For most people, being on your feet is just a part of everyday life. So, when a foot or ankle injury or condition occurs, treatment can be complex, and in many cases prolonged. That’s because, similar to the hand, there are large number of bones, tendons, muscles and nerves in relatively close proximity. Conditions affecting the foot and ankle can range from repetitive use injuries seen in dancers, to ankle sprains and strains, to bunions and hammertoes. At The Christ Hospital, our specialists offer a wide range of options for the diagnosis and successful treatment of your foot and ankle condition.
Should I See an Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon or a Podiatrist?
When it comes to care of the foot and ankle, it can often be confusing to know whether to see a podiatrist or an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist. At The Christ Hospital, we have specialists in both fields, to ensure you receive the care that is right for you.
After completing an undergraduate degree, both podiatrists and orthopaedic surgeons go on to receive advanced degrees. Podiatrists attend a four-year podiatric school to receive a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree, followed by a three-year residency in podiatry. Orthopaedic surgeons attend a four-year medical school to receive their MD, followed by typically five years of residency training in orthopaedics as well as additional advanced fellowship training in foot and ankle care.
Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons and podiatrists are qualified to do many of the same procedures, including general foot conditions such as bunions and hammertoes, fractures and sprains of the foot and ankle, joint reconstruction and some trauma. Orthopaedic surgeons have additional training in the treatment of complex fractures and foot and ankle trauma, repetitive and sports injuries to the foot and ankle, as well as degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Podiatrists receive additional specialized training in conditions impacting the surface of the foot and ankle, such as nail care, wound care, diabetes-related foot complications and high-risk foot care. Often, the feet can be the first extremity to show signs of serious medical conditions such as cardiovascular diseases or diabetes. Podiatrists are important members of the care team in helping to diagnose such conditions and prevent the advancement of diseases impacting the foot.
To find an Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon, please call 513-585-BONE(2663).
To find a Podiatrist, please call 513-333-FEET(3338).