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Foot & ankle nonsurgical treatments

An important hallmark of the best doctors is that they provide comprehensive care to their patients.

In order to provide this comprehensive care, doctors must truly listen to their patients. They don’t focus on the complaint only, but take time to learn about their patients – when others do not – and actively seek out their humanity and intelligence. Through an engaged patient-doctor dialogue, the physician is able to educate patients on both the problem condition as well as on conservative and more aggressive treatment options, and is able to involve patients as active participants in their own health care.

Caring is the difference between a good doctor and a great one. A caring podiatrist:

  • Allows you time to tell your story, while listening and asking questions of you.
  • Performs a comprehensive lower extremity exam, not just a “focused” exam relating only to the complaint. Through a comprehensive exam, the podiatrist becomes aware of associated deformities or pathologies that may contribute to the primary complaint.
  • Communicates findings to the primary care physician and keeps the primary care physician up to date as the treatment plan changes.
  • Provides ancillary services in the office such as arterial testing, nerve testing, x-ray and use of durable medical equipment to aid in the diagnosis and provide convenience with the treatment plan.
  • Stays current on the most recent advances in podiatric and general medical care.
  • Takes the time to educate the patient and enlist the patient as a partner. This is the key to healing and prevention.

At SEFA, we prefer to begin, when possible, with nonsurgical or conservative approach to care. There are several reasons:

  • It often works.
  • It gives you time to know us, establishing trust on both sides of the exam chair.
  • It’s usually nonpermanent. For example, you can remove or change an orthotic if it doesn’t work, while surgery permanently alters structure.
  • Often there are multiple treatment options for a problem, and a conservative approach gives us the opportunity to try more than one, if necessary. 

Disadvantages of nonsurgical or conservative care:

  • It is sometimes unsuccessful.
  • It’s often nonpermanent. For instance, heel pain can return if orthotics are removed from the shoes.
  • Often there are multiple methods to treat one problem, and we may have to try several approaches before we find one that is successful with a patient.

In other words, a characteristic of nonsurgical care can be viewed as an advantage or a disadvantage.

At SEFA, well over 90 percent of patients are treated conservatively at some point in their care. In our podiatry practice, we always seek to treat a problem in the shortest amount of time, approaching it initially with the least expensive and least invasive methods and employing more aggressive treatments only when necessary.

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