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Foot Health

The foot is considered a biological work of art consisting of 26 bones, 33 joints and a network for 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments, along with countless blood vessels and nerves. It’s not unlike a finely tuned sports car in its functional design. It is strong, flexible and able to perform its job well without complaint. If not cared for properly, however, and if the feet are taken for granted, many foot problems can result, and you might have a to call a Cincinnati podiatrist like Dr. Titko.

The Pressures of Daily Living

The components of the feet are designed to work in perfect harmony with one another as they share the tremendous pressures of daily living. On any given day, for instance, the feet bear several hundred tons of pressure, which offers a great explanation for why the feet are subject to more injuries than any other parts of the body.

Facts About Foot Problems and Ailments

Foot ailments are among the most common health problems for everyday Americans.
Some foot problems can be traced to heredity and some arise out of a cumulative impact of daily abuse and neglect.

Studies show that 75% of Americans experience foot problems of varying degrees of seriousness at some point in their lives.

Many people in the Cincinnati area forgo medical treatment for foot problems, typically because they believe the pain and discomfort are part of daily living and should be expected.

Many systematic diseases are first detected in the feet, such as diabetes, anemia, circulatory diseases, kidney problems, gout and arthritis. These ailments typically attack the joints in the foot before any other areas of the body.

The Feet Require Specialized Care

A doctor of podiatric medicine can provide regular preventive care or surgery to correct deformities and other foot problems in the Cincinnati area, making an important contribution to your total health. If you want to keep your feet healthy, it is important to become familiar with the most common ailments that affect them.

Athlete’s Foot – A skin disease caused by a fungus that usually starts between the toes or on the bottom of the feet and characterized by dry scaly skin, itching, blisters and inflammation.

Blisters – A bubbling of the skin caused by friction. They should never be popped. Instead, if a blister forms, apply moleskin or an adhesive bandage until it falls off naturally in the bath or shower.

Bunions – A deformity that causes the first joint of the big toe to swell and become tender. In many cases, it causes the big toe to angle inwards towards your other toes.

Corns and Calluses – Patches of dead skin cells that form when the bony areas of the foot constantly rub up against irregularities in footwear. Calluses typically form on the soles of the feet while corns form on the toes. They should never be cut off and home remedies should never be applied except under the strict instructions of a qualified podiatrist.

Foot Odor – The foul odor typically associated with feet results from excessive perspiration. Foot powders and antiperspirants, soaking the feet in vinegar and water and changing shoes and socks often can alleviate the problem.

Hammertoe – A condition that causes the toes to bend like claws. The affliction usually affects the second toe after a bunion causes the big toe to slant towards and under the second toe, but any of the other three smaller toes can also be affected.

Heel Pain – Usually attributed to faulty biomechanics, this affliction is caused when too much stress is placed on the heel bone and other ligaments and nerves in the area. It can also be caused by wearing poorly made footwear, being overweight or as a result of some health or circulatory problems, such as arthritis and gout.

Heel Spurs – These growths of bone that form on the underside of the heel bone can occur without pain, but pain may result when inflammation accompanies the formation of the spur. Heel pain and heel spurs are both caused by plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the connective tissue that runs from heel to the ball of the foot.

Ingrown Nails – These form when the sides or corners of the toenails dig painfully into the skin, usually resulting in an infection. They can be caused by improper nail trimming, shoe pressure, injury, a fungal infection, heredity or a poor foot structure.

Neuromas – An enlarged benign growth of nerves that commonly forms between the third and fourth toes. They are caused by bones and other tissues rubbing against and irritating the nerves and can be characterized by a feeling of pain, tingling, burning and numbness between the toes or on the ball of the foot.

Warts – These unsightly formations are caused by a virus that enters the skin through small cuts. Considered harmless and benign, though they may cause pain, warts typically form when walking barefooted on dirty surfaces.

