When you have ongoing foot pain or discomfort, you may put off seeing a doctor about it. Many people accept pain in the lower extremities as normal, chalking it up to spending too much time on their feet, their shoes, or normal aging.

While any of those things can cause temporary discomfort, constant foot pain is not something you need to live with.

At EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region, Dr. John Lord is the only subspecialty-trained among Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). Also known as podiatrists, these doctors are experts in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders, diseases, and injuries of the foot, ankle, and lower extremities. Their goal is to help patients maintain healthy, active lifestyles by keeping their feet healthy and pain-free.

What Kind of Foot and Ankle Injuries Can a Podiatrist Treat?

Dr. Lord treats a variety of foot, ankle, and lower extremity injuries and conditions, including:

EmergeOrtho’s podiatrists use sophisticated and innovative technology and a patient-focused approach. This ensures a precise diagnosis and a personalized, effective treatment plan.

Some of the comprehensive tools and cutting-edge techniques you can expect include:

  • Using advanced digital X-rays
  • Interpreting laboratory tests
  • Prescribing appropriate medications
  • Implementing physical therapy
  • Setting fractures
  • Using the latest research and applications in surgical procedures
  • Referring to outpatient services when required
  • Collaborating with other specialists when necessary

What Type of Treatments Are Commonly Used in Podiatry?

A podiatrist is skilled and practiced in addressing foot and ankle conditions with conservative and surgical treatment methods. Many of the previously mentioned disorders, injuries, and diseases respond well to non-surgical treatment options, which include:

  • Orthotic aids and specialized footwear
  • Stretches and therapeutic exercises designed to strengthen the ankle and foot, and restore mobility
  • Manual therapy such as trigger-point release and joint mobilization techniques
  • Taping, especially for conditions producing heel pain

When foot and ankle cases are too severe or have not responded to conservative treatment methods, surgery may be recommended. Surgical correction often offers many advantages, including an easier and earlier return to daily activity. In these cases, patients are referred to EmergeOrtho orthopedic surgeons who specialize in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery and traditional open surgery for further treatment.

Foot and ankle procedures offered by our surgical team include:

  • Bunion surgery
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Foot and ankle dislocation treatment, open
  • Foot and ankle dislocation treatment, closed
  • Foot and ankle fracture treatment, closed
  • Foot and ankle fracture treatment, open
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Hammer toe repair
  • Ingrown toenail treatment
  • Ingrown toenail surgery
  • Nail avulsion and excision

Expert Care to Get You Back on Your Feet

No matter what kind of foot issue you have, you can rest assured that our specialists have the expertise, training, and skills to encourage a safe and rapid recovery. Dr. Lord and his team will make an accurate diagnosis and treat your injury or condition so you can emerge stronger and safely get back on your feet — and get back to the active lifestyle you enjoy.

EmergeOrtho’s commitment to quality care doesn’t stop with our physicians, either. We offer a comprehensive range of services for patients, including on-site X-ray and MRI imaging services and physical therapy from our resident physical therapists.

From diagnosis and treatment to recovery and follow-up, the foot and ankle experts at EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region are dedicated to ensuring you receive the most effective, exceptional care available. If you are concerned that you may be experiencing a foot or ankle condition or injury, schedule an appointment to see a podiatrist now. Or, call one of our EmergeOrtho offices any time at 984.666.2201.

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