Did you know that a Podiatrist will remain in school for the same amount of time as an Orthopedist? Our residencies take place over two to three years after graduating with a doctorate. During these years, we focus solely on foot and ankle surgery. We take our work seriously because a person’s feet are critical to their daily life. If you are in consistent pain because of a foot or ankle issue, we want to help you in any way possible. Don’t hesitate to contact a surgeon; you need to have the problem treated before your condition worsens.
Common Reasons to Visit a Surgeon
While an injury may be the most common reason to visit a surgeon, there are all manner of foot and ankle ailments that require comprehensive treatments. For example, we treat:
- Injuries such as sprains or broken bones
- Medical conditions including diabetes or poor circulation
- Impaired motor functions
- Heel pain
- Consistent discomfort while standing
- Abnormal growths
If you suffer from any one of these conditions, your best option is to visit a foot and ankle surgeon as soon as possible.
Despite what you may think, there are multiple reasons aside from the operating table to visit a specialist. In fact, there are non-surgical treatment options for both the foot and the ankle. We attempt to address any issue with the foot in a non-surgical manner whenever possible. Surgery is a failsafe, used when various other treatment options have failed. It sometimes takes several months of various treatment options before surgery is even considered as a viable option.
With that being said, if you do not experience any significant improvement with treatment, or if the pain worsens over time, surgery may be your best, and only, option. In this case, consult your doctor immediately.
If you would like more information about foot and ankle surgery, contact Premier Podiatry today!