Foot & Ankle Specialists
At The Center, our orthopedic physicians are experienced in all facets of foot and ankle injuries and degenerative conditions. If you have a foot or ankle problem and are deciding which type of provider to see, read this blog about the difference between a podiatrist and an orthopedic surgeon. Treatments for foot and ankle problems can range from a simple change of footwear to surgical repair of damaged bones or tendons.
When to see a foot & ankle specialist
The foot and ankle are highly specialized structures that are integral to human locomotion. The combination of mobile and stable joints allows us to adapt to any surface form. By supporting the weight of your body, the feet undergo a lot of wear and tear in the course of a normal lifetime and the complex interaction of muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and bones make this area highly susceptible to injuries.
When an injury occurs or these structures become weakened from chronic overuse or disease, it’s important to see a qualified orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon promptly to evaluate and treat the condition.
Schedule an appointment to explore what treatment path is right for you.
Six tips to maintain healthy feet
- Replace your shoes: Replace your walking or exercise shoes every six months or 500 miles – whichever comes first. This will help you avoid foot pain as your shoes begin to wear down and lose support.
- Maintain a healthy weight: Maintain a healthy weight by eating right and regular physical activity. Excess weight puts more pressure on your feet, which can lead to foot pain.
- Stretch your feet: Stretch out your feet, ankles, and lower legs before and after exercising to avoid injury. This can help avoid other injuries such as shin splints and stress fractures as well.
- Keep blood flowing: Keep the blood flowing to your feet to reduce circulation problems. Wiggle your toes, move your ankles, and avoid sitting with your legs crossed for long periods of time.
- Keep feet dry: Keep your feet dry. Wear socks that wick away moisture and let your feet breathe. Always dry your feet well after getting them wet, especially between the toes where fungal infections can develop.
- Trim toenails: Trim your toenails regularly and cut straight across the nail rather than into the corners – this is how ingrown toenails often develop.