Dr. Yuko Miyazaki provides comprehensive foot care services for patients from across the entire San Francisco Bay area (and beyond!). For every patient who comes into her office, Dr. Miyazaki takes the time to understand the nature of the problem and symptoms it is causing. From there, she is able to create a treatment plan to properly address it.
The exact nature of your treatment plan will depend on a wide range of factors—the foot or ankle problem, its severity, your lifestyle and goals, etc.—but this page will help you to gain an understanding of what Dr. Miyazaki will be able to do for you.
Custom Orthotic Devices
You have likely seen shoe inserts in retail stores or at nationwide pharmacies. These inserts can provide extra cushioning or even supply additional arch support in a pair of shoes. What they cannot do, however, is treat medical conditions. Too many people mistakenly label those off-the-shelf inserts as “orthotics,” but the orthotic devices customized by podiatrists like Dr. Miyazaki are prescribed as treatment (or prevention) for a foot or ankle issue.
Custom orthotics are used in the treatment of a range of conditions that include: plantar fasciitis, bunions, flatfoot, cavus foot (high arch), hammertoe, hallux rigidus (stiff big toe), and metatarsalgia (forefoot pain). These medical devices can either be accommodative (provide cushioning or relieve pressure) or functional (designed to correct abnormal motion in the lower limbs).
In addition to crafting orthotics, our office also offers diabetic shoes. Individuals who have diabetes simply must take extra care of their feet. There are other facets to a comprehensive diabetic foot care plan, like daily foot inspections, but protecting the feet is imperative. With this in mind, Dr. Miyazaki has several options she may use to help accommodate diabetic patients.
Diabetic Foot Care
There are many ways diabetes can affect physical health, but it would be an egregious mistake to overlook the effects diabetes can have on the health of your feet. Diabetes can lead to impaired blood flow and damaged nerves that open the door for serious medical complications like Charcot foot and diabetic foot ulcers. The severe foot deformity of Charcot foot is certainly concerning, but diabetic foot ulcers lead to an increased risk of foot amputations. We can help you by creating an effective diabetic foot care plan to reduce your odds of experiencing a serious medical complication, and also providing treatment for when problems are discovered early.
Heel Pain Treatment
One of the most common foot problems adults develop is heel pain.. There are several potential causes of this problem—including plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis—but the good news is that we can often resolve the problem with conservative (nonsurgical) methods. Treatment options can include custom orthotics, medication, stretching exercises, and even taking time from high-impact activities (we can recommend low-impact ones that may work better for you).
Professional Care for Sports Injuries
Much like with heel pain treatment, we are able to create conservative treatment plans to address foot and ankle sports injuries. If you are hurt while exercising or playing sports, come to our office and have Dr. Miyazaki diagnose your injury, and then provide treatment to relieve pain and ensure optimal healing.
Foot and Ankle Surgery
Of course, the hope is that we can treat your condition through nonsurgical methods, but we are fully aware that sometimes this simply isn’t possible. For that reason, we offer first-class surgical services for our patients. No matter if the procedure is an arthroscopy, bunionectomy, or any other surgical option, you can know that you are in good hands with Dr. Miyazaki. Plus, we will always be with you through your recovery to ensure full healing from your injury.
Comprehensive Foot Care Services
Treatment for your foot or ankle problem will depend on an array of factors. Dr. Yuko Miyazaki considers every case on an individual basis, and then creates customized treatment plans to address symptoms and get you back to health. For more information about our Berkeley office, or to request an appointment, give us a call today at (510) 647-3744.