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Foot & Ankle

Foot Doctors in Tyler, TX

The foot and ankle are incredible body parts. They endure vast amounts of wear and tear over a lifetime. In fact, ankles injuries are among the most common Injuries. At Azalea Orthopedics our mission is to help our patients thrive. Whether it’s on the field, in practice, or during day-to-day life, we strive to provide expert orthopedic care for the entire body. We work with our patients to help them regain their health with appropriate treatment and rehabilitation to overcome any injury or problem they incur. For athletes, the feet and ankles bear more stress than almost any other part of the body – and if you’re suffering from a foot or ankle injury, our Foot & Ankle Specialists can help.

Orthopedic Care for the Foot & Ankle

Young man having his ankle looked at by an orthopedist

Orthopedic care for the foot and ankle is a wide-ranging, complex medical field in its own right. We offer a wide variety of foot and ankle treatments at our practice that are geared to generate optimal outcomes for our patients. We’re proud to have experienced Foot and Ankle Specialists who will work with you to treat any injury you may be facing. If you are dealing with a recent injury, long-term deformity, or a hereditary problem, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan that works with your lifestyle and helps you get back on your feet – yes, pun intended!

Traumatic Foot & Ankle Injury Treatment

Our Foot and Ankle Specialists treat a wide range of problems, but perhaps the most common are traumatic injuries to the foot and ankle. These injuries usually take the form of sprains, strains, or fractures, and they are common in virtually every sport and everyday life. Whether you’re running in a football game or skating on an ice rink, your feet bear the brunt of your physical activity – and it’s easy for them to get injured under stress they endure in such events. Some common injuries that athletes experience are:

  • Fracturesxray image showing ankle injury
  • Dislocations
  • Turf Toe Injuries
  • Sprains
  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • Ankle Replacement Surgery
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Achilles and Other Tendon Injuries

Azalea Orthopedics is the leader in foot and ankle care in Tyler and throughout East Texas. We can help you identify the nature of your foot injury, perform any necessary treatment procedures, and create a plan to rejuvenate your foot and get you back to full function as soon as possible. We understand how frustrating it is to be off the field with an injury, so we strive to help our patients recover as quickