How to Choose Between Podiatric vs Orthopedic Surgeon Questions and Answers
Confused about whether to see a podiatrist or another professional? Hicksville Podiatry will help you decide with our article on podiatric vs orthopedic surgeons. Call us today or schedule an appointment online. We have 2 convenient locations near you. We serve patients from Hicksville NY, West Hempstead NY, Jericho NY, New Cassel NY, Bethpage NY, Levittown NY, Plainview NY, Westbury NY, East Meadow NY and Syosset NY.
A person having problems with their feet should go see a podiatrist, and a person having problems with their back should see an orthopedist, but is it just as simple as that? At Hicksville Podiatry, we’d like to help you determine who you should see about whatever issue or issues you’re having, so here’s how to choose between a podiatric vs. orthopedic surgeon.
What conditions can podiatrists treat?
Podiatrists treat conditions that affect the lower extremities of patients: the feet, ankles, and heels. This includes issues like calluses, athlete’s foot, flat feet, heel pain, arthritic ankles, gout, fractures, sprains, sports injuries of the lower extremities, and even diabetic wounds of the lower extremities.
Other issues of the feet, ankles, and heels can be addressed by a podiatrist, like issues with the bones and muscles there. This includes deformities like bunions. To be able to treat such issues and some of the others we’ve mentioned, a podiatrist can perform surgery. If you know you need surgery or aren’t sure, a podiatrist can help make a determination, and so can an orthopedist.
What is the difference between podiatrists and orthopedists?
The two types of medical professionals are somewhat similar, as they have similar levels of education and similar capabilities, including the ability to perform surgery, and they also work together regularly. There are more similarities than differences. However, there is one big difference: podiatrists and orthopedists treat different body systems.
An orthopedist treats problems with patients’ bones, ligaments, and muscles anywhere in the body, including the legs, hips, and feet, and a podiatrist treats problems with bones, muscles, and more in only the feet, ankles, and heels. This means that the podiatrist is better educated in and more capable of treating issues with the feet, ankles, and heels.
Is it better to see a podiatrist or orthopedist?
You might be thinking you should just go see an orthopedist about any issue you’re having even if it’s a foot problem like a broken toe, but a podiatrist is more capable of handling problems with the feet, ankles, etc. If your problem lies anywhere in these areas, then you should go see a podiatrist instead of an orthopedist. If your problem lies elsewhere, like in the back or hip, then perhaps you should see an orthopedist.
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell where a problem lies. For instance, a person might be having trouble with their posture and attribute it to a hip problem when really, the problem is with their feet and the person will need a podiatrist. Other times a person might have problems in multiple areas throughout the body, and in this case, it may be necessary to see an orthopedist. If you choose a podiatrist or an orthopedist and it turns out you need to see the other professional instead, that’s fine, as you can be referred to the other professional. Orthopedists and podiatrists connect with and network with one another regularly.
If you need surgery or believe you might, your decision shouldn’t be any different. An orthopedist is a surgeon who’s qualified to perform surgery anywhere in the body, whereas a podiatrist is a surgeon who’s more qualified to perform surgery of the feet, ankles, or heels.
Where can I find a podiatrist near me?
You can find a podiatrist right here at Hicksville Podiatry. We have multiple locations in New York, so please see our Locations page for the one nearest you, it’s address, and it’s contact information. Call us today at the clinic near you or go ahead and book a consultation with us. We’d be happy to see you about any issue you’re having or if you need surgery. You’ll find a fully capable podiatric surgeon here with Dr. Davinder Bhela, DPM.
We hope to hear from you soon!