Our feet and ankles are our primary modality of mobility, so their health is of the utmost importance. Whether we’re walking around the house, to our vehicles, or at work, we’re constantly on our feet. When we sustain a foot or ankle injury, it can be quite debilitating. Thankfully, there are doctors who specialize in treating our feet and ankles, and can restore our ability to walk with ease and improve our quality of life.
What kind of doctor do I see for foot pain?
Whether you’re injured at work, home, at an athletic event, or just have been experiencing increasing discomfort, foot pain or ankle pain can hinder your mobility — and life. At Advanced Foot and Ankle, our foot and ankle specialists are highly experienced at getting you back on your feet.
When you come to Advanced Foot and Ankle, you will see a foot and ankle specialist who is ready to undertake even the most complex problems. Unlike a generalist, our foot and ankle specialists intensely focus on the foot and ankle — based on a framework of general podiatric knowledge to provide the best understanding of how all the parts of the body work together to keep you moving. And for you, that means the highest level of foot and ankle care.
What does a foot and ankle doctor do?
Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists’ podiatric team include doctors with advanced education in foot and ankle disorders. We have the skills and experience necessary to help people overcome most foot, ankle and lower leg problems. Our areas of expertise include:
- Foot deformities, including flattened or collapsed arches
- Hammertoe, heel spurs andplantar fasciitis
- Non-surgical treatments such as bracing, orthotics (custom shoe inserts) and podiatric rehabilitation
- Foot and ankle traumaand fractures.
- Athlete’s foot and fungal toenail infections
- Instability, including ankle and foot sprains and strains
- Tendon injuries and repairs, including Achillesrupture
What is the difference between an orthopedist and a podiatrist?
Both podiatrists and orthopedists treat and perform surgery on the feet and lower legs. While a podiatrist’s practice is limited to that area, an orthopedist might also work on the hips, shoulders, elbows, hands or spine. An orthopedist might treat conditions such as fractures, dislocations and torn ligaments in any joint. In addition, an orthopedist might treat scoliosis, arthritis, osteoporosis or bone tumors. A podiatrist will focus on lower leg and foot problems such as providing diabetic foot care, performing bunionectomies, treating calluses, or removing bone spurs. Either professional might prescribe braces and splints for the lower legs and feet or shoe inserts called orthotics.
Because orthopedists have a much wider scope of practice than podiatrists, many specialize in areas, such as spine surgery. Some orthopedists limit their practice to the shoulders, hands, hips or feet. Others may perform a range of surgeries but specialize in pediatric care. Some orthopedists choose specialties such as reconstructive surgery or sports medicine. Podiatrists could specialize in podiatric sports medicine, where they focus on treating and preventing foot and ankle injuries for athletes. Podiatrists might also specialize in pediatrics or might choose to perform only advanced surgical procedures such as foot and ankle reconstruction.
If you or someone you know has recently sustained an injury to their feet or ankles, or has been dealing with a foot or ankle injury for a while, do not hesitate to come to Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists today! We have certified foot and ankle specialists to help you relieve pain and regain your mobility! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!