Most people are nervous about going to see a new specialist. We get it. It’s only natural. “Can’t my general practitioner handle this?”
We’re not here to denigrate the great work that your regular doctor is already doing. But what we will say is that, if your feet and ankles are causing you pain and getting in the way of your daily life, a podiatrist is the person you want to add to your health care team. It doesn’t matter whether you already have a regular general practitioner or if you haven’t been to any kind of medical office visit in a long time.
Podiatrists are doctors who specialize exclusively in the health of feet, ankles, and connected structures in the lower legs. We are multi-disciplinary practitioners who can evaluate, diagnose, and treat conditions and injuries in the lower limbs with either conservative care options or surgery. We complete four years of medical training, three years or residency training, and often additional training and certification in specialties such as foot and ankle surgery, diabetic wound care, pediatrics, nerve health, and more.
You really can’t overestimate the important role that the feet play in overall health and happiness, but the truth is most people take their feet for granted until they start hurting. Your feet are your foundation. You rely on them nearly every second of every day, from getting you out of bed in the morning, going through your workday, enjoying leisure and sports activities, doing household chores, and spending time with your family. When they hurt, you can’t function the way you want to. And if you don’t do something about it, it becomes harder and harder to stay in shape and maintain good, healthy habits.
Because podiatrists focus 100% on feet, ankles, and related structures, they are the most trained and experienced doctors whenever issues in this part of the body arise. We keep your feet healthy, so that your feet can keep the rest of you healthy and doing the things you love to do!
Feet bothering you? If so, make an appointment with Dr. Matt Wettstein in Twin Falls or Burley today. You can reach us at (208) 731-6321, or complete our online contact form.