Podiatrists are your first line of defense in foot and ankle care. Whether you suffer an injury, develop symptoms due to structural problems like flat feet, or you have a condition like diabetes that demands expert foot care, you receive comprehensive services from the experienced podiatry team at SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center. If painful feet disrupt your life and interfere with walking, schedule an appointment online, or call the office in Huntsville, Madison, Athens, or Decatur, Alabama.
Your feet are complex structures designed to support and stabilize your body, absorb shock, and propel your body forward with each step. From high-impact activities to normal everyday movement, your feet suffer significant stress.
Following an acute injury, chances are you’ll know if you need to see a podiatrist. More often, however, foot and ankle problems are ignored because the first symptoms are tolerable.
However, continuing to stay active without treatment can quickly turn a small problem into a painful, severe condition.
You should see a podiatrist at SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center when you experience symptoms such as:
When your symptoms don’t improve within a few days, or they get worse, you can prevent serious problems by scheduling a podiatry appointment at SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center.
The experienced podiatry team at SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center diagnoses and treats every type of problem affecting your feet and ankles. In addition to sprains, strains, and fractures, these are a few examples of the conditions they often treat:
The podiatry team also provides nail trimming and comprehensive diabetic foot care, from routine exams to advanced wound treatment.
The podiatry team begins your treatment with non-surgical options, such as:
You may receive cortisone injections to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
A torn ligament or complex fracture may require immediate surgery to properly repair the damage and support healing. Otherwise, your podiatrist only considers surgery if you don’t improve with conservative treatments.
The nature of some foot problems makes them more likely to need surgery, especially if treatment is delayed and the condition worsens. For example, bunions, hammertoes, and bone spurs may ultimately need surgical intervention.
When surgery is needed, the team at SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center specializes in minimally invasive procedures. During minimally invasive surgery, your podiatrist makes small incisions and uses slender tools that cause minimal trauma and promote a faster recovery.
If you develop foot or ankle pain, swelling, or have difficulty using your foot, call the podiatry team at SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center or book an appointment online.