lead to pressure -- and pain in the ball of your foot. The metatarsal bones lie inside your foot, just above the ball. Metatarsalgia may come from having a high arch, or from the way your forefoot spreads with age.

Plantar Neuroma
This is a nerve growth that may accompany metatarsalgia, causing numbness between two toes and pain and pressure with walking.

Hammertoes
Hammertoes are actually a "hooked," unnatural position of toes. Corns, calluses, and pain can result from hammertoes, which itself may be caused by a nerve abnormality or a genetic condition.

Bunion
This is a bump on the inside edge of your foot, at the base of your big toe. It makes it difficult to fit shoes, and can be accompanied by irritation, swelling, and even arthritis.

Heel Pain
Heel pain can be caused by inflammation of a structure in your foot called the plantar fascia, which runs from your heel to your forefoot. The fascia may pull away from the heel. Sometimes, bone spurs (bony growths) occur here, too.

The Foot & Ankle Institute
Lumberton
4320 Fayetteville Rd.
Lumberton, NC 28358
(910) 737-6600
Laurinburg
103-A McAlpine Lane
Laurinburg, NC 28352
(910) 266-9900

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