A podiatrist, or a foot and ankle surgeon, specializes in treating all foot, ankle, and lower leg injuries and disorders. Most people forget to include a podiatrist in their healthcare team until a foot or ankle issue develops. Seeing a podiatrist is a great way to protect your foot and ankle health and preserve these structures and their ability to perform for many years to come.
Below, we talk about some of the benefits of seeing a podiatrist, and where in Naples you can go for high-quality podiatry services.
1. Accurate Diagnosis and Treatment of Foot and Ankle Issues
A podiatrist can diagnose and treat a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, such as fractures, hammertoe, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, bunions, corns, calluses, fungal infections, and ingrown toenails. They can also treat feet and ankles affected by arthritis. They have deep knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the lower extremities, and the training and expertise needed to provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your condition. They use a variety of treatments to alleviate pain and discomfort and restore you to normal function.
2. Prevention of Future Podiatric Issues
Foot and ankle surgeons use their specialized knowledge to help prevent foot problems. They offer recommendations on footwear, foot hygiene, and exercises, taking into account your medical history and lifestyle, with the goal of helping you maintain great foot health and reduce the risk of injury and other conditions.
3. Pain Relief
Foot pain can cause a significant reduction in your quality of life and mobility. If your arm hurts, it may not cause impairment in your mobility to the same degree foot or ankle pain can. Podiatry treatments, whether or not involving foot ankle surgery, are comprehensive and highly effective at relieving symptoms, which results in a better quality of life and mobility for you.
4. Customized Orthotics
Customized orthotics are a type of shoe insert that is made according to your foot specifications. Only a podiatrist can provide you with this, since it involves taking impressions of your foot before the orthotics are made. Custom orthotics are a critical part of treatment for a variety of issues. They address weight distribution, pressure points, and alignment issues, which contribute to many foot and ankle issues. Custom orthotics provide added support and superior shock absorption, alleviating pain and improving your gait in the process.
5. Patient Education
Through patient education, foot and ankle doctors help patients understand their foot and ankle conditions and how to manage them effectively. They also provide guidance on how to properly care for the feet, make footwear selection, and make lifestyle modifications, which help reduce your risk of developing foot and ankle conditions.
Board-Certified and Fellowship Trained Podiatrist in Naples, FL
Dr. Cody Togher is the talented foot and ankle surgeon at the Joint Replacement Institute in Naples. Dr. Togher treats patients with conditions such as bunions, Achilles tendon disorders, fractures, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, and much more. He uses conservative and minimally invasive treatments to help patients achieve lasting relief from pain and can determine which treatment will help you best. Dr. Togher is knowledgeable, compassionate, and committed to your recovery.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Togher, call our office today at (239) 261-2663 or use our convenient online request form.