What We Treat
You rely on your feet to get you where you need to go. When your feet are hurting or otherwise unable to do the job, then you need to rely on Ripepi Foot & Ankle Clinics to provide a solution! Fortunately, we provide comprehensive foot and ankle treatments to address problems ranging from dull, nagging pain and toenail issues to traumatic injuries and diabetic complications.
Some of our general practice areas include:
Ripepi Foot & Ankle Clinics provides foot care for patients of all ages, including children. We know how important your kids are to you, so we strive to provide the same gentle, effective care that you would administer to them. When it comes to children’s foot care, there are a handful of conditions that patients frequently ask us about or bring their children in to have treated, including flatfoot, intoeing, heel pain, and ingrown toenails. No matter what ails your child, Dr. Ripepi will work to resolve the problem in a compassionate manner.
Whereas we treat patients for many different foot and ankle conditions here at Ripepi Foot & Ankle Clinics, one of the most common problems is heel pain. This can certainly be attributed to the fact that the heels endure tremendous amounts of physical force throughout the course of even an average day. Further, the heel bone (calcaneus) has two important connective tissues—the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia—anchored to it. These factors mean there are several potential causes of heel pain, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and Sever’s disease.
Diabetes affects the body in a multitude of ways, including causing damage in essential body systems like the circulatory, nerves, and immune systems. Because of this, it can be easy to overlook how the disease can affect foot health. That can be a major mistake, especially because the disease can lead to Charcot foot and diabetic foot ulcers. Both conditions put you at risk for amputation, but a diabetic foot care plan can help you stay safe!
Many foot and ankle problems happen internally and are caused by biomechanical (how the foot moves, basically) issues. These can be the source of pain and discomfort, but so too can external issues. Skin and toenail conditions are not, as some people might think, merely cosmetic problems. Ingrown toenails and dry, cracked heels can both be quite painful and increase infection risk. Black toenails are often a matter of bruising in the nail bed, but sometimes are an indication of melanoma (skin cancer). Issues like these—and others (fungal toenails, severe cases of athlete’s foot, etc.)—should be addressed by a professional like Dr. Ripepi.
Contrary to a popular misconception, foot pain is not normal or something to be disregarded as “not a big deal.” Instead, it is your body’s way of saying “Hey! Something’s wrong down here!” There are numerous conditions and injuries that can cause pain in a lower limb, and your first step in addressing the problem is determining what is wrong. The best way to do this is to come to Ripepi Foot & Ankle Clinics. You will receive a professional diagnosis, and then a treatment plan to resolve the problem so you can go back to enjoying your favorite activities!
It’s difficult to overstate the importance of staying physically active. Participating in sports and exercising on a regular basis provide a wide range of benefits for both your body and mind. Unfortunately, physical activities also come with at least a certain degree of injury risk – especially for your feet and ankles. The good news is that Dr. Ripepi can provide treatment to get you back in the game. Even better, there are measures you can take to lower your foot and ankle injury risk in the first place!