At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained foot specialists are recognized experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients with foot injuries and conditions.
A foot specialist is a medical doctor with extensive training and experience in foot care. When this type of doctor first meets with a patient, he or she will perform a physical exam to begin determining the appropriate treatment. Sometimes, the doctor will examine other parts of the body, like the ankle, since foot conditions can be related to problems in the ankle. For example, fallen arches could cause problems in the ankle and may require ankle surgery. However, the issue is sometimes only in the foot, such as ingrown toenails or toe fractures.
An orthopedic foot specialist offers treatment options to patients with fallen arches, arthritis, and other issues. This type of chronic pain can be very challenging, but foot doctors can apply their expertise to offer specialized care. Sometimes, surgery is required, such as bunion surgery, but other times, a nonsurgical approach helps, such as physical therapy or medication.
Unlike other foot specialists, such as podiatrists, our foot surgeons have extensive training in the lower extremity and the entire musculoskeletal system and understand how your feet and ankles are affected by your whole body and overall health. As specialty-trained orthopedic surgeons, our foot and ankle team has more formal education and training than both nonsurgical podiatrists and podiatrists who practice podiatric surgery. And like podiatrists, they offer specialized care for common foot problems, such as neuromas, plantar fasciitis, bunions, and other deformities.
When Should I See a Foot Specialist?
Foot conditions or injuries can result in a variety of symptoms. Pay attention to these symptoms so when you meet with a doctor, you can provide him or her with detailed information regarding your pain. People with foot problems often report symptoms such as:
- Foot pain when rotating the ankle
- Heel pain
- Pain caused by wearing shoes
- Pain or limping when walking
- Pain when trying to move toes
- Sharp pain associated with bearing weight
If any of these symptoms seem familiar, you may have one of the following foot or ankle problems:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Claw foot
- Mallet toe
- Tendon and ligament damage
What to Expect With Our Foot Experts
After a thorough assessment, which may include on-site electrodiagnostic medicine or on-site imaging (including X-ray, MRI, and bone density scans), our foot and ankle team will work with you to determine a course of treatment. Our experts always consider nonsurgical options first, such as physical therapy with one of our certified physical therapists, in-office orthobiologics, and weight management through the customized LeanMD health program.
When surgery is necessary, our foot and ankle surgeons utilize the state-of-the-art Summit Surgical facility and employ the latest techniques to perform advanced procedures.
The Strength of Experience at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics
At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, we are dedicated to providing all our orthopedic experts, including board-certified, specialty-trained foot doctors Dr. Francis Glaser and Dr. Michele Schulz, with every tool and resource they need to offer the highest-quality care. This includes state-of-the-art technology, a dedicated staff, and the strength that comes from working side-by-side with a team of orthopedic medical experts.
If you have a foot issue that is concerning you, schedule an appointment with one of our expert foot surgeons at either one of our Fresno office locations by calling (559) 256-5200 or by requesting an appointment online.