At Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, our specialty-trained foot doctors are recognized experts in providing evaluation and treatment for a variety of foot injuries and conditions.
Even minor foot pain can point to a potentially major injury, and what's more, it can be debilitating. Pain in the foot, ankle, heel, or toes can make it challenging to get around or even just to stand. The good news is that treatment and relief are available. When you meet with a doctor who specializes in foot care, you can learn more about both the surgical and nonsurgical treatment options that are available.
What Do Foot Doctors Treat?
Foot doctors treat patients who exhibit a wide range of injuries and other problems, including:
- Callus on the foot
- Diabetic complications
- Fracture, including broken bones due to sports or repetitive stress injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
- Various other foot disorders and ankle problems
When Should You See a Foot Doctor?
It's important to meet with a foot doctor sooner rather than later, addressing your problem before it becomes more severe. Some signs that it's time to visit an orthopedic specialist include:
- Pain in your foot, ankle, or toe impedes everyday activities
- You are unable to walk or stand without pain
- You have an open wound
- You have severe pain or swelling in your foot or ankle
- You have signs of infection, which include redness, swelling, and warmth
What Treatments Are Available for Foot Pain?
When you visit with your foot doctor, you'll get a chance to discuss a wide range of solutions, some surgical and some not. The first thing will be a physical evaluation, which will allow the doctor to identify the underlying cause of your foot injury or deformity.
In some cases, surgery may not be necessary. Physical therapy can sometimes remedy the problem, as can exercise programs, hot and cold therapy, and medication.
For more serious disorders and injuries, ankle surgery or foot surgery may be required. While this is a significant step to take, it can provide lasting relief from your foot problems. The best way to determine whether this is the right approach is to make an appointment to see a foot surgeon today.
The Region's Most Comprehensive Foot Care
At the Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, our experienced doctors and staff are proud to offer exceptional orthopedic care to people throughout the communities of northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Our doctors are available at our office in St. Joseph, Missouri, as well as at the Mosaic Medical Center in Maryville, Missouri, the Northwest Medical Center in Albany, Missouri, the Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, Missouri, the Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and the Hiawatha Community Hospital in Hiawatha, Kansas.
Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Corey Trease, Dr. Brian Duncan, and Dr. Michael Smith, have years of experience in treating patients with a variety of foot injuries or conditions. Our orthopedic foot surgeons have the knowledge and skills to perform a thorough evaluation and provide an accurate diagnosis and viable treatment options. Conservative methods will always be recommended first, but there are some cases when surgery is required to help eliminate pain and restore proper function.
If a foot injury or condition is keeping you from living the life you love, schedule an appointment with one of our specialty-trained foot surgeons by requesting an appointment online or calling (816) 233-9888.
For those urgent injuries that require immediate attention and can't wait for an appointment, visit our OSMC Today Walk-In Clinic.