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Podiatry

Complete Podiatry services to get you back on your feet.

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foot pain isn’t supposed to be normal 

Do you suffer from heel pain, unsightly toenails, or foot deformities? Dr. Richard C. Bennett, DPM, can evaluate your situation and discuss the best way to give you some relief. He uses the latest technology to diagnose and treat your problems to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. Healthy Connections now also features the latest FDA approved laser treatment for toenail fungus.

 

Our Provider

Richard Bennett, DPM
Podiatrist

TESTIMONIALS

“Dr. Bennett recently treated me for a plantar’s wart. I had not had one in over 20 years and remembered the process of being treated as very painful. The old way was to cut through the skin surgically with a knife and then bandage it, take a couple of weeks to recover, it could get infected, etc. etc. When Dr. Bennett treated me with the new laser for my recent episode, I was shocked at how easy and painless the treatment had become. The treatment was over before it began! And NO recovery! No bandages, no keeping it antiseptically clean for a week, no exercise restrictions — it was over fast and painlessly! He is amazing! Can’t recommend him more highly! I will definitely be a repeat patient of Dr. Bennett’s.”

 

“Great bed-side manner…seemed very well informed and knowledgeable…didn’t push unneeded procedures.”

 

“I would like to thank Dr. Bennett for his kindness and patience with my foot problem. He made me feel so relieved to know that this problem is not as bad as I thought. The laser treatment was performed with the utmost care and concern for me and his knowledge in his field is impeccable. I will be visiting the clinic again and will recommend Dr. Bennett to my friends. Thanks again. “

 

 

what we treat

Healthy Connections treats an assortment of foot conditions.

Nail fungus (onychomycosis) is an infection of the toenail or fingernail plate and underlying nail bed. It is contagious, meaning you picked it up from someone else or somewhere else.

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Arthritis is a painful condition of any joint. While there are different types of arthritis, (such as osteoarthritis, gout, traumatic, and rheumatoid) most of the time we are talking about osteoarthritis.

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Gout is a form of arthritis that involves crystal formation within the joint fluid. These crystals can cause swelling, heat and reddening around the affected joint.

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Red, scaly, itchy patches on your feet are usually the first signs you have picked up a fungal infection. While this is more common in the humid seasons, it can occur any time of year.

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Warts are caused by a virus. The result is an often hard, unsightly callus with an unusual texture. Dark spots may be noted within the body of the callus, and if picked at or disturbed, they may bleed.

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A bunion is a bone deformity at the base of the great toe, or hallux. As the deformity becomes larger, the joint can become more painful and swollen, and wearing shoes becomes an issue.

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Individuals diagnosed with diabetes need to have their feet inspected by a podiatrist at least once a year,and more frequently if they are experiencing trouble managing their diabetes.

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A hammertoe is simply a contracted or bent toe. In the early stages, it can be stretched (extended) or flexed (contracted). Over enough time, the toe or toes can become stiff, and painful.

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These interchangeable  terms refer to abnormally thickened skin over an area of pressure or friction. Calluses are often seen over the top of a hammertoe, or at the end of the toe under the nail.. Bunions can develop.

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This diagnosis is often made when a patient presents with a complaint of pain under their heel bone, or calcaneus. It can affect one foot at a time, or both feet simultaneously. The patient usually has pain after a period of rest. 

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Painful, reddened areas of skin along the edges of a nail indicate an ingrown nail. Some cases are very mild, with simple resection of the end of the nail offering relief, and more severe cases require local anesthesia

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Podiatrists often prescribe if patient hasn’t responded to other measures. A standardized x-ray evaluation is performed, a history and physical exam are taken, and an impression casting of both feet is done.

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