Why Choosing a Podiatrist Matters

If you have diabetes, treatment for your feet should be absolutely preventative. The goal needs to be taking proper care of your feet now to help prevent very dangerous problems and consequences in the future.

At Foot & Ankle Clinics of Arizona, we are committed to working with patients to provide the best in preventative diabetic foot care, including vascular monitoring and diabetic shoe programs.

Why Not Just See a General Practitioner?

You might have a doctor you see for general ailments. Why not see them when something is going on with your feet and ankles, as well? 

Feet may seem simple at first glance, but their workings may be much more complex than you think. Each foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Just your feet and ankles alone comprise more than one-quarter of the bones in your body, and these parts are vital to your mobility! 

This is why podiatry is a specialty, like cardiology or neurology. A podiatrist has the most education and training when it comes to treating the feet and ankles – a podiatrist undergoes the most extensive certification process to achieve their status.   

A general practitioner is a great asset for an individual or family when it comes to general problems, but a podiatrist is much more keen toward treating problems of chronic pain and other complications in the feet or ankles. A general practitioner might even refer you to a podiatrist when they know that expertise is needed. 

An Extensive Expertise

Seeing a podiatrist means not only seeing an expert in diagnosing foot conditions, but also an expert in the best ways to treat those problems. We also provide specialized and preventative care for conditions that can have serious effects on the feet. 

Some of the specialties you can find at Foot & Ankle Clinics of Arizona include: 

Diabetic Foot Care 

The consequences of diabetes on the feet can be especially dire if left unchecked. The chance of even small cuts and sores developing into severe infections is very real.  

We provide expert preventative care to avoid dangerous situations, as well as, fast and thorough care when diabetic wounds are in need of treatment. This includes regular review and maintenance checkups for your feet, and a diabetic shoe program that provides customized orthotic footwear to reduce the risks of ulcers and complications. 

Treatment of Chronic and Acute Foot and Heel Pain 

Heel pain and sports injuries are very common problems we see in our offices, and in many cases our patients want relief that is as fast and effective as possible so they can return to their lives and activities. 

One form of therapy we are proud to offer is our Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laserThis form of treatment uses specific wavelengths of light energy to penetrate damaged tissues and stimulate the body’s natural repair processes. 

Most patients report feeling reduced pain and swelling after the first treatment, and successive treatments build upon those results. While MLS may not be the best option for all patients, it can be a good consideration for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, arthritis, nerve pain, and more. 

Vascular Screening

Circulation is crucial to the long-term health and stability of your feet. When diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, and other conditions that impede circulation develop, the feet are often the first places to experience detrimental effects. 

Foot & Ankle Clinics of Arizona has its own in-office vascular screening lab. This allows us to gather information we need on your circulation and its effects on your feet without having to send you to another doctor or location. With this information in hand, we can provide better advice and treatment to help treat or prevent nerve damage in the feet, as well as other complications. 

Ankle Replacement and Reconstructive Surgery

Our doctors are experts in many different surgical procedures, including bunion correction and reconstruction. Surgery is often considered only as a last resort when conservative methods are proven ineffective, but you are in good hands if a procedure is needed. 

Dr. Spencer Niemann is one of few doctors in the Phoenix region to specialize in total ankle replacement surgery. If you are an older individual with end stage ankle arthritis, you may be a prime candidate for this procedure to regain comfort and mobility. If you are not, of course, we will provide the best care for your individual condition and needs. 

Optimal Focus on Foot and Ankle Care

Our podiatric team branches out into many different areas of expertise, but one simple fact remains clear: If you have a foot or ankle problem, you should come see us. 

From heel pain to fungal toenails to hammertoes to anything else that just shouldn’t be happening, the staff of Foot & Ankle Clinics of Arizona is here to provide you the best in conservative and surgical treatment options. We always keep the needs of every patient as our primary focus and will get you in as soon as possible if your needs are urgent. 

We have clinics in Phoenix (South Mountain Village), Chandler, Queen Creek, Casa Grande, and Maricopa, all ready to serve you. Give us a call at (480) 917-2300 or fill out our online contact form to reach us and schedule an appointment. Let us become your go-to experts for all your podiatric needs. 

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