Our foot doctors at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine are recognized experts in providing evaluation and treatment for foot injuries and conditions.
When a patient is experiencing any type of pain in their foot, a foot doctor can help them by applying their specialized knowledge in order to assess, diagnose, and treat that patient. Foot doctors not only offer their medical skills, but they also understand that foot and ankle issues can have a significant impact on a person's life, especially if they are unable to walk because of foot pain. Foot specialists must also have a deep understanding of how all 33 joints and 26 bones in the foot function, how they can be damaged, and how best to treat them.
Some of the issues that foot doctors often treat are related to foot deformities, like bunions, hammertoes, or fallen arches. People with foot injuries often seek out a foot specialist as well, whether they are suffering from something like a foot or toe fracture or another condition, such as plantar fasciitis, which is caused by a strain on the large ligament on the bottom of the foot. Foot doctors also frequently work with patients who have arthritis. Besides diagnosing and treating people, foot doctors will also educate them on the foot and the different foot issues, so they can avoid more injuries or damage in the future.
When It's Time to See a Foot Doctor
Being aware of certain symptoms is important because if a foot issue can be diagnosed and treated early on, it will help to avoid further foot or ankle damage and pain in the future. Sharing this information with your doctor allows them to provide you with the best foot and ankle care. If any of the following symptoms sound familiar, you may have damaged your foot or the surrounding tissues:
- Affected area is tender to the touch
- Big toe angles inward towards the second toe
- Bony lump on the side of the big toe
- Burning sensation
- Feet appear flat and without arches
- Numbness or tingling
- Pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel
- Unable to bear weight on the foot due to severe pain
- Unable to point or flex toes without pain
These symptoms often correspond to a more serious medical condition, such as:
- Bone spurs (common in the heel)
- Claw foot
- Foot arthritis
- Foot or toe fractures
- Heel pain
- Mallet toes
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tendon injuries
Our orthopedic doctors understand that foot and ankle pain can have a major effect on your lifestyle and keep you from performing routine, everyday activities. To schedule an appointment with one of our foot doctors, please call (740) 788-9220 or request an appointment online.
Our foot specialists also understand that some injuries occurs when least expected, which is why we are proud to offer our Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat patients who are suffering from acute orthopedic injuries and conditions. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.
Keeping You Active at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine
Finding a doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your foot pain is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your care.
Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, Edward L. Westerheide, M.D., Brad L. Bernacki, M.D., and Alex Tancevski, M.D., are specialty-trained in diagnosing and treating a variety of foot and ankle injuries and conditions. Our doctors always strive to find a conservative treatment for you first before recommending surgery. However, if foot or ankle surgery is the best option, our surgeons have extensive experience in performing surgical foot procedures, such as foot reconstruction or bunion correction. Our surgeons are dedicated to providing compassionate, expert orthopedic care to get you moving and keep you active.
Taking a team approach, our orthopedic foot surgeons work closely with our specialty-trained therapy team. Our physical therapists provide expert rehabilitation services and will tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs in order to restore function and get you back to the life you love.