We Focus on Conservative Treatments Whenever Possible
We understand that some patients are hesitant to see an expert regarding any foot or ankle condition they may have, for fear of being told that they’ll need surgery to correct the problem. This fear is even more likely for chronic pain or prominent foot deformities such as bunions or hammertoes.
But surgery is not something we want to recommend for our patients either, if we can avoid it.
Many foot and ankle conditions – including causes of chronic pain – can often be addressed through conservative treatments such as physical therapy, custom orthotics, and laser therapy. The vast majority of heel pain causes can be treated this way, and even the symptoms of many cases of bunions and hammertoes can be managed without surgery as well.
This is not to say we will string you along with conservative treatments that have no chance of working. We will recommend surgery if other forms of treatment haven’t provided the results you need, or it’s clear from the start that none would. But if there is a conservative treatment that can provide you a real possibility of avoiding surgery, we will discuss it with you.
We Are Dedicated to Foot and Ankle Care
“Why not just go to my primary care physician for a foot or ankle problem?” you may ask.
And that is a very reasonable question. For an answer, it’s worth asking why podiatrists exist in the first place.
A podiatrist, like our own Dr. Alexander Thomas, must undergo extensive education and training in the area of foot and ankle health alone. The reason for this is simple: the feet and ankles are complicated structures!
Did you know that a little more than 25% of the bones in your body are located in your feet? And connected to them are multitudes of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other tissues that allow for a variety of smooth movements and operations.
Primary care physicians are essential and extremely good at providing general care. But when an expert is needed for foot and ankle care, they refer to us. Coming to our Dearborn office first for a foot or ankle concern can both save you time and start building a history with us that can benefit you down the road (see our first reason up above). We will also gladly collaborate with your primary care physician to ensure all your needs are being met across the board.