Podiatrist in San Francisco
Magdalena Blasko Treats a Variety of Common Foot Conditions, Such As Toe & Nail Disorders, Chronic Venous Insufficiency, Lymphedema, Biomechanical Issues Among Others. Call (415) 212-7740, Book an Appointment Online or Visit Us Today at 1600 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94115.
Foot problems can cause everything from chronic pain to difficulty walking. While a standard primary care physician does handle some concerns, someone who specializes in foot care is often your best choice. Magdalena Blasko gives San Francisco, CA and the surrounding area solutions for toe and nail disorders, chronic venous insufficiency, lymphedema, and so much more.
Our Podiatrist’s Scope of Practice
A podiatrist is a physician who specializes in caring for conditions and issues affecting the foot or ankle. Our foot doctor focuses on issues that affect the toenails as well. We take care of patients of all ages ranging from kids to seniors.
When to See a Podiatrist
We recommend seeing a podiatrist if you have swelling in your feet or ankles that doesn’t subside over the course of a few days. Additionally, you should visit our office if you have any signs of a fungal infection because only minor infections will clear up on their own. Sometimes, even minor infections don’t go away and will turn into a more serious infection if not treated properly. We recommend patients see a podiatrist if they have pain in any of the joints, foot or ankle. This could be an acute issue, but sometimes, joint pain is a sign of arthritis. Sores, blisters, and skin discoloration on the foot can indicate a person has poorly controlled diabetes. You should also visit a podiatrist if you have any kind of pain or discomfort that’s limiting your mobility or interfering with your daily activities. Individuals who have difficulty cutting their toenails due to mobility limitations should seek out a professional.
Why Diabetics Require Foot Care
Diabetics are more prone to foot problems. For one, diabetics are more at risk for having cardiovascular issues that limit blood flow to their feet. A person with diabetes may have issues with dry skin, rashes, and infections. In some cases, a diabetic may require a foot amputation as a result of diabetes-related complications although, this is extremely rare. However, with proper care, a person’s risk of foot-related complications is reduced. Generally, a diabetic should seek out care from a podiatrist at least one time per year.
Diagnostics a Podiatrist Provides
Often, just looking at your feet is enough for Magdalena Blasko to determine what the right course of action is. She’ll look for signs of an ulcer or other noticeable issues. She’ll check for swelling and discoloration. Other than a visual examination, our podiatrist may want to see how you walk, which is known as a gait evaluation. However, in some cases, she may need to use an X-ray or other imaging to get a view of the internal structure of your foot.
Treatments a Podiatrist Provides
One treatment a podiatrist may administer is an antifungal to treat infections caused by fungi. In some cases, a person may require an oral antibiotic for a foot infection, in particular, diabetics who have infections. Sometimes, a prescription-strength cream is adequate. On the other hand, if you don’t respond to medication for a fungal infection, Magdalena Blasko is able to provide a laser treatment to target the affected area. Some issues require you to be sized for a compression stocking. One example is chronic venous insufficiency. The stocking prohibits excessive blood from flowing backward. It’s beneficial to those who have ulcers and other foot problems because it allows the area to heal more efficiently. Our office is even able to care for breaks, sprains, strains, or fractures in the foot and ankle using casts and braces.
For all foot related treatments, contact Magdalena Blasko DPM INC at (415) 212-7740 to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.