Foot and Ankle Injury Treatment Questions and Answers
If you or someone you know is experiencing foot and ankle issues or pain, contact The Spine and Orthopedic Institute today. Our experienced and qualified professionals are dedicated to helping to treat your foot and ankle pain and to restore your feet and ankles back to good health.
An orthopedic surgeon for foot and ankle injuries is a physician who diagnose, treats, prevents and rehabilitates injuries, disorders and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons are familiar with all aspects of the musculoskeletal system, many specialize and treat the foot and ankle, hand, shoulder, elbow, spine, hip and/or knee.
Our orthopedic surgeons treat many musculoskeletal conditions without surgery. We may also use medications, injections, and other rehabilitative therapies for your foot and ankle treatment. We may recommend surgery if the patient does not respond to other treatments.
What can an orthopedic surgeon do for your foot and ankle?
Your feet are one of the most complex parts of the skeletal system in your body with 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Some common conditions treated by foot and ankle orthopedic specialists include:
- Achilles tendinitis and tendinosis
- Broken bones, stress fractures and sprains
- Ligament tears
- Lisfranc injury
- Metatarsalgia foot pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Plantar fibroma and fibromatosis
Due to some foot and ankle problems originating from your knee, hip or even lower back, orthopedic surgeons have the ability to treat complex lower extremity conditions in conjunction with the rest of your body.
Do I need to see a podiatrist or an orthopedist?
Both podiatrists and orthopedists are specialist physicians, but there are differences in what they can do for you. Orthopedists are also called orthopedic doctors which are specialists who are experienced and trained to diagnose, treat and prevent conditions and injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system. If you suffer an injury or have a condition that may affect your muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons and other connective tissues, an orthopedic doctor can help treat you.
Common injuries and issues treated by orthopedic doctors can include:
- Sprains and Strains
- Ligament tears
- Spinal disc injuries
- Arthritic damage in joints
- Sport injuries
Foot and ankle injuries are not the only subfield that orthopedic doctors can specialize in, they also can further specialize in pediatrics, sports medicine, spine, upper extremity and much more.
Can an orthopedic surgeon treat my foot or ankle?
If you have any issues with your foot or ankle, you may be wondering who to see for treatment. Orthopedic surgeons specialize in foot and ankle care. Orthopedics is the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries as well as diseases in your musculoskeletal system.
Orthopedic surgeons also known as orthopedic doctors are qualified to treat foot and ankle conditions, surgically and non-surgically. Considered medical doctors, after their graduation from accredited medical schools, orthopedists will go through five years of residency training and can also complete a fellowship which is dedicated to treating specific disorders. Orthopedists can also treat the same issues as podiatrists that involve your foot and ankle like Hammer Toes, Bunions and Achilles Tendinitis.
Do I need a referral to see an orthopedic surgeon?
Most primary care physicians are able to treat minor injuries for foot and ankle, however they may refer you to an orthopedic specialist if you are in need of more specialized care. Complex cases such as any surgeries or additional care with limited range of motion, these cases are best treated by an orthopedic surgeon.
Before your first appointment with one of our surgeons at The Spine and Orthopedic Institute, please arrive early in case there may be any forms to fill out. Bring any insurance cards with you as well as shorts or a sleeveless shirt depending on the injured area we are going to diagnose. And finally, be prepared with any questions you may have about your condition and medical history.
If you or someone you know is experiencing foot and ankle issues or pain, contact the Spine and Orthopedic Institute today. Our experienced and qualified professionals are dedicated to helping to treat your foot and ankle pain and to restore your feet and ankles back to good health. Book an appointment today, we are available by appointment only Monday to Friday and conveniently located at 5020 Victor Drive Medina OH 44256. We serve patients from Medina OH, Middleburg Heights OH, Akron OH, Parma OH, and Wellington OH.