Why You Should See Your Friendly, Local Dearborn Podiatrist

Jul 1, 2021

There are many great reasons to live in or around Dearborn. We admit that “a great podiatrist” probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind for most people—but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be on your list!

Having access to a trusted local foot and ankle expert can be a big plus for you and your family – both now and well into the future. And whether you live in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Detroit, Highland Park, or any area around or in-between, Michigan Foot & Ankle Specialists can be the podiatry office for you.

Here are just a few reasons why having a neighborhood podiatrist in Dearborn can be a major benefit.

We Get to Know You

We don’t just mean that we get to know you as a person, although that’s part of it!

By having a “home base” for foot and ankle care, we get to know your individual needs and medical history over time. And the more we know, the better we can tailor our treatments and recommendations in ways that are best for your specific situation.

You might not think your foot and ankle history is very important unless you have a long-standing condition in need of regular care. However, even supposedly mild injuries like an ankle sprain can cause effects such as instability and arthritis in the future if they do not heal properly. Having a comprehensive picture of your foot and ankle health can help us better identify sources of problems such as these.

Furthermore, knowing your family can be an asset in early detection of inherited conditions in your children. 

As an adult, you may now be feeling the effects of flat feet, bunions, and other conditions that actually started much earlier in your life. If we know there’s a family history of certain problems, we can take steps with your children now to detect and address developing symptoms before they have a chance to become significant trouble.

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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.

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A Dearborn Podiatrist for the People

Whether you need help with a sports injury, a solution to bothersome heel pain, preventative diabetic foot care or a multitude of other foot and ankle needs, we hope you consider Michigan Foot & Ankle Specialists as your local go-to.

Our independent practice has been serving Dearborn, Westland, Melvindale, Hamtramck and more since 2004, and we would love to add you and your family to our history of excellent care.

Schedule an appointment with Michigan Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling our office at (313) 582-6222. If you would prefer to contact us electronically instead, please fill out our online contact form and a member of our staff will respond to you during our standard office hours.



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Dearborn, MI 48126


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