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Our foot and ankle doctor is a recognized expert in the field and has the specialized knowledge to assess, diagnose, and treat a full range of foot injuries and conditions.
The human foot is remarkable: it includes 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments. However, feet can also be the source of significant pain for many patients. Sometimes this pain can be improved by doing something as simple as switching to better footwear.
Know When It’s Time to See a Foot Doctor
If you think your pain may be due to a foot injury or condition or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms described below, you should contact a foot doctor near you:
- Area appears deformed
- Foot pain in the heel, ball, or arch
- Loss of normal function
- Pain or swelling that doesn’t improve when you elevate your feet
- Sharp pain when flexing or pointing toes
- Skin or toenail changing color
- Tender areas
- Unable to walk or participate in daily activities without foot pain
You should also see a foot doctor if you have a fever or if your skin reddens, becomes warmer, and/or becomes more sensitive, since you could have an infection. Most people use their feet constantly throughout the day, and as a result, foot pain usually does not go away unless it is properly diagnosed and treated by a foot doctor.
Common foot problems that can be treated with both nonsurgical and surgical treatments include:
- Fallen arches, or flat feet
- Heel pain
- Metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot)
- Metatarsal joint pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Stiff big toe joint
- Toe pain
At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained foot doctor understands the first step towards reducing your pain and restoring you to better health is a proper diagnosis to pinpoint the specific cause of your pain and the most effective treatment for your individual needs, and in some cases, this may include foot surgery.
Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?
With years of experience and advanced training devoted to orthopaedic foot care and surgery, our esteemed specialist at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics is an unparalleled expert in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating foot injuries and conditions with both nonsurgical and surgical treatments.
Our orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. John Paul Elton, is fellowship-trained in the foot and ankle and has the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.
To consult with our board-certified foot surgeon at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, please request an appointment online. You can also learn more about the foot and ankle conditions we treat through our patient education resources.
Tips for Healthy Feet
Although, foot pain is often more complex; common causes of pain are the wear and tear of arthritis or a foot deformity, like bunions, and from injuries, such as fractures, and can be prevented. The following are tips to help you increase your chances of staying pain-free. Use these techniques to help protect you from injury and pain.
Extend and Flex
Each morning, point your toes and flex them several times. Make sure not to overextend or move them into positions that could put you at risk for injury.
Choose the Right Footwear
Picking the right pair of shoes that fit your feet properly helps to prevent a multitude of foot issues. Be sure to choose shoes that match your foot type. Pick shoe styles that will provide comfort and support, and remember to measure your feet regularly as feet can sometimes widen and lengthen with age.
Remember to Stretch
Simple foot stretches before and after activity will help to deter injuries. Routinely stretch the foot and supporting areas of the leg to strengthen muscles and encourage support from other areas of the body.