Your feet transport you from point A to B every day, however, we often don't think of them until they start to hurt. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and expansive ligaments, tendons, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, conditions should be treated by a specialist who understands the complex anatomy of the foot. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeon has over 20 years of practice experience and has completed 2 fellowships in foot and ankle surgery and sports medicine. Thrive is well versed in all conditions impacting your feet and is committed to treating you with conservative treatment options before recommending surgery in our Atlanta, Georgia outpatient center.
Orthopedists and podiatrists are both trained and qualified doctors who must complete a comprehensive four years of undergraduate studies before medical school. While Atlanta orthopedic foot specialists are Medical Doctors, Podiatrists are Doctors of Podiatric Medicine.
While both Doctors can treat similar conditions, orthopedists can treat the whole body, which may be advantageous in situations where foot injuries are caused by problems elsewhere in the body, such as the hip, knee, or spine. In these situations, Orthopedists can focus on the ligaments, muscles, tendons, and bones when dealing with problems arising in the extremities.
Once you have considered which signs and symptoms you may have, consider the following important questions:
6 Common Conditions include:
Our Atlanta foot specialist will first perform a physical examination between your feet to compare and identify any distinct lumps, gaps, inflammation, and other indications of injury. This visual examination will be done while you are at rest and during movement (with and without weight). You will be asked a series of questions to understand how the problem arose and our team will consider how your pain levels are before, during, and after different activities. Once the physical exam is completed, the doctor may consider an x-ray, MRI, or ultrasound for further evidence before providing a diagnosis.
As we age, foot conditions and injuries tend to increase, especially among residents in assisted living and memory care communities such as Prema Senior Living's community Prema at Ashton Hills in Covington, Georgia. In these instances orthopaedic foot specialists or podiatrists will generally visit these assisted living and memory care communities to avoid the need for their residents to have to travel to a clinic. For more information on how this process works, we encourage you to visit Prema Senior Living's website at https://www.premaseniorliving.com/.
If you are experiencing any symptoms or signs of foot pain or the conditions listed above, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with our Atlanta orthopedic foot specialist.
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