The podiatric specialists at Lankenau Medical Center offer a complete range of services for treating ailments of the foot and ankle. From properly diagnosing the cause of foot pain to providing ongoing foot care to diabetics, our physicians have the experience and the technical resources to help patients return to pain-free mobility and better podiatric health.
Problems Can Begin at Any Age
When we're young, a sports injury, like an ankle sprain, or congenitally flat feet may may be our only reason to visit a podiatrist. But as we age, wear and tear can cause problems like heel pain, bunions and arthritis. Diabetes and peripheral vascular disease (PVD) can also result in age-related foot problems. Most commonly, podiatrists treat patients with:
Toenail fungus and athlete's foot
Plantar faciitis (heel pain)
Sprains and strains
Heel spur syndrome
Fractures of foot and ankle
Congenital foot deformities
Diabetes-related foot problems
PVD-related foot problems
State-of-the-Art Treatment Regimes
Podiatry services at Lankenau Medical Center begin with an examination and diagnosis. An X-ray, MRI or other diagnostic test may be required. Once the cause of your pain is identified, your podiatrist will recommend the proper medical or surgical treatment. For some patients—diabetics, for example—treatment may be ongoing. Depending on your diagnosis, treatment may include:
Professional diabetic foot care so that serious problems can be averted
Wound care for diabetics
Orthotics (computer-designed and customized shoe inserts to correct foot alignment)
Laser therapy for warts and fungus nails
Surgery, when necessary, to repair fractures, hammer toes, bunions, flat feet or severe pressure ulcers
Extracorporal shock wave therapy (ESWT), noninvasive treatment for heel-related problems like chronic heel pain
If you experience foot pain or discomfort, talk to an expert at Lankenau Medical Center. An accurate diganosis and treatment can return you to pain-free activity and give you a better understanding of how to take care of your feet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my health insurance cover podiatry services?
Probably. Check your benefits handbook or call your health insurance company to see if you need a referral or to request a reimbursement form.
Should I notify my primary care physician?
In some cases, patients are referred for podiatry services by their primary care physicians. If you have a chronic illness like diabetes, it is important to keep your doctor aware of all your health issues. We will keep your primary care physician informed of your care and treatment.
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