At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained lower extremity specialists are recognized experts in diagnosing and treating patients with foot and ankle injuries and conditions.
At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, our fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeons are committed to providing expert, patient-centered care to each of our patients. With years of experience and training in foot and ankle medicine, our foot and ankle specialists excel in thoroughly and accurately treating foot and ankle conditions and injuries, such as arthritis and bunions. Our doctors offer a wide array of traditional treatment methods and state-of-the-art surgeries at our world-class Foot & Ankle Center.
No matter what ankle or foot problem is keeping you from enjoying an active life, you can count on our foot and ankle surgeons to provide the compassionate, individualized care you need to get back on your feet.
Understanding the Differences Between an Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon and a Podiatrist
Two kinds of healthcare providers in the U.S. are trained to specifically treat foot and ankle issues: orthopedic surgeons specializing in foot and ankle care and podiatrists. Both have a special interest in managing ailments of the foot and ankle; however, what differs is the depth and range of their education and training. If you are experiencing foot and ankle problems, it’s important to know the difference between these doctors when seeking treatment.
An orthopedic surgeon is required to attend medical school for four years before going on to an orthopedic surgical residency lasting five to six years. The orthopedic surgeon then completes at least one more year of subspecialty fellowship training in a specific area of the body, in this case, the foot and ankle.
Podiatrists earn a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) after attending podiatry school for four years, followed by a brief residency. Podiatrists treat a number of common foot and ankle problems, and surgical podiatrists may perform simple foot surgeries. Though orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons treat most of the same problems, they address more complex issues and have more advanced training.
As medical doctors, orthopedic surgeons who specialize in the foot and ankle are highly educated and trained in whole-body healthcare and have an intimate knowledge of the whole musculoskeletal system (the body’s bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints) and any interrelated medical conditions that impact the overall health of patients.
Podiatrists often treat common foot issues that orthopedic surgeons do not, such as ingrown toenails, corns/calluses, and nail fungus. They also provide treatment for foot problems related to diabetes and other systemic illnesses. So, while both orthopedic surgeons and podiatrists treat some of the same issues—such as heel spurs, fallen arches, and minor injuries—orthopedic surgeons typically treat issues that are more complicated or that involve the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissues specifically.
When determining which provider you need for your injury or condition, be sure your provider has both the experience and significant training necessary to deliver the treatment or procedure you’ll need.
The Strength of Experience at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics
At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, we are dedicated to providing all our orthopedic experts, including our foot and ankle specialists, with every tool and resource they may need. 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 surgeons and medical experts.
Our fellowship-trained foot and ankle doctors, Dr. Francis Glaser and Dr. Devin Mangold, have dedicated their medical practices to patients with orthopedic issues, including those who need comprehensive foot and ankle care. They are trained in the anatomy, function, and treatment of the foot and ankle so that they can offer you a variety of surgical and nonsurgical solutions to get you back to what you love.
If you have a foot or ankle injury or issue that is concerning you, contact us today at (559) 256-5200 or schedule an appointment online to receive the specialized foot and ankle care you deserve.