Foot or ankle problems can be irritating, frustrating and majorly impact your quality of life by making walking or even standing more difficult. Your podiatrist is your best bet in diagnosing and treating your foot or ankle pain. However, when conservative treatments fail, you may be faced with surgery, many of which, thankfully, can be performed right in your doctor’s office. Learn about the benefits of in-office surgeries with help from your Tyler, TX podiatrist at East Texas Foot and Ankle Center.
What is a podiatrist?
A podiatrist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the foot, ankle and leg. In addition to diagnosis and treatment, podiatrists also perform surgical procedures. Podiatrists often further specialize in branches like pediatrics, sports medicine and diabetic care. The podiatric title of “DPM” recognizes your Tyler podiatrist’s years of foot and ankle training and hospital residency.
The Benefits of In-Office Surgeries
The most obvious benefit of in-office surgery is convenience. Instead of having to go to an outpatient center or hospital, you can simply go into your doctor’s office as though you were having a normal appointment. No confusion or driving out of the way necessary. Additionally, you will undergo surgery with a doctor you know and trust, with many patients having seen their podiatrist for years.
Some common in-office surgical procedures performed by your podiatrist include surgeries to treat:
- claw toes
- ruptured or damaged Achilles tendon
- other conditions of the tendons and ligaments
Your doctor will most likely try more conservative treatments before recommending surgery for your condition. You will probably require an initial appointment for an examination to determine the cause of your foot or ankle issues.
The easiest way to understand which treatment plan is best for you is to consult with your podiatrist at East Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. For more information on in-office surgical procedures in the Tyler, TX area and how they can benefit you, please call (903) 939-3668 to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable associate about scheduling your examination today!