Podiatry Specialist

International Medical Clinics (IMC)

Family Medicine & OBGYNs located in Atlanta, GA

When you have foot, ankle, or leg problems, you need specialized podiatric care to diagnose and treat conditions that may limit your mobility and decrease your quality of life. The caring and experienced team at International Medical Clinics (IMC) offers expert podiatry care to men, women, and children in Atlanta. For a consultation regarding symptoms affecting your lower extremities, call or schedule an appointment online.

Podiatry Q & A

What is podiatry? 

Podiatry is a field of medicine focused on the care of your feet, ankles, and legs. A podiatrist is a physician specially trained in preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions that affect the lower extremities. 

They have extensive knowledge in the areas of surgery, dermatology, orthopedics, internal medicine, and rehabilitation. Your podiatrist:

  • Identifies symptoms and diagnoses disease
  • Performs leg, ankle, and foot surgery
  • Orders medications
  • Prescribes physical therapy regimens
  • Develops a customized plan of care
  • Creates your personalized rehabilitation plan

Your podiatrist often identifies early signs of chronic disease that may be undiagnosed, as symptoms often present in the lower extremities earlier than the rest of the body. 

Symptoms that indicate arthritis, diabetes, or vascular diseases, like joint pain, slow wound-healing, or poor circulation, may present in the feet or legs before they are detected otherwise. 

What conditions can a podiatrist treat?

Your podiatrist at IMC is highly skilled at treating conditions of the foot, ankle, and leg, including:

  • Bunions
  • Arthritis
  • Hammertoe
  • Ingrown Nails
  • Fungal Infections
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Infections
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Inflammation
  • Vascular disease
  • Varicose veins and spider veins
  • Fractures, sprains, and strains
  • Plantar fasciitis 
  • Tendonitis
  • Achilles tendonitis or rupture

Your podiatrist may use physical assessment, X-ray, ultrasound, or computed tomography (CT) to diagnose the condition affecting your lower extremities. 

What are the treatment options for my foot, ankle, or leg condition? 

Your podiatry specialist takes time to assess your symptoms and determine the best course of treatment for you. Podiatry care may include:

  • Braces
  • Shoe inserts
  • Medications 
  • Foot surgery
  • Leg surgery
  • Ankle surgery
  • Customized orthotics
  • Specialized footwear
  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy
  • Home exercises or stretches
  • Activity limitations
  • Assistive mobility devices 
  • Electric stimulation 
  • Laser stimulation 

When your feet, ankles, or legs do not function properly, it can affect every aspect of your life. Specialized treatment of conditions affecting your lower extremities is essential to regain your best podiatric health. 

Why do I need foot surgery? 

Types of foot surgeries include fracture repair, hammertoe and bunion correction, joint fusion, joint replacement, wound debridement, and ligament, tendon, and fascia repair. You may need surgical intervention for your foot conditions if your symptoms:

  • Affect your quality of life
  • Impact your overall health
  • Impact your mobility
  • Don’t respond well to conservative treatments

If you need foot, ankle, or leg surgery, your IMC podiatrist takes time to explain the reasons, risks, and benefits. For expert podiatry care, call the office or schedule an appointment online with IMC today.