Should I See a Podiatrist or a Pedorthist?

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 00:00

A podiatrist is a doctor that specializes in treating foot and ankle problems. A pedorthist is a footwear specialist that creates or modifies shoes, socks, and orthotics that aid in management and recovery from various foot problems. You should see a podiatrist if you have a foot or ankle injury, infection, deformity, biomechanical abnormality, or if you have a systemic disease, like diabetes, which can affect the lower limbs. You should see a pedorthist if you need footwear modifications, custom orthotics, or a foot analysis. If your podiatrist diagnoses a foot problem that requires orthotics or footwear changes to treat it, they may refer you to a pedorthist. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, please seek the care of a podiatrist.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot & Ankle Associates, PLLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lake Worth and Aledo/Willow Park, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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