Important Differences Between Foot and Ankle Specialists

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Two types of doctors are trained to treat foot and ankle needs: orthopedic surgeons and podiatrists. When seeking expert foot and ankle treatment, it is important to know the difference.

One difference between these foot and ankle specialists lies in their level of education. Orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons who have completed foot and ankle fellowship training have typically undergone 10 years of training, whereas podiatrists typically have 7 years of training. 

An orthopedic surgeon is a medical doctor with deep knowledge of the entire body and conditions that can affect overall health as well as concentrated training in the bones, joints, and muscles. Orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons have an intimate understanding of the entire body’s impact on the foot and ankle.

While both orthopedic surgeons and nonsurgical podiatrists treat some of the same needs—such as heel spurs, fallen arches, and minor injuries—orthopedic surgeons often treat more complicated issues specifically involving bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues. 

As the region’s most preferred orthopedic practice, Lewiston Orthopedics is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive care for every bone, joint, and muscle. Our foot and ankle expert, Dr. Timothy Flock, completed extensive, specialized training in foot and ankle care and is the only fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon in the Quad Cities!

Dr. Flock’s expertise includes:

  • Ankle fusion
  • Ankle replacement
  • Big toe replacement
  • Flatfoot deformity
  • Fractures
  • Realignment
  • Surgical treatment of arthritis
  • Tendon repairs
  • Toe deformities

To learn more about your foot or ankle condition and the services Dr. Flock provides, call or request an appointment online.