Dr. Mark E. Sowell, DPM | Dr. Matthew Daugherty, DPM
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Sowell Podiatry makes every effort to comply with HIPPA standards. We feel it is important to gain our patients trust by protecting their privacy for them. Patients determine how their information is used and we follow their wishes concerning communication about them...read more
Sowell Podiatry Core Value – WE ARE AVAILABLE TO OUR PATIENTS IN THEIR TIME OF NEED, EVEN IF IT IS AFTER HOURS.
We care about our patients and want to be available to them around the clock. Podiatry does not have many “emergencies” and therefore allows us to be fairly open with our contact information. We trust our patients to use wisdom when deciding if they are experiencing...read more
Rest pain is a pain that is typically felt in the feet and legs while trying to fall asleep. Patients will describe a burning that often requires them to get up and move around or to hang their feet off of the side of the bed. Some patients will even sleep in a...read more
Sowell Podiatry Core Value – WE TREAT ALL PATIENTS WITH COMPASSION AND CARE, INCLUDING THE PATIENTS WE SEE IN NURSING HOMES.
Nursing home residents deserve the same care and compassion as any patient in our practice. Dr. Sowell has always had a heart for elderly patients, particularly those in nursing home facilities. He has seen patients in nursing home facilities since August 1997 and...read more
Sowell Podiatry Core Value – WE STRIVE TO REDUCE DIABETIC FOOT COMPLICATIONS FOR OUR PATIENTS AND OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH EDUCATION AND EARLY INTERVENTION.
Dr. Sowell will take every opportunity to speak to or educate diabetics concerning their foot and medical care. Too many people with diabetes suffer from wounds, infections and amputations that could be prevented with early diagnosis and treatment. Diabetic foot...read more
Sowell Podiatry Core Value – WE EDUCATE PATIENTS ON THEIR DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OPTIONS WHILE ALSO PROVIDING A PLAN FOR PREVENTION.
Diagnosis and treatment are not enough. Patients need to be educated on their condition, treatment options and prevention. Too often patients settle for a quick diagnosis from their physician and are handed a prescription on the way out without any explanation as to...read more
An ingrown toenail is a result of a nail growing into the skin that surrounds it. The big toe is the most common location but it may occur in any digit. At Sowell Podiatry, ingrown toes nails are very common. Too often these ingrown toenails are not cared for...read more
Dr. Sowell loves his patients. He spends time getting to know each one and feels he is very fortunate to be in a profession that can provide so much pain relief! He calls them at home, checks on their care, visits at hospitals and seeks advice on cases that need...read more
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a condition that affects approximately 12 million Americans. It occurs when blood vessels become narrowed and restrict blood flow. PAD can develop in many areas of the body but is very often first seen in the lower legs and...read more
Morton's Neuroma is a benign thickening or enlargement of an intermetatarsal plantar nerve. The area of the foot known as “the ball of the foot” is made up of five large joints with very little room in the spaces between the joints. When these joints bump together,...read more
A hammertoe is a change in toe position due to contracture of tendons, laxity of ligaments or arthritic change in joints. These generally progress over time and have many causes and presentations. Hammertoes, one of the most painful foot ailments, can often be traced...read more
A podiatrist, like myself, is trained to handle almost all conditions concerning the foot. Not a week goes by in my office that someone does not come in with some sort of broken bone. If you feel you have broken a bone in your foot please seek medical attention...read more
Our bodies have a wonderful ability to protect us from injury. For example, reflexes help us avoid many bumps and bruises. Another protective ability we don’t often think about is the skin’s ability to avoid ulceration. When the foot is getting a large amount of...read more
A bunion is a bony lump on the side of your foot, which develops when your big toe starts to angle towards your second toe. The bunion eventually causes discomfort and pain. The skin over the lump can become red, blistered or infected. A fluid-filled space called a...read more
Today, we know that you don’t have be a liar, touch a toad, or drink a witch’s evil potion to get a wart. In all probability, you can’t even grow one by touching another person’s wart. Apparently, these lesions are non-contagious but can spread within the...read more
The band that runs along the bottom of the foot from your heel to the ball of the foot is called the plantar fascia. To find your plantar fascia, simply lift your big toe and the plantar fascia will typically “pooch” out along the arch on the bottom of your foot. The...read more