Ever heard of a podiatrist? What about an orthopedist? Ever wondered what the differences are?
Many people wonder about the differences between a podiatrist and an orthopedist, and it’s often when they need help with foot or ankle pain that they start thinking about the differences. While your primary care provider can provide treatment, the podiatrist and the orthopedist are among your best choices if you want specialized care for your foot and ankle pain..
An orthopedist is a medical doctor who treats conditions and diseases affecting the musculoskeletal system. He or she can treat the neck, back, shoulder, knees, legs, and feet. This type of surgen can further specialize in sports medicine and specific body parts such as the upper extremities and lower extremities.
If you suspect that your foot and ankle issue is not localized, then an orthopedist is the better option. Some foot and ankle problems may originate from your hip or back, and an orthopedist has the training and experience necessary to address the entire musculoskeletal system.
A podiatrist is an expert in diagnosing, treating, and preventing foot and ankle conditions through conservative and surgical methods but the expertise stops there. Some podiatrists may not be trained in surgery, which limits their ability to treat complex foot and ankle conditions. Therefore, when choosing a podiatrist, choose someone who is experienced in foot and ankle surgeries.
Examples of conditions podiatrists treat include ingrown toenails, corns and calluses, heel spurs, bunions, fallen arches, plantar fasciitis, fractures, and diabetic foot.
Foot and Ankle Specialist in Central Maryland
Our foot doctors at Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland have received fellowship-training in foot and ankle surgery and are skilled in both conservative and surgical approaches of treatment. We treat patients with conditions that range from simple to complex, including fractures, arthritis, and deformity, and can provide all podiatric needs.
If you’re experiencing foot and ankle pain and other symptoms, let our foot and ankle surgeons evaluate your condition. To schedule a consultation, call (410) 644-1880 or request an appointment online now. We have three clinics from which to serve you, located in Catonsville, Eldersburg, and Columbia.