One of the more common musculoskeletal problems people experience is foot and ankle pain. This is unfortunate because we all rely on our lower limbs to take us where we want to go and do the activities we want to do.
The good news about foot and ankle musculoskeletal conditions is the fact they are often quite treatable – and especially when you seek treatment from experienced podiatrists and orthopedists, like those on our staff here at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group.
There’s a decent chance you’re already familiar with our exceptional podiatric services, but did you realize we also offer orthopedic care to better serve you and your family?
Our orthopedic treatment plans help many patients overcome a wide array of issues – including various foot and ankle injuries and conditions.
What’s the difference between podiatry and orthopedics?
Whereas there is a certain overlap between the two medical specialties, podiatry and orthopedics are different disciplines.
Podiatry is centered on comprehensive foot and ankle care. It does encompass matters like sports injuries and arthritic conditions, but also skin and nail problems, diabetic foot care, and fungal infections.
Orthopedics, on the other hand, is concerned with musculoskeletal problems, which are ones relating to bones, muscles, connective tissues, and joints. Essentially, the tissues that provide structure to the body and enable movement. Ergo, an orthopedist does not treat toenail fungus, ingrown toenails, etc.
One of the benefits of coming to McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group for any foot or ankle problem you are experiencing is that we have specialists in both areas. No matter if you need to have a joint replacement or fungal toenail treatment – we’ve got you covered!
How can an orthopedist help foot and ankle problems?
Frequently, the root cause of foot and ankle conditions and injuries is related to improper function or biomechanics.
An orthopedic specialist—like Dr. Fujii—can evaluate your situation and determine the likely reason as to why you have pain in your lower limb. After his careful diagnosis, Dr. Fujii will decide which treatment options are most appropriate and then create a plan to provide the relief and improved functionality you need.
Specific treatment options will vary, naturally, on the injury or condition being addressed, along with other factors relating to his patient and their lifestyle choices and goals.
When conservative (nonsurgical) care is an appropriate course of action, Dr. Fujii may incorporate orthotic therapy, bracing, medication, corticosteroid injections, and/or physical therapy into your customized treatment plan.
At McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group, we always try to resolve problems with conservative care first. Sometimes, however, surgery is either necessary or simply the best possible option.
Some of the conditions that might be resolved through surgical intervention include Achilles tendon ruptures, Lisfranc joint complex injuries, rigid flatfoot, bunions, hammertoe (and mallet and claw toe), and, in rare cases, plantar fasciitis.
When we do use surgery, our goal is for the fastest possible recovery. This means we might use minimally-invasive procedures and will likely prescribe the latest in brace options so you can start moving in a safe, controlled manner and begin your rehabilitation more quickly.
For optimal healing and recovery, it is imperative that you carefully adhere to your postop instructions and plan.
There are instances wherein a patient will start to feel better and either stop rehab procedures or attempt to modify them. Doing so puts you at greater risk for reinjury. You can keep your reinjury risk low by simply following doctor’s orders.
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Care at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group
Our patients come to us seeking treatment for many different foot and ankle problems. In some cases, we will utilize the latest in orthopedic care so you can overcome pain and find renewed functionality.
We want you to have options and the ability to perform favorite activities, so come see us if you are experiencing any problem in your lower limbs. It only takes a moment to either call our Carmichael office at (916) 961-3434 or contact us online right now.