A podiatrist is a foot and ankle specialist and we do everything beginning with issues with the skin, lesions, different types of diseases all the way down to bony deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, heel pain and trauma.
The vast majority of my patients usually come in because they have foot pain and are having discomfort while walking or wearing shoes or are not able to perform athletics or whatever activities it is that they do on a daily basis. A lot of people go to see their general practitioner for foot or ankle pain out of habit. Whereas, as a Podiatrist, all I do all day long is evaluate patient's foot and ankle pain and create treatment plans and order testing.
Many times when my patients come in that have seen the general practitioner, they are not always able to help the patient. I always tell them it's like taking your car to the muffler shop to get the brakes fixed. They may be able to tell you that you have a brake problem, but you need to go to the brake specialist and get whatever it is that it needs fixing. And that is the same thing with us because we see this every day, we have specialized protocols that are tailored specifically for each of the conditions that we see in the foot and ankle.
A lot of primary physicians see such a variety of things that they can't really get into much depth with something like the foot and ankle so they may try a first-line therapy such as an anti-inflammatory or recommend an insert or something like that and then if it gets beyond that where the patient isn't getting any relief, then they usually just refer them to us and let us take care of them from that point forward.
Call to see Dr. Richard Nichols at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists at 817-481-4000 should you have any questions or the need arises. We have two convenient locations to serve you in Grapevine and Keller.
Richard A. Nichols, DPM
Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists