Foot and Ankle (Podiatry)
Podiatrists specialize in medical care of the foot, ankle, and lower
leg. They must have a doctor of podiatric medicine (D.P.M.) degree
from a college of podiatric medicine. Podiatrists are sometimes
referred to as foot doctors, foot and ankle surgeons, or podiatric
offer the following services:
Surgical Management for Bunion and Hammertoe
Hammertoe is a condition characterized by contracture or bending of one or more toes at the first joint. A bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place.
Repair of Foot and Ankle Fractures
Nearly a quarter of all the bones in your body are in your feet, enabling you to stand and move with ease. A fracture in one or more of these bones can be painful and should be checked by a doctor. While some fractures can heal without operative treatment, others require surgery to heal properly.
Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery
Trinity Health’s podiatrists are trained in complex reconstructive procedures, such as rearfoot reconstruction and correction of congenital deformities, called ankle arthroscopy.
Trinity offers treatment for patients, particularly diabetics, who are at risk for foot and leg amputation due to conditions such as infections, non-healing wounds and peripheral artery disease.
Pediatric and Adult Foot Deformities
Foot deformities are disorders of the foot that can be congenital or acquired. Examples include hammer toe, club foot, flat feet and high arch.
Treatment of Wounds and Ulcerations on the Foot and Ankle
Diabetes, PAD, or other vascular conditions can lead to wounds or ulcerations that are sometimes hard to heal. Also, nerve damage (neuropathy) is a complication of diabetes that leads to a loss of sensation in the feet, making it hard to feel when something has irritated or even punctured the skin.
Conditions of the Skin and Toenails
Podiatrists treat a variety of problems associated with skin and toenails, including fungal and bacterial conditions, such as athlete’s foot. These conditions can cause dry skin, redness, blisters, itching and peeling. Corns and calluses are skin problems caused by friction and pressure when the bony parts of feet rub against shoes. Ingrown toenails are most often associated with improper trimming of the nail or ill-fitting shoes, which causes pain and redness. Over-the-counter remedies exist for some skin and toenail conditions, but it’s wise to check with a podiatrist before using them.
Biomechanical Assessment and Treatment of the Feet and Ankles
Foot pain sometimes is associated with unhealthy alignment, load distribution or muscle performance. A biomechanical assessment can determine a course of treatment plan that restores the proper mechanics of the foot and ankle and relieves pain.
Sports Medicine Injuries of the Feet and Ankles
Trinity Health’s foot & ankle team offers complete evaluation and treatment of sports-related injuries of the feet and ankles. Our clients range from first-rate athletes to weekend warriors. As always, our goal is to help patients return to their favorite activities feeling healthier and stronger than before the injury.
Prescription and Modification of Custom Foot Orthotics and Braces
Orthotic devices, often in the form of shoe inserts, can help bring relief to foot problems by improving the alignment, support, and overall functioning of the foot. Providers prescribe custom functional foot orthotics and use computer scanning, foam box impressions for foot molding, and hands on casting of the feet for orthotics and order from authorized companies. Providers prescribe custom ankle braces such as: lace up gauntlet braces, Richie brace, or specialized walking boots for diabetic foot deformities called CROW boots. Providers are also able to prescribe special shoes and insoles for diabetic patients.