Why You Should See an Orthopaedist for Your Foot Pain

If you’re experiencing foot pain, you may be wondering whether you should see a podiatrist or an orthopaedist (also spelled orthopedist). It can be confusing to know which doctor is the best fit for your needs. In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between orthopaedic surgeons and podiatrists, and why an orthopaedic surgeon may be the best choice for treating your foot pain.

An orthopaedic surgeon is a medical doctor who specializes in treating diseases, injuries, and conditions related to the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedists are experts in orthopedics, sports medicine, orthopaedic surgery, and foot and ankle surgery. They treat a lot of common conditions that don’t require surgeries and use a combination of therapies including rehabilitation exercises, physical therapy, orthoses and orthotics. They are also trained to perform orthopedic surgery and orthopaedic trauma care when needed.

A podiatrist, on the other hand, is a medical doctor who specializes in treating diseases, injuries and conditions of the foot, ankle and lower extremities. Podiatrists may also use orthotics or orthoses to treat foot pain or deformities, but they will typically refer you to an orthopaedic surgeon if your condition requires orthopaedic surgery related to the bones, soft tissues and joints. Podiatrists can also treat dermatological conditions of the foot. 

When it comes to foot pain, orthopaedic surgeons provide the most comprehensive care. They are best equipped to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate orthopedic conditions of the foot and ankle bones, tissue and joints.  They are experts in orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation and treat a variety of conditions. Your orthopaedic surgeons will also provide advice on how to prevent foot pain from occurring in the future.

If you’re experiencing foot pain, don’t hesitate to consult with an orthopedist. If you live in Central Texas, give CTX Foot and Ankle Center a call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bednarz and start your journey to get relief from your foot pain.