Put Your Feet in Good Hands: Why a Board-Certified Podiatrist Is Best Equipped to Treat Your Feet an

Your feet do a lot of work. When was the last time you gave them the care they deserve? 

If you have a chronic issue such as arthritis that affects the health of your feet, they need regular medical checkups. And even if you and your feet are otherwise healthy, overuse and poorly fitting shoes can lead to problems such as blisters, pain, and dysfunction.

At Maryland Orthopedic Specialists, we’re pleased to welcome board-certified podiatrist Gary Feldman, DPM, to help you with both chronic and acute foot and ankle pain. Read on to find out why a foot specialist like Dr. Feldman is best when you need care for your soles.

What’s a podiatrist’s training?

Podiatrists go to a specific podiatry school for four years. They study the way bones, nerves, and muscles work in conjunction with your feet, ankles, and lower body. They learn how illnesses and injuries affect the feet, including how to diagnose and treat foot problems. 

Learning how to perform foot surgery is also part of their training.

How does a podiatrist help with chronic pain?

If you have arthritis, where the joints in your feet are swollen, stiff, red, and tender, a podiatrist can help. Dr. Feldman can recommend lifestyle changes, physical therapy, and orthotics, which prevent the dysfunction that keeps you from doing the activities you love.

What if I injured my foot?

If you develop heel pain, you may have a heel spur or inflammation in the form of plantar fasciitis. Dr. Feldman is skilled in diagnosing such conditions and offering a solid treatment plan that helps resolve your pain quickly and effectively.

Other immediate injuries or foot problems that Dr. Feldman can address include:

How can I prevent foot pain?

Podiatrists aren’t just there for immediate pain. They can help prevent foot dysfunction and injury.

If you’re an avid exerciser, participate in sports, or run, you’re at a greater risk of foot pain. Runners, in particular, benefit from an evaluation of their gait to ensure they’re running correctly and with just the right shoes to prevent issues such as Achilles tendinitis or shin splints.

Prevention is key to avoiding issues in other parts of your kinetic chain. If your gait is off due to a foot injury or chronic condition, it can distort the way you walk. As a result, other areas in your body may start to compensate and break down, including your knees, hips, and back. 

While our experts at Maryland Orthopedic Specialists can help these joints as well, it’s best to prevent pain in the first place with good foot mechanics and care.

Care for your feet because they’re the foundation of your body. Call us at Maryland Orthopedic Specialists for an appointment with Dr. Feldman. 


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