Dr. Libby Putnam

Podiatry
14 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
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Elevate.: She may improve with elevation, or she may need compression socks or an oral medication to process some of the extra water she's holding. See her doct... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Not severe.: 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
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
ESWT.: If you've tried supportive shoes, inserts, icing, stretching, and oral antiinflammatories for 6-8 weeks straight, you may need cortisone injections or... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Warts can be frozen.: Freezing--or cryotherapy--can be an effective wart treatment, as can certain chemicals or burning with electrocautery. Calluses, unfortunately, occur ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Good habits. : Diabetics should get into the habit of checking their feet daily for changes. Keep them moisturized with good lotion rather than soaking (which can dr... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Anywhere!: Toes and weight bearing areas are the most common culprits, but anywhere there is trauma or pressure can become a problem for diabetics.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Keep it dry.: You never want a wet bandage to remain on a wound--it can cause skin breakdown or allow infection, and can make the wound bigger. If the dressing gets... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Combo treatment. : The more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive shoes. #2: firm inserts or orthotics. #3: oral antiinflammatories (check with your doctor... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Bunion surgery.: There are no braces or exercises to get rid of a bunion. If you have it surgically removed, there are several ways your surgeon could go about it. Dep... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Both.: Any diabetic (type 1 or 2) with peripheral neuropathy is at risk for developing a foot ulcer. Wear good protective supportive shoes, perform daily foo... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Break them in. : Ask for specific directions from the doctor or professional who prescribed or made them for you, but the general rule is that you want to gradually in... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Several treatments.: The reason you hear so many different treatments for toenail fungus is because there is no perfect, sure-fire treatment that works 100% of the time. I... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Don't do that.: Self-surgery is never a good idea. You can try over the counter wart removers, but be careful: i've seen them do more harm than good. Other options yo... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Elevate!: The first few weeks after foot surgery gravity is your enemy. Keep your dressing clean, dry, and intact, and elevate the foot. The more you elevate, t... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 63-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Not guaranteed.: The reason you hear so many different treatments for toenail fungus is because there is no perfect, sure-fire treatment that works 100% of the time. I... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Very common.: Which isn't a good thing. A diabetic foot ulcer is an outward sign of an internal problem that has been going on for far too long already. Ulcers occu... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Yes.: Podiatrists do it more often, though, so if you're able to, see the specialist.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Bunion surgery.: There are no braces or exercises to get rid of a bunion. If you elect to have it surgically removed, there are several ways your surgeon could go abou... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Bent toe.: 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
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Good habits. : Diabetics should get into the habit of checking their feet daily for changes. Keep them moisturized with good lotion rather than soaking (which can dr... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Bunion surgery.: There are no braces or exercises to get rid of a bunion. If you have it surgically removed, there are several ways your surgeon could go about it. Dep... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Probably.: There are lots of causes of ankle pain, but most problems are made worse by movement of the joint. If playing basketball increases your pain, wearing ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Dehydration. : There are several ways to treat night cramps, including drinking enough water during the day, making sure you're eating a balanced diet with a multivi... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
We can try!: Toenail 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 i... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Several treatments.: The reason you hear so many different treatments for toenail fungus is because there is no perfect, sure-fire treatment that works 100% of the time. I... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 years experience
Maybe?: The reason you hear so many different treatments for toenail fungus is because there is no perfect, sure-fire treatment that works 100% of the time. I... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 14 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Testimonials
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Thank you notes
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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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I am going to try some of these. R there antiflamatory pills over the counter tho?
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks, I haven't been too Dr yet. Just the thought raises my anxiety
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you!!!! This answer was very helpful!!!!! Is there an alternativ

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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