What is a foot doctor called?
The name for a medical specialist in feet is called a podiatrist. A podiatrist is a medical specialist that specializes in the treatment of conditions which affect your feet or lower legs. They can treat injuries to those areas as well as provide treatment for ongoing, chronic conditions such as diabetes. In addition, they also help with the prevention and treatment of deformities to the feet and ankles, help to keep people active and mobile, and to relieve pain and treat infections that affect the feet and lower legs.
Can a podiatrist help with nerve pain?
Podiatrists can help with the treatment of neuropathy, or nerve pain, through a variety of treatments and medical solutions. Nerve damage and pain is common in those who have diabetes, but the condition can also be caused by the side effects of medication, infections, autoimmune disorders, injuries, or simply as a result of aging.
For those with neuropathy, symptoms may manifest as numbness or tingling in your feet, or even a pins-and-needles sensation. Numbness is the most serious symptom of neuropathy, as it can potentially lead to serious infections in your feet as if you are unable to feel them, you will not notice when you experience a cut or other minor injury that could result in or cause an infection. Other symptoms of nerve pain may include burning or shooting pain, extreme sensitivity to touch or pressure, cramps and swelling, balance issues, and difficulty with walking.
There are a variety of treatments that your podiatrist may offer to help you manage or relieve your nerve pain. A podiatrist may prescribe medications to relieve the pain or burning sensations but may also work on improving your balance and ability to walk through physical therapy. They may also recommend and prescribe you orthotics – which are specially designed inserts for your shoes – particularly if you are experiencing numbness in your feet.
Does a podiatrist work with ankles?
Podiatrists work and specialize in the treatment of foot and ankle problems, so yes, they absolutely do work with ankles. Podiatrists treat patients of any age for a variety of conditions, which may include:
- Fractures and sprains, which are common injuries to the feet and ankles and podiatrists may frequently be found in the field of sports medicine;
- Bunions and hammertoes, both of these conditions affect the bones of your feet with bunions occurring when the joint at the base of your big toe grows larger or is knocked out of place, while a hammertoe is a toe that does not bend the correct way;
- Nail disorders, such as toenail infections or infections that result from ingrown toenails;
- Diabetes, which can cause serious complications in your feet and legs if left untreated and undiagnosed, for those with diabetes, make certain to have any sores or calluses on your feet examined;
- Arthritis, which may be the result of inflammation, wear and tear of the joints, or swelling;
- Growing pains, if there appears to be something abnormal about the growth of your child’s feet, then a podiatrist may be able to help;
- Morton’s neuroma, which is the result of nerve problems between the third and fourth toes that can cause pain, burning, and the sensation that something is in your shoe.
If you find yourself with a foot or ankle problem, then a podiatrist will be able to help you. You can either get a referral to one through your primary care physician or try and locate one on your own.
For those in the Lake View area of Chicago who need podiatric treatment, then the doctors at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists are here to help. We are conveniently located at 3115 N Harlem Ave #200 Chicago, IL 60634. Please call us at (773) 673-9898 or visit us online to book your appointment.