Mercer-Bucks Orthopedics
Mercer-Bucks Orthopedics

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About Podiatry

Podiatry is a branch of medicine that focuses on the early-stage detection of diseases and conditions related to the feet and ankles. At Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics, the podiatric team uniquely treats common foot problems, including bunions, plantar fasciitis, and neuromas. To make an appointment in Hamilton, Lawrenceville, Princeton, and Marlton, New Jersey, or Langhorne, Pennsylvania, call the nearest office or book online today.

Podiatry Q & A

What is podiatry?

Podiatry is a medical specialty that helps with problems that affect your feet or lower legs. The experienced team at Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics (MBO) prevents foot and ankle complications that can result from chronic health problems, like diabetes. 

They also treat injuries, deformities, and pathologic dermatologic issues of the foot. 

When should I seek podiatry care?

You benefit from podiatric care if you’re suffering from foot problems, such as: 

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Neuromas
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Athletes’ foot
  • Bursitis
  • Fractures and sprains
  • Nail disorders, like toe fungus and ingrown toenails
  • Arthritis

Reach out to the MBO podiatry team if you have foot pain, discolored toenails, cracks or cuts in your skin, warts, unusual growths, or scaling or peeling skin on your feet. 

What happens during a podiatry appointment?

Your podiatrist will discuss your medical history and lifestyle. They’ll also examine your gait or the way you walk. 

The physical exam will also include a look at your range of motion and how your shoes fit. Your provider looks for bunions, ingrown toenails, and irregularities in your stance. 

What treatments do podiatrists offer?

Treatment for your foot and ankle problems depends on the root cause. They may offer medications or physical therapy for issues, including plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis.

Your provider can do minor surgery to treat infected ingrown toenails or freeze off plantar warts. 

Some conditions like bunions or advanced hammertoes may require surgery to resolve pain and dysfunction. 

You may also benefit from surgery if you have advanced arthritis that causes pain when you walk. A fusion involves removing all the cartilage from a joint. The surgeon then joins two or more bones together using pins or screws so movement can’t happen — thus eliminating pain. An ankle replacement may be another solution to arthritis within the ankle.

Your podiatrist can also recommend orthotics, shoes, and exercises that correct gait irregularity and prevent future injury. They provide tips about how to keep your feet healthy and free of injury or infection. 

Diabetics benefit from regular foot checks with a podiatrist. The provider can find potential problems early before they escalate into a serious complication that can lead to disability or amputation.

Contact Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics to receive high-quality podiatry care. Call the nearest location, or use this website to set up your appointment.