Dr. Hames is available to treat foot and ankle ailments such as diabetic foot care, ingrown toenails, fungal toenails, warts and painful calluses. Our practice specializes in surgical and general foot care. Please call (256) 760-8485 for an appointment.
Through intensive surgical training and continuous refinements in surgical technique, we are able to offer advanced surgical care for complex deformities, conditions, and injuries of the foot. Our areas or surgical expertise include:
- Heel surgery
- Fracture surgery
- Bunion surgery
- Hammertoe surgery
- Flatfoot repair
- High arch repair
- Diabetic foot reconstruction
- Athletic & performing arts injuries
- Neurologic disorders
- Arthritic joint reconstruction
- Puncture wounds & lacerations
- Pediatric foot deformities
We are strong advocates of preventative medicine and patient education. We stress that in addition to athletes and those with diabetes, patients of all ages should be aware of foot health. Our general services include treatment for:
- Ingrown toenails
- Heel pain
- Corns & calluses
- Diabetic foot care
- Limb salvage
- Bunions & Hammertoes
- Skin & Nail conditions
- Fractures & Sprains
- Orthosis fabrication
- Circulation problems
- Sports medicine
- Specialty Surgeries
Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, often resulting in one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle to be stretched or torn. If not properly treated, ankle sprains could develop into long-term problems.
Bunions are misaligned big toe joints that can become swollen and tender, causing the first joint of the big toe to slant outward, and the second joint to angle toward the other toes.
Flat feet are a common condition. In infants and toddlers, the longitudinal arch is not developed and flat feet are normal. The arch develops in childhood, and by adulthood, most people have developed normal arches.
Hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. Left untreated, hammertoes can become inflexible and require surgery.
Diabetes and Your Feet
With a diabetic foot, a wound as small as a blister from wearing a shoe that's too tight can cause a lot of damage. Diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slow to heal.
Plantar fasciitis (or heel pain) is commonly traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Our practice can evaluate arch pain, and may prescribe customized shoe inserts called orthoses to help alleviate the pain.
Corns and calluses are protective layers of compacted, dead skin cells. They are caused by repeated friction from skin rubbing against bony areas or against an irregularity in a shoe. Corns ordinarily form on the toes and calluses on the soles of the feet.
A chronic infection caused by various types of fungus, Athlete's foot is often spread in places where people go barefoot such as public showers or swimming pools.