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Podiatry at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling

Podiatry, a specialized branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle disorders, plays a pivotal role in maintaining our mobility and overall well-being. From common conditions like bunions, corns, and plantar fasciitis to more complex issues such as fractures, diabetic foot complications and sports-related injuries, podiatry addresses a wide range of ailments that impact our daily lives.

When seeking expert care for these crucial matters, users can place their trust in Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. Renowned for its commitment to excellence and patient-centric approach, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling boasts a team of highly skilled podiatrists who combine extensive knowledge with the latest advancements in the field. With a focus on compassion, individualized treatment plans, and cutting-edge technologies, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling offers unparalleled care and support, guiding patients towards optimal foot health and enhanced quality of life.

What to Expect at Your Podiatry Appointment

When patients arrive at their podiatry appointment, they can expect a well-structured and patient-focused process that aims to address their foot and ankle concerns effectively. Here's a brief overview of what patients can typically expect during their podiatry appointment:

  • Check-In and Registration: Upon arrival, patients will check-in at the reception desk, where they will be asked to provide necessary personal information and medical history updates if applicable. This step ensures that the health care team has the most current and relevant information to guide the evaluation and treatment process.

  • Preliminary Assessment: Patients will be escorted to an examination room, where a medical assistant or nurse may conduct a preliminary assessment. This may include measuring vital signs, reviewing the patient's medical history, and inquiring about the specific foot or ankle issue for which they seek treatment.

  • Consultation with Podiatrist: The podiatrist will then meet with the patient to conduct a detailed consultation. During this conversation, the podiatrist will ask about the patient's symptoms, the onset and duration of the problem, any relevant medical history, and any factors that worsen or alleviate the condition. Open communication during this stage is essential to formulating an accurate diagnosis.

  • Physical Examination: Following the consultation, the podiatrist will perform a comprehensive physical examination of the affected foot or ankle. This examination may involve observing the patient's gait, checking for any visible abnormalities, evaluating the range of motion, and assessing for signs of inflammation or injury.

  • Diagnostic Tests: In some cases, the podiatrist may order diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, ultrasound, MRI or blood tests, to obtain a more in-depth view of the condition. These tests aid in confirming the diagnosis and determining the most appropriate course of treatment.

  • Diagnosis and Treatment Plan: Based on the consultation, examination and any diagnostic test results, the podiatrist will make a diagnosis and discuss it with the patient. They will also develop a tailored treatment plan, which may include non-surgical interventions, physical therapy, medication, or, in some cases, a referral for surgical intervention.

  • Patient Education: Throughout the appointment, the podiatrist will provide patient education about the diagnosed condition, treatment options, and preventive measures to promote foot health and prevent future issues.

  • Scheduling Follow-Up or Treatment: If necessary, the patient may schedule a follow-up appointment for ongoing care or treatment. For some conditions, immediate treatment may be provided during the same visit, depending on the severity and urgency of the issue.

  • Billing and Aftercare Instructions: Before leaving the clinic, patients will receive information about billing and insurance, as well as any necessary aftercare instructions related to their treatment plan.

By following this structured process, podiatry appointments at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling ensure that patients receive comprehensive and personalized care, addressing their foot and ankle concerns with expertise, compassion and efficiency.

Podiatry Services

  • Foot and Ankle Surgery: Foot and ankle surgery at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling encompasses a wide range of procedures to address various foot and ankle conditions, including deformities, fractures and soft tissue injuries. Surgical interventions can correct structural issues, alleviate pain and restore normal function. Common conditions treated with foot and ankle surgery include bunions, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon injuries and ankle instability.

  • Ankle Arthroscopy: Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the use of a tiny camera and specialized instruments to visualize and treat various ankle joint conditions. It can be beneficial for diagnosing and treating problems such as ankle impingement, cartilage damage, loose bone fragments and synovitis. Ankle arthroscopy offers reduced recovery time and less postoperative discomfort compared to traditional open surgery, making it an excellent option for certain ankle issues.

  • Ankle Replacement: Ankle replacement, also known as total ankle arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to replace a damaged or arthritic ankle joint with an artificial implant. This procedure can significantly improve mobility, reduce pain and restore function for individuals suffering from end-stage ankle arthritis or severe ankle injuries. Ankle replacement is an excellent alternative to ankle fusion for patients who desire greater ankle joint motion and improved quality of life.

Common Conditions We Treat

  • Arthritis: Podiatrists at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling provide care for arthritis affecting the foot and ankle joints, offering treatments to manage pain, improve mobility, and preserve joint function.

  • Bunions: Our podiatry team addresses bunions, a common foot deformity, with both conservative treatments and surgical options to alleviate pain and correct the misalignment.

  • Hammertoes: Treatment for hammertoes aims to straighten or cushion the affected toes to relieve discomfort and prevent further deformity.

  • Fractures: Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle fractures, providing appropriate immobilization and therapies to promote proper healing.

  • Sprains: Saint Joseph Mount Sterling offers comprehensive care for ankle sprains, including rest, ice, compression and physical therapy to aid in recovery and prevent re-injury.

  • Neuromas: Podiatrists manage neuromas, which are painful nerve growths between the toes, utilizing conservative measures or surgical options to relieve pressure and discomfort.

  • Heel Pain: Podiatrists address heel pain, a common issue often caused by plantar fasciitis or other conditions, with various treatments to alleviate pain and restore foot function.

  • Plantar Fasciitis: Our podiatry services include specialized treatments for plantar fasciitis, focusing on reducing inflammation and managing symptoms.

  • Ingrown Nails: Podiatrists at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling offer relief for ingrown toenails, providing proper trimming, wound care or surgical procedures if necessary.

  • Corns: Our podiatry team provides solutions for corns, offering cushioning or removing the thickened skin to alleviate pain.

  • Congenital Malformations: Our specialized care includes addressing congenital foot and ankle malformations, aiming to improve mobility and function.

  • Poor Circulation: Podiatrists assess and manage foot and ankle issues related to poor circulation, providing treatments to promote better blood flow and wound healing.

  • Metatarsalgia: Saint Joseph Mount Sterling offers treatments for metatarsalgia, addressing pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot.

  • Calluses: Podiatrists manage calluses, using various techniques to reduce their size and prevent discomfort.

  • Fungal Nails: Podiatrists provide treatments for fungal nail infections, aiming to clear the infection and restore healthy nails.

  • Athlete's Foot: Podiatrists at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling offer treatments for athlete's foot, a common fungal infection, to alleviate itching and discomfort.

  • Tendonitis: Saint Joseph Mount Sterling podiatry services include treatments for tendonitis, focusing on reducing inflammation and promoting healing.

  • Thickened Nails: Podiatrists manage thickened nails, providing appropriate trimming or treatments to alleviate discomfort.

  • Plantar Warts: Saint Joseph Mount Sterling offers solutions for plantar warts, including topical treatments or minor surgical procedures to remove the warts.

  • Diabetic Pressure Ulcers: Our specialized diabetic foot care includes managing pressure ulcers, aiming to prevent infections and promote proper wound healing in diabetic patients.

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