At the offices of Merrick L. Horn, our sports doctor practices the best in sports medicine Miami. There are many different conditions that can affect the foot and require the need for sports medicine. We specialize in a variety of foot ailments and provide advanced treatments that will have you feeling better and back on your feet in no time.
It’s a fact that the average American walks up to 75,000 miles by the time they’re 50. That’s why it’s so important that we take care of our feet and make sure they’re able to carry us for even longer distances. Some of the common conditions that our sports medicine Miami doctor treats are arthritis, foot and ankle injuries, diabetes and toenail conditions. Arthritis can affect the feet by swelling the cartilage and joint lining in the foot, which leads to inflammation and an increase of fluid, making it harder to walk. And with diabetes being so prevalent in today’s society, foot care is more important than ever. A patient with diabetes should have a good podiatrist who can check their feet periodically and provide wound and ulcer care if needed. Because many diabetics suffer from peripheral neuropathy, it can affect the nerves in their toes and fingertips.
Other conditions our sports medicine Miami doctor treats are Athlete’s foot, a skin disease caused by exposure to fungus and commonly found in warm, moist areas such as locker rooms and showers. Bunions and hammer toes are another common ailment. A bunion is an enlarged joint on the toe, which can be painful and affect footwear, and hammer toes are bent toes that are contracted at the toe joint. Both can be fixed with orthotic footwear, or in more severe cases, surgery. We also treat toenail fungus, ingrown toenails and nail conditions that affect the nail bed, making it painful to wear shoes.