When it comes to your health, don’t overlook your feet! They do an awful lot for your body, supporting it during your regular activities and helping you get home safe and sound. Here at Aloha Foot & Ankle Associates, we can help to take care of your feet and ankles so you can live the lifestyle you want and be as healthy as you can be. Contact us today if you believe you could benefit from seeing one of our podiatrists in Mission Viejo, CA.
What does a podiatrist do?
A podiatrist is a healthcare specialist for feet and ankles! He or she can help patients experiencing pain, discomfort, mobility difficulties, or even chronic conditions like ankle arthritis. And for patients with chronic conditions like diabetes, a podiatrist can be vital.
Many different foot- and ankle-related issues can be treated or managed by a podiatrist. For example, here at Aloha Foot & Ankle Associates, we can help patients with:
- Heel pain
- Diabetic foot disorders
- Ingrown nails
- Ankle sprains
- Foot or ankle injuries
- Nail disorders
- And others
On top of all that, we can provide a ton of services for our patients, such as shoes and orthotics, sports therapy, prolotherapy, and much more. If you’re having any issues whatsoever with your feet or ankles, we can help.
What happens at an appointment with a podiatrist?
During an initial consultation with a podiatrist, one of the first things he or she will do is look at your medical history. This can give the doctor a greater context for what could be causing your particular issue, especially if you’re suffering from a chronic condition. The doctor will also ask you about current medical problems, any medications you’re taking, your current symptoms, and more.
After that, the doctor will provide a thorough exam of your foot, heel, and/or ankle, and then identify any areas of concern. The doctor will then make a diagnosis and suggest treatment. Treatment will vary depending on the diagnosis, and could include particular footwear, orthotics, physical therapy, weight loss, lifestyle changes, or other treatments. If it turns out that you require surgery, then a podiatrist is actually a fully capable surgeon, so he or she can provide it!
Should I see a podiatrist or an orthopedist?
This is a great question! Really, it doesn’t matter which professional you see because either one can provide a referral to see the other, if necessary. If a patient is experiencing foot or ankle pain along with knee or hip pain, then the patient will likely benefit from seeing both professionals. However, a podiatrist is especially qualified to help with foot and ankle issues, so if these issues are your primary concerns, come see a podiatrist!
Come see us here at Aloha Foot & Ankle Associates for any issues with your feet or ankles. And if it turns out that you require a referral to see an orthopedist, we’ll happily provide one, but we can do an awful lot for you here at our clinic. Book a consultation with us today. To do so, you can either call us or you can book an appointment online. And when you’re ready to come in for your appointment, you’ll find our clinic at 26732 Crown Valley Pkwy # 317, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.
Contact us today to get the kind of healthcare you and your feet deserve!