A Podiatrist Does More than You Might Think
When you think of a podiatrist, what first comes to mind? Well sure, feet. Guess we walked into that one. But what specifically? What do we treat?
Many people tend to leap immediately to conditions such as warts, athlete’s foot and fungal toenails. While these are definitely things a podiatrist can treat, that only scratches the surface. We’re much more than making feet look good; we’re also heavily invested in making your feet and ankles feel good, both inside and out.
The feet and ankles are very complex structures. A single foot is made up of 26 bones, 19 muscles, 33 joints, and 107 ligaments. Both feet together comprise about one-quarter of all the bones in your entire body, and knowing how the foot functions as a machine is a key part of podiatry.
This means that, in addition to treating skin and nail conditions, podiatrists are also experts in treating sports injuries and trauma. Ankle sprains, fractures, Achilles tendon injuries, plantar fasciitis, and other sources of pain can all be understood and addressed by a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.
Many podiatrists also place special focus on certain aspects of foot and ankle treatment. Here at Family Foot & Ankle Care of Jasper, Dr. Timothy Barry specializes in many common foot conditions, including:
If surgery is needed, we can also provide services in-office or at nearby Memorial Hospital.
If you are experiencing ankle trouble, heel pain, foot pain, or any other sort of abnormality in the feet and ankles, we hope you’ll make us your destination for personal, friendly attention and treatment. Please give us a call at (812) 481-7200 for any questions or to schedule an appointment.