When to see a Foot & Ankle Specialist?
A foot and ankle specialist is a doctor who concentrates on maintaining the health of and treating problems of the foot and ankle. Doctors who specialize in these disorders are called podiatrists. When a general healthcare physician is unable to provide a solution for continuing problems of the foot and ankle, many people seek a specialist, such as a podiatrist, for advanced treatment.
1) What Is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon?
Foot and ankle surgeons are the surgical specialists of the podiatric profession. They provide complete medical and surgical care for a wide variety of conditions—from sudden injuries to chronic disorders—that can affect people of every age.
Foot and ankle surgeons are highly educated and trained in their field. After earning a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from a 4-year podiatric medical school, they undergo an intensive postgraduate residency in podiatric medicine and surgery. These residencies, which usually take 3 years, are similar to those for MDs and DOs. The big difference is that DPMs handle a higher volume of cases involving foot and ankle problems, giving them special expertise in this part of the body.
2) When to See a Foot and Ankle Surgeon
- Changes in Appearance of Foot or Ankle such as:
- Growths or lump
- Discoloration (bruising or redness)
- Abnormality, for example:
- Certain Medical Conditions such as Diabetes or arthritis
- Unhealed Sore on the Foot
- Injuries such as sprains, fractures, and torn tendons
It is not normal to have pain in your heel, foot or ankle. This pain also often limits you from doing the activities you enjoy. Many conditions do not get better with time due to the fact that the average person walks 5000-7000 stapes a day. Let us help your pain go away so you can get back to the life you enjoy. Also if you have Diabetes, it is necessary to have proper foot care that we can provide to maintain the overall health of your feet.
If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, contact Achilles Podiatry Group. We specialize in the treatment of all foot and ankle disorders. Our team of board-certified doctors and trained office staff work together to meet your podiatric needs.