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Podiatry is a specialist field involving the treatment of ailments affecting the ankle, foot and associated inferior extremity structures. The primary goal is to ensure the sustained functionality of the ankle and foot areas. If you have ligament or joint problems, you might be a candidate for a surgical solution that offers long-lasting repair of the condition. However, there are also many concerns that may not require surgery.

At Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio, our specialists often begin with more conservative treatment options to address problems in the least invasive way possible. However, when surgery becomes necessary, our team is equipped to provide the highest level of care and expertise to ensure you are back in action as quickly and comfortably as possible. From fractures to diabetic care, our team is ready to help you with all your podiatry needs.

Conditions Treated by Podiatrists

We provide care for the following concerns involving the foot, ankle and lower extremity:

Nail Disorders

From fungus to stubborn ingrown nails, disorders affecting the toenails can be both embarrassing and painful. Prescription medication may be needed to eliminate a fungus. Ingrown nails that do not resolve on their own may involve the removal of a portion of the nail to relieve discomfort and medication to treat any associated infection.

Toe Deformities

Different types of toe deformities can develop, and many are due to poor-fitting shoes, disease or injury. In addition to the intense discomfort associated with these conditions, toe deformities can also limit your activity level and even your ability to wear some shoes. Surgery is necessary to correct these issues in many cases, to provide proper alignment to the toes.

Bunions

Painful bumps known as bunions can form on the outer side of the big toe joint. The cause is often pointed or ill-fitting shoes that put stress on this area of the foot. In some cases, bunions can be effectively treated with orthotic devices, but other patients may require surgery to achieve long-lasting relief.

Heel Spurs

If you experience heel pain frequently, the culprit could be a condition known as heel spurs. These bony growths consist of calcium deposits that form on the underside of the heel, making it very painful to walk for some sufferers. Like bunions, many heel spurs can be treated through conservative measures, although surgery is necessary for the most severe cases.

Sprains and Fractures

Sprains affect the soft tissue in the foot and ankle, while fractures involve breaks in one of the many bones in the area. Both injuries can be both painful and debilitating, but professional treatment speeds the healing process and restores full function. Surgery is rarely needed except in the most severe situations.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a chronic condition that involves persistent, painful inflammation of the joints of the foot and ankle. While there is no cure for arthritis, there are effective ways to reduce symptoms. Our specialists work with patients on a variety of levels to help them maintain function and relieve discomfort associated with arthritis.

Diabetic Care

Diabetes is another chronic condition that increases your risk of foot problems. Problems can range from skin issues to neuropathic pain. Our team of specialists can help you manage conditions associated with diabetes, lowering your risk for more severe problems.

Treatment Options in Podiatry

Our treatment philosophy is always to begin with the most conservative options, including medication, physical therapy and orthotic devices. When these approaches are not sufficient, surgery may be necessary to bring the desired relief and restore function to the foot or ankle.

If you are suffering from the pain and disability of a foot or ankle condition, our team of specialists can help. Contact Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio today at 419-222-6622 to find out more about our podiatry services.