Doctor Donela is a dedicated, experienced, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, and is a memeber of the American Podiatric Medical Association. 
He continually strives to keep informed of the latest technology and treatment modalities in the field of Podiatry. His special interests are biomechanical dysfunction, including heel pain and lack of first joint motion of the foot.He is a caring and compassionate physician who makes certain that his patients know how to reach him at all times. Dr. Donela continues his education by attending multiple conferences yearly on new and innovative techniques to bring the most current and advanced level of care to his patients.  

Dr. Richard Donela

Common Problems:

Heel Pain
First Joint Dysfunction
Ingrown Nails
Skin Conditions
Diabetic Wound Care
Diabetic Shoes

Heel Pain- Heel pain can be a complex, ongoing process. This disorder can be very frustrating, and can interfere with daily activities such as work or recreation. 
The condition can usually be successfully treated with conservative measures such as use of anti-inflammatory medications, biomechanical modification (orthotics), strapping, and stretching exercises. 
Treatment programs vary with each individual situation and response. Heel pain is generally the result of faulty biomechanics that place too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissues that attach to it. The stress may also result from injury, or a bruise incurred while walking, running, or jumping on hard surfaces; wearing poorly constructed footwear; or being overweight.

First Joint Dysfunction
Early signs and symptoms include:
Pain and stiffness in the big toe during use (walking, standing, bending, etc.)
Pain and stiffness aggravated by cold weather
Difficulty with certain activities (running)
Swelling around the joint

Development of a firm bump on the outside edge of the foot, at the base of the big toe. Redness, swelling, or pain at or near the MTP joint. Corns or other irritations caused by the overlap of the first and second toes. Restricted or painful motion of the big toe. 

A hammertoe is a contracture - or bending - of the toe at the first joint of the digit, called the proximal interphalangeal joint. This bending causes the toe to appear like an upside-down V when looked at from the side. Any toe can be involved, but the condition usually affects the second through fifth toes, known as the lesser digits.