If you are experiencing one or more of the above foot problems, make an appointment with your Cincinnati podiatrist at The Center for Foot Care at your earliest convenience. With early diagnosis and proper treatment, the health of your feet and full range of motion can be restored.

on 24, Jul 2017
I have a job that requires me to wear heels and stand on my feet all day. After years of doing this I have developed a neuroma that has become very painful. I saw Dr. Titko and she gave me options on how to go about correcting this problem. After several visits I’m happy to report I am painfree and able to walk comfortably in my work shoes once again. Thank you Dr. Titko !
on 24, Jul 2017
I first met Dr. Kristin Titko at a diabetes focus group at UC. Her presentation on various options to treat diabetes complications of the legs and feet sounded hopeful, as I had visited another foot care specialist who advised me he could do nothing to help me. In speaking with Dr. Kris after the meeting concerning my issues, she told me to come see her. Thankfully I made an appointment and will remain ever grateful to her for her professional care. Dr. Titko is friendly and caring, and listened to the problems I was experiencing (toe fungus and planter’s fibromas on both feet.) I was treated with laser therapy which completely healed my toe fungus and referred to a specific physical therapist who completely cleared up the fibromas in both feet. Additionally, she took biopsies which confirmed that my legs and feet were free of neuropathy (which is music to the ears of a Type 1 diabetic.) I continue to see her periodically for checkups. All things being said, Dr. Titko’s professional expertise allowed me take my life back by bringing me to a level of physical activity that I hadn’t experienced in several years. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone who is looking for a foot care specialist, especially diabetics. She treats you like family and you can place your trust in her.
on 24, Jul 2017
I’ve been seeing Dr. Titko for a few years now, and she help me fix my cracked, dry feet and make them beautiful again. I thank you and my man thanks you too! You’re great!
on 24, Jul 2017
I’ve been to 4 orthopedic surgeons very highly recommended however they didn’t help me since July [4 months]! I broke my ankle. I am so thrilled to have found Dr Kristin Titko, she has been the ONLY doctor that I feel can help me! I have faith in her.
on 24, Jul 2017
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Titko’s since about 2006 and I have referred multiple friends to her. I’ve seen her for several different conditions, some chronic and some acute, and I always appreciate the approach she takes, which is to get me back to my normal activities as soon as possible.
on 24, Jul 2017
Six weeks out from my 2nd Ironman and planters facilities shows up. Nothing short of a miracle, Dr. Titko attacked this problem and on race day there was no pain and no excuses (with my foot), a PR for my 140.6 course at Ironman Louisville.
on 24, Jul 2017
I would like to thank Dr. Titko for getting me back on the tennis courts after a 5 month layoff. I know I should have sought treatment earlier, but being a Man I was stubborn! Don’t be like me, if you hurt go see her you will not regret it!
John W
on 24, Jul 2017
Dr Titko is by far one of the most professional doctors I’ve ever met. She treats you like family and ensures any problems you have are taken care of as quickly as possible. I was working a job where I had to stand on concrete all day in boots. She made custom Orthotics for my boots that did wonders for my feet and helped relieve the pain. Thank you for everything Dr Titko.-Scott Dr. Titko is fantastic! I had an ingrown toenail that had been bothering me off and on, and affected my running. She removed it and now my toe feels so much better. I would highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone needing a great podiatrist.
on 24, Jul 2017
I met you at the West Chester Jingle Mingle in December. In our conversation I mentioned that my son Landen Myers was having some problems with his feet and after meeting with 2 specialists already, the problem was getting worse, not better. After one meeting with you and six weeks later, your recommended home treatment has him pain free and nearly back to 100%. He plays baseball for Ohio State and his first game is two weeks. THANK YOU for getting him healthy in time for the season!
on 24, Jul 2017
After experiencing foot pain for way too long, I set up an appointment with Dr. Titko. Dr. Titko immediately identified what was causing the pain. She took care of an issue I was having to ease the pain, took x-rays and will have a treatment plan by my next visit. I truly appreciate her approach and respect for my time. Dr. Titko was professional and focused but, also very personable with a great sense of humor which made for a pleasant experience despite why I was there! Her staff was friendly and efficient getting me back right on time and out quickly. I highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone experiencing similar issues.

Having Foot or Ankle Problems?

Dr. Titko has more than 20 years of medical and surgical experience treating foot and ankle conditions. Feel free to contact us at: (513) 273-5119 and speak to our trained staff. Contact us today!