Podiatry

Podiatry

Podiatry services offered in Athens, OH

Up to 16 million Americans visit a podiatric physician each year to treat foot and ankle pain. At Athens Surgery Center, an ambulatory surgery center, the team has several podiatry specialists on staff. Using a combination of conservative and/or surgical treatments, they can relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life. To make an appointment by calling the office of your Podiatrist in Athens, Ohio to schedule with Athens Surgery Center.

Podiatry Q&A

What is podiatry?

Podiatry is a medical subspecialty that diagnoses, treats, and prevents problems that affect your feet and ankles. Like other physicians, podiatrists complete at least four years of medical school and at least three years of residency training in a hospital or clinical setting.

What types of problems does podiatry treat?

At Athens Surgery Center, the podiatrists treat a wide range of problems that affect the feet and ankles, including:

  • Ingrown toenails
  • Blisters
  • Plantar warts
  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Nail infections
  • Heel pain
  • Smelly feet
  • Neuromas
  • Sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Foot injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis

The podiatrists also provide wound care for people with diabetes, peripheral artery disease, and other conditions that cause poor circulation. 

When should I consider podiatry?

Request a podiatry consultation with the team at Athens Surgery Center if you experience foot or ankle pain and it lasts for more than a few days. That’s especially true if your symptoms worsen, affect your mobility, or keep you from work and other activities.

What happens during a podiatry appointment?

At Athens Surgery Center, the team provides podiatry care on-site.

Your podiatrist reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when they started, if they respond to at-home treatment, and if they’re worse at certain times, like after you wake up in the morning.

Next, your provider conducts an exam. They carefully assess the area of your foot causing pain, looking for redness, swelling, or bruising. Then, they run a series of tests to check your muscle strength, reflexes, and range of motion. 

Your podiatrist also orders diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI, to rule out potentially serious problems, like fractures or dislocated joints.

What types of treatment does podiatry provide?

At Athens Surgery Center, the team provides a full suite of podiatry services. Usually, the podiatrists recommend conservative, minimally invasive treatments, including:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Custom orthotics
  • Wearing comfortable shoes with plenty of toe room
  • Physical therapy
  • Mobility devices (like crutches or a cane)
  • Cast or a splint
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Stretches and strengthening exercises

If these measures don’t provide lasting relief, you might be a candidate for podiatric surgery. The team performs traditional open surgery and minimally invasive surgery using laparoscopic techniques.

To receive comprehensive podiatry care, make an appointment at Athens Surgery Center by calling the office or booking online today.