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At Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists, our specialty-trained doctors in Wichita, Scott City, and El Dorado are experts in providing evaluation and treatment for orthopaedic injuries and conditions.
Foot doctors are specialty-trained medical experts who diagnose and care for people who have a range of foot pain and podiatric conditions. Some foot issues don’t require surgery, such as a plantar wart or a callus, and the treatment can be performed during an office appointment. Others, like bunions or a type of foot deformity, may require surgery at a hospital or surgical center.
If you are looking for foot care, it’s helpful to be aware that there are many different terms used to describe foot doctors, such as a podiatrist, foot specialist, doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), and podiatric physician. However, no matter the type of foot specialist you see, the goal of the care is always the same: to help reduce foot pain and restore the patient to better health.
When checking a foot problem, the foot specialist will examine the entire foot and ankle and ask the patient questions before determining a diagnosis. The next step is for the foot specialist to offer a treatment recommendation. Depending on the patient’s condition, this could range from home care, custom orthotics (shoe inserts), foot surgery, or ankle surgery.
Foot Symptoms of Concern
These experiences and symptoms can be related to foot problems and may be familiar to you:
- Ankle problems that impact the foot, like ankle pain radiating down into the foot
- Any toe movement causes pain
- Big toe pushes against the next toe
- Bump on the base of the big toe
- Difficulty walking
- Heel pain
Common Foot Conditions & Injuries
An orthopaedist who specializes in the foot and ankle may diagnose you with one of the following foot injuries or conditions:
- Bone spur
- Flat feet
- Fracture or sports medicine injury
- Ingrown nail
- Mallet toe
- Neuropathy (diabetic foot pain)
- Plantar fasciitis
Exceptional Care at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists
When you visit Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists in Wichita, Scott City, or El Dorado, you’ll meet with one of our board-certified and fellowship-trained medical experts who treat patients just like you, helping restore them to better health and an improved quality of life. They not only provide medical care, but they also have a deep understanding of the challenges patients with injuries and conditions face and know how to listen to and address your questions and concerns.
It’s important to know that our specialists always strive to recommend a nonsurgical treatment option first. Through their diagnostic process, they will be able to determine if a nonoperative treatment, such as physical therapy or medication, will be the best approach.
However, if surgery is ultimately needed, our experts will apply their advanced skills to perform the surgery, using our leading-edge technology. They’ll be with you every step of the way, from your first consultation at our office, during your surgical procedure, and through your recovery and rehabilitation.
Our doctors in Wichita, Scott City, and El Dorado can assess and diagnose your problem and then consult with you about what treatment approach may be best for you. Sometimes, our doctors may also consult with other providers at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists about your condition. This opportunity for experts to share knowledge and perspective in order to deliver optimal patent care is just one of the many benefits of being treated by the doctors at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists.