Choosing the right medical professional to help you treat your condition can be a daunting task. This is especially true when you need to choose between two specialists that seem to cover similar cases such as a podiatrist and an orthopedic doctor. It is important to understand the difference between the two so you won't end up wasting your time going to and fro from one specialist to another.
An orthopedic doctor diagnoses and treats all conditions involving bones, joints, and soft tissues in all parts of the body. They can treat sprains, strains, and fractures as well. On the other hand, a podiatrist or a foot doctor specializes in disorders and injuries of the foot, ankle, and the lower leg only. The big difference perhaps is that podiatrists also treat even congenital structural problems and skin problems of the foot, ankle, and lower leg.
So when it comes to foot, ankle, and lower leg problems, choose a podiatrist. And when you need one, choose us at Mattison Podiatry Group.