Dr. Nicholas Costidakis, or “Dr. Nick,” as his patients affectionately refer to him, and his staff at the Family Foot Clinic are dedicated to providing comprehensive foot care for your entire family in a caring and friendly environment.
Dr. Nick believes each patient’s circumstance is unique. In order to provide quality, individualized care, he takes time to listen to his patients and explain their condition to them. Treatment always begins with conservative non-surgical methods. If surgery is indicated, Dr. Costidakis has privileges at Unity Surgical Center, Franciscan Health – Rensselaer and Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health — Lafayette Central and Lafayette East.
To schedule an appointment, please call 765.447.4776
For your convenience, we are in the office:
Lafayette: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 8 am – 5 pm
Rensselaer: Wednesdays 8 am – 3 pm
If you have a medical issue or concern after hours and you’re an established Unity Healthcare patient, call your physician for further direction. All others, visit Unity Immediate Care Center or seek emergency medical assistance as needed at a local hospital.
Please visit us at our main office is in Lafayette or our satellite office at Franciscan Health – Rensselaer. Your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities.
Family Foot Clinic provides foot care for everyone – from pediatrics to geriatrics. Here are the most common problems we see in the office:
Arch and Heel Pain: Plantar fasciitis: is an inflammation of the connective tissue, called plantar fascia that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone. It causes heel, arch pain, and is often caused by overpronation. As the foot rolls inward excessively when walking, it flattens the foot, lengthens the arch, and puts added tension on the plantar fascia, which causes inflammation.
Bunions: A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. It forms when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. The skin over the bunion might be red and sore. Wearing tight, narrow shoes might cause bunions or make them worse. Bunions also can develop as a result of an inherited structural defect, stress on your foot or a medical condition, such as arthritis. Bunions are permanent unless surgically corrected.
Diabetic Foot Care: Diabetes can be extremely dangerous to your feet. Without proper care, you can lose a toe, foot, or leg. Poorly fitting shoes are one of the biggest culprits of diabetic foot complications. Watch for red spots, sore spots, blisters, corns, calluses, or consistent pain associated with wearing shoes. If you have long-standing or poorly controlled diabetes, you are also at risk for having damage to the nerves in your feet. You may not be able to properly sense minor injuries, such as cuts, scrapes and blisters-all signs of abnormal wear, tear, and foot strain, and extremely dangerous to diabetics.
Diabetic Shoes: Diabetic shoes are designed to provide comfort and style while allowing diabetic patients to maintain an active, healthy and productive lifestyle. Family Foot Clinic offers Anodyne diabetic shoes because the company consistently delivers meticulous design, quality craftsmanship and rigorous attention to detail.
Foot Sprains: A foot sprain is a tear of ligaments, the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect bones to one another inside a joint. Sprains of the foot are fairly rare, except in people who participate in certain sports or occupations that subject the feet to abnormal twisting motions or bends.
Hammer Toe: A hammer toe is a deformity that causes your toe to bend or curl downward instead of pointing forward. This deformity can affect any toe on your foot. Although a hammer toe may be present at birth, it usually develops over time due to arthritis or wearing ill-fitting shoes, such as tight, pointed heels. In most cases, a hammer toe condition is treatable.
Ingrown Toenails: An ingrown toenail is caused by pressure from the ingrowth of the nail edge into the skin of the toe. Once the edge of the nail breaks through the skin, it produces inflammation. Initially presenting as a minor discomfort, it may progress into an infection in the adjacent skin and/or become a reoccurring problem. Improper trimming of the toenail, a hereditary condition, and improper shoe fitting often causes ingrown toenails. Injury by overly aggressive pedicures and nail picking are also common causes.
Neuroma: A neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes. It brings on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.
Orthotic Therapy: An orthotic is a device that fits into your shoes. The purpose is to rebalance and reposition your feet relative to the ground. Orthotics can be used to treat a wide variety of foot pain along with ankle, leg, knee, hip, and back pain.
Sports Injuries: Injuries to the foot due to sports can occur suddenly or develop gradually often through overuse. You should see a doctor if you have severe pain, especially when walking, severe swelling, altered sensation in the foot, or unable to complete normal daily activities.
Stress Fractures: A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone, or severe bruising within a bone. Most stress fractures are caused by overuse and repetitive activity. The weight-bearing bones of the foot and lower leg are especially vulnerable to stress fractures because of the repetitive forces they must absorb during activities like walking, running, and jumping.
Tendonitis: Foot and ankle tendonitis is a common cause of foot pain. It occurs when there is inflammation or irritation of the tendons, which is usually due to overuse from repetitive movements, stretching, or an injury. Symptoms typically consist of pain, swelling and stiffness. It usually takes two to three months to recover, but it can take much longer without the proper treatment so early diagnosis and treatment is essential.
Warts: Plantar warts are small growths that usually appear on the heels or other weight-bearing areas of your feet. This pressure may also cause plantar warts to grow inward beneath a hard, thick layer of skin (callus). Plantar warts are caused by HPV. The virus enters your body through tiny cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the bottom of your feet.
Wound Care: An accident or injury can cause wounds on the feet, but sores or infections that don’t heal in a reasonable amount of time are usually caused by an underlying medical condition. Foot wounds can easily become infected and create serious health issues so it is important to seek medical attention especially if the wound is not healing, or you have diabetes, neuropathy, or poor circulation.
Thank you for choosing Family Foot Clinic for your podiatry needs.
Please print off and complete the New Patient Form and bring it to your first appointment. If you do not want to complete the form in advance, please arrive 15-20 minutes earlier than your appointment time. Bring a photo ID, insurance cards and a list of medications to your first appointment.
As a courtesy, we provide an appointment reminder call a few days before your scheduled appointment. If you miss our call, please call us back to confirm your appointment. As always, it is your responsibility to remember the appointment and to make transportation arrangements.
Please call us 48 hours ahead of time if you need to change your appointment so that slot can be given to another patient. We keep a” wait list” in an effort to accommodate people waiting to be seen sooner.
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