Keeping active and healthy means staying on your feet. Foot conditions or problems affect one in four Americans and can lead to disability and health problems related to inactivity. Podiatrists are physicians with special training in diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries of the foot and ankle including sprains, lacerations, warts, and infections. Podiatrists also treat bony or soft tissue conditions such as bunions, hammertoes and tendinitis.
Podiatric medicine today involves sophisticated tools for foot evaluation and conservative treatments for correction of problems. Custom orthotics are often exactly what is needed to relieve foot, leg, or hip pain. Podiatrists also treat foot and nerve conditions (neuropathy) that are a complication of diabetes. Surgical repair or foot reconstruction is available when appropriate.