Wellness Wednesday: Great Lakes Orthopaedics – Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery

Knowing who to see when you are experiencing pain is an important step to recovery.

We spoke with Dr. Stephen Reichard from the Great Lakes Orthopaedic Center to talk about the difference between a podiatrist and a surgeon.

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“Podiatrists treat bones, soft tissues, and joints in the foot and ankle, as well as other biomechanical and skin conditions. They have a degree in Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and have specialized training in medicine as it relates to the foot.”

“Orthopaedic surgeons treat the entire musculoskeletal system, which includes your bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and related anatomy. Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons then focus primarily on the foot, ankle, and lower leg. They are medical doctors with either a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree.”

To learn more about the difference, click here.

They also talked about the importance of ankle health and the factors that take part in ankle injuries.

This was the list:

  • Weight
  • Diabetes
  • Genetics
  • Activity Level
  • Prior Injuries

To learn more about how to see a podiatrist or an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon at the Great Lakes Orthopaedic Center, click here.

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