Clearly, a podiatrist is a doctor for foot and ankle problems. However, not many know fully what a podiatrist does. Many have never been to a podiatrist, even if that is where they should go instead of their general practitioner. With any foot and ankle problems, you should visit a podiatrist because they can provide much more specialized treatment.
Anyone can experience foot and ankle conditions, particularly athletes! Specific conditions that podiatrists treat include plantar fasciitis, bunions, calluses/corns, hammertoe, and much more. If you are experiencing foot and/or ankle pain, a podiatrist can treat it. Your feet are comprised of hundreds of tendons, ligaments, and muscles that need to be taken care of. In addition, they have 25% of all the bones in your body!
Why See A Podiatrist
As mentioned previously, a podiatrist is able to provide a more specialized treatment plan. Many are able to perform in office surgery if you require it. It is important to see someone for your foot pain, as many of these conditions will simply get worse without treatment. Yes, you can always apply ice and rest your feet, but many conditions need further treatment. For example, bunions are exacerbated each day without treatment, and they will need surgery if they get bad enough.
An Appointment At Alpine Foot Specialists
Our first step in treating you at Alpine Foot Specialists, after getting your medical history and other information, will be determining the exact cause of your pain. Oftentimes, we will be able to figure this out with a general exam, but if necessary, we do have X-rays at our office. Once our podiatrists have determined the cause, they will be able to properly treat your condition. Treatment may be as simple as custom orthotics, but surgery is sometimes required as well. If you have been experiencing any foot or ankle pain, schedule an appointment with Alpine Foot Specialists!