Many patients have a perception of the podiatrist as the doctor who freezes plantar warts and fixes bunions. While these things do happen in our office, did you know that the foot doctor is the professional to call in the case of ankle pain or after a foot injury?

A podiatrist, also known as a doctor of podiatric medicine, is a physician who specializes in treating disorders of the foot and ankle. Patients of all ages come to see us for countless reasons.

To help narrow it down, here’s a quick list:

  • Trauma
  • Swollen feet and ankles
  • Skin conditions
  • Heel and arch pain
  • Corns and callouses
  • Foot and ankle ulcers
  • Chronic ankle pain
  • Foot or ankle fractures
  • Foot or ankle sports injuries

Importantly, we also treat systemic diseases that impact the foot and ankle. For those suffering from diabetes, arthritis, or gout, the podiatrist can help relieve discomfort and even get to the root of pain to help diagnose overall health issues.

We also treat symptoms of:

  • Circulation problems
  • Neurological disorders
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Neuromuscular disorders

The bottom line is if you’re in pain or suffering from a disorder of the foot or ankle, we can identify the problem and develop a specific treatment plan. We go well beyond ingrown nails (although we frequently encounter these issues!). We’d also be remiss if we failed to mention our role in helping patients achieve better overall health. Our feet are actually amazing diagnostic tools and tell us so much about our health and wellness. Regular visits to the foot doctor are important for disease prevention and early recognition of any larger health issues.

Ultimately, when in doubt, call us! As your doctors, we want to be an integral part of your overall health care plan. Stay tuned for more Ask Doc Blog topics.

For questions or concerns such as foot pain or injury, please call us at 440-333-5888 (West Side) or 216-381-3600 (East Side).