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Dr. Libby Putnam

Podiatry
13 years experience female

About

Bio

Trained in Chicago and San Francisco, I practice in California. I'm passionate about healthy living, education, and volunteering and fundraising for good causes.

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Podiatry

Wound care

Doctor Q&A

696 Answers
77 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
For fun!: Many kids begin walking by spending a lot of time on their toes, which can be normal, or might be a sign of more serious diseases if accompanied by ot... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Removal...: ...Is the only permanent solution. Just the painful border can be removed, or the entire nail if necessary. After removal you can let the border grow ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
More info needed!: A lump could be any number of things--it depends on the type of "lump". Is it hard? Soft? Painful? How long has it been there? The most common lum... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Combo treatment. : If you have plantar fasciitis, and hurt most with the first few steps in the morning, the more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive shoes. ... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Keep it clean. : Diabetic ulcers will generally heal if you offload the area (keep off of it until you see your doctor), keep it covered with gauze or a dressing, have... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Less pain. : In the short-term, surgery can be painful. But after you heal, you should have decreased pain and possibly more motion at the big toe joint. There are... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Combo treatment. : If you have plantar fasciitis, and hurt most with the first few steps in the morning, the more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive shoes. ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Several treatments.: You can try over the counter wart removers, but be careful: i've seen them do more harm than good. Other options your doctor might offer include cryot... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Plantar fasciitis.: The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis: an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that helps hold up the arch of your foot. It attach... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Plantar fasciitis.: The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis: an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that helps hold up the arch of your foot. It attach... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Callus vs. bent toe: A toe that has drawn back and no longer sits straight or "flat". Sometimes it's only a tendon that holds the toe in that position, other times there's... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Removal...: ...Is the only permanent solution. Just the painful border can be removed, or the entire nail if necessary. After removal you can let the border grow ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Not super successful: Nail fungus is very common, and unfortunately very difficult to cure 100%. We can test the nail to see if it is a callused or traumatized nail or if i... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Likely 4-8 weeks.: There are many different types of bunionectomy, but the most common involve a small bone cut, sliding a portion of the bone back into place to straigh... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Plantar fasciitis.: The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis: an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that helps hold up the arch of your foot. It attach... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Elevate.: You may improve with elevation, or you may need compression socks or an oral medication to process some of the extra water you're holding. See your do... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Shoes, orthotics.: If you allow your foot to function "flat" as an adult, it can often progress to a more painful, flatter foot over months to years. This may be due to ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Trauma, cutting...: Some develop because of a fungus, some because of previous trauma to the nail. Other time it's due to the way you cut them, or if you dug too deep in ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Several treatments.: You can try over the counter wart removers, but be careful: i've seen them do more harm than good. Other options your doctor might offer include cryot... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Wound care. : Diabetic ulcers will generally heal if you offload the area (decrease direct pressure with an insert, or a wheelchair), have your doctor trim the call... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Depends.: Depending on your procedure, you may be able to bear weight after surgery, or you may be non-weight-bearing for several weeks after. Ask your surgeon ... Read More
A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Combo treatment. : If you have plantar fasciitis, and hurt most with the first few steps in the morning, the more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive shoes. ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Several treatments.: You can try over the counter wart removers, but be careful: i've seen them do more harm than good. Other options your doctor might offer include cryot... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Callus vs. bent toe: A toe that has drawn back and no longer sits straight or "flat" is a hammertoe--this is usually in reference to one of the smaller toes, not the big o... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Not likely.: Most cases of plantar fasciitis can be controlled with conservative combination treatment. The more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive sh... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Several treatments.: You can try over the counter wart removers, but be careful: i've seen them do more harm than good. Other options your doctor might offer include cryot... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Pain, redness.: Redness and pain along the nail border, sometimes with drainage indicates an ingrown toenail. If your ingrown nail is infected, you'll likely need ant... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Don't use antifreeze: You can try over the counter wart removers from the drug store, but be careful: i've seen them do more harm than good. Other options your doctor might... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Varies greatly. : Unfortunately, yes, recovering from surgery can be painful, but the more you elevate after surgery, the less you swell, and the less you swell, the le... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Several treatments.: You can try over the counter wart removers, but be careful: i've seen them do more harm than good. Other options your doctor might offer include cryot... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Several treatments.: You can try over the counter wart removers, but be careful: i've seen them do more harm than good. Other options your doctor might offer include cryot... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Several treatments.: You can try over the counter wart removers, but be careful: i've seen them do more harm than good. Other options your doctor might offer include cryot... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Bunion surgery.: If you elect to have it surgically removed, there are several ways your surgeon could go about it. Depending on the angle of your bones (you'll need a... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Surgery vs. padding.: If you catch hammertoes in the early stages, a small, in-office procedure to release one of the tendons will often allow the toe to lie straight again... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Not just flat feet!: Plantar fasciitis is inflammation in the thick, fibrous band of tissue that helps support the arch of your foot. This can occur because of poor shoege... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Several options.: There are several options for treating diabetic neuropathy, ranging from topical creams to different kinds of oral medications. See your doctor for a ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
It can.: People can get hammertoes several different ways, including just an unlucky roll of the genetic dice, but the fundamental result is usually the same: ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Combo treatment. : If you have plantar fasciitis, and hurt most with the first few steps in the morning, the more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive shoes. ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
They can. : Sometimes they hurt, other times they are completely asymptomatic. If you think you have one, ask your general doctor, a podiatrist, or a dermatologis... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Very little!: Pin removal is usually a pretty easy, uncomplicated process. It's done in the office and after several weeks the pins are "ready" to come out, meaning... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Might not work.: Cryotherapy (freezing) a wart is not always the most effective treatment for larger warts, and a nickel-sized wart is pretty impressive. Ask your podi... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
See your doctor. : You can try over the counter wart removers, but be careful: i've seen them do more harm than good. Other options your doctor might offer include cryot... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Several treatments.: You can try over the counter wart removers, but be careful: i've seen them do more harm than good. Other options your doctor might offer include cryot... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Combo treatment. : If you have plantar fasciitis, and hurt most with the first few steps in the morning, the more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive shoes. ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Oral medication. : Along with washing your feet regularly and wearing clean socks, if you have tried prescription anti fungal creams without success, you may need a shor... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Most of the time. : If you use them properly. If you're looking to beef up the shoes you already have, get a good insert or custom orthotic: you can use them to improve t... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Wound care. : Diabetic ulcers will generally heal if you offload the area (decrease direct pressure with an insert, or a wheelchair), have your doctor trim the call... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Fracture or PF.: Could be many things, but the two most likely are either a stress frature or plantar fasciitis. The best way to know is to get an x-ray of your foot. ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Pain, callus: Plantar warts are usually on the bottom (sole) of the foot, and are usually surrounded by callus tissue. Often they are painful to squeeze, and they d... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Podiatrist.: We're a very important member of your health care team, along with your primary care doc, endocrinologist, etc. We can provide nail care, check ups, w... Read More

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For the most thorough foot and ankle care in Statesboro and all of Bulloch county you can't get any better than Dr. Putnam.
Mar 25, 2013
Great responses!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Putnam is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
Graduated 2009MD

Residency

Palo Alto Health Care System

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Savannah, GA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Savannah, GA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Savannah, GA - Winter
2013
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