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Expert foot and ankle care in the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin

Our board-certified podiatrists can help treat foot conditions from the common to the complex.

We use the latest research and technology to diagnose and heal conditions of the foot and ankle.

From the first appointment, we’re here for you with personalized care options that fit your lifestyle.

Everyone experiences some kind of foot and ankle pain during their lifetime. Your feet might ache after a long day of hiking, or your ankles might hurt at the end of your shift. But sometimes foot and ankle pain doesn’t go away. When that happens, you may need the help of a podiatrist, a doctor who specializes in treating foot and ankle conditions.

Our board-certified podiatrists listen closely to your concerns and answer your questions. Then, we create a personalized treatment plan for you using the latest technology and research.

We have podiatrists at many locations across the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin, so the care you need is always close to home.

Common foot and ankle conditions that we treat

Our podiatrists are trained in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the feet and ankles. Common conditions we treat are:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel pain
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Ankle pain
  • Bunions
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Hammertoe and mallet toe
  • Numbness
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Arch pain
  • Bursitis
  • Charcot fractures
  • Flatfoot
  • Foot and ankle fractures
  • Foot ulcers
  • Gout
  • Hallux limitus/rigidus
  • Heel spurs/Haglund's deformity
  • High arch
  • Infections
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Morton’s neuroma 
  • Plantar warts
  • Removal of foreign bodies
  • Sever’s disease
  • Shin splints
  • Sprains
  • Tailor's bunion
  • Tarsal tunnel
Symptoms of foot and ankle conditions

Common symptoms of a foot or ankle condition include the following:

  • A chronic burning or tingling sensation in your foot or ankle
  • Collapsed arches
  • Discoloration of the skin on your feet or ankle
  • Foot deformity that rubs on shoes
  • Foot pain while walking or standing that interferes with daily activities
  • Growths on the foot and ankle
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Injury to the foot or ankle
  • Open or bleeding wounds on the foot
  • Persistent foot swelling or numbness
Diagnosing foot and ankle conditions

When you come in for a visit, our podiatrists will listen to you describe your symptoms and decide the best way to diagnose your condition. Podiatrists usually diagnose foot and ankle conditions using the following tests:

Physical exam

We’ll look at your foot, ankle or joints and feel for anything out of the ordinary, like swelling or lumps, to get a better idea of exactly where you feel pain. During a physical exam, we might ask you to stand or walk so we can see how you move. 

Imaging tests

Sometimes, imaging tests like X-rays are needed to get a better look at exactly what’s causing the problem in your foot or ankle. These tests can show fractures, arthritis, deformities, bone spurs and spots where your joints might be pressing together.

Lab tests

A sample of your blood or joint fluid may be taken to help determine the cause and treatment of your condition.

Common treatment options for foot and ankle conditions

Our board-certified podiatrists use the latest technology and treatments to help heal your foot and ankle pain. Common treatments include: 

Medications

Depending on your diagnosis, we might recommend the use of medications. Anti-inflammatory medicines and antibiotics are among the most common types of medications used to treat foot and ankle conditions.

Orthotics

Prescription orthotics are custom-made devices that reduce stress, relieve pain and properly align your foot and ankle. Orthotics come in two different categories, functional and accommodative. Functional orthotics are usually made of semi-rigid material, like plastic, and are used to treat foot pain caused by abnormal motion like tendinitis and shin splits. Accommodative orthotics are made of softer material to cushion the feet and relieve pain caused by ulcers or growths.  

Physical therapy

Regular physical therapy with exercises and stretching can improve conditions like plantar fasciitis, sprains or tendinitis. Physical therapy is also used for pre-surgical training and post-surgical recovery.

Cortisone injections

Cortisone injections are often used to treat foot and ankle conditions like plantar fasciitis and bursitis. A cortisone injection is a strong anti-inflammatory that helps reduce pain and inflammation or arthritis.

Surgery

Depending on what type of foot condition you have, we might recommend surgery. Conditions like fractures, arthritis or bunions are often treated with surgery.

Getting started with podiatry treatment Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Custom orthotics are shoe inserts made specifically to fit your feet. By using custom orthotics, you can be sure that they are supporting and aligning your foot and ankle correctly. Some orthotics are used to add more support, others are used to correct the way your foot moves.

Custom orthotics are made by prescription only and are used to treat many common foot and ankle conditions like:

  • Arch pain
  • Bunions
  • Diabetic foot conditions
  • Flatfoot
  • Heel pain
  • Knee pain
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Shin splints

We will work with you to determine if a custom orthotic is the best treatment for your foot or ankle condition.

We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicare, PreferredOne and many others.

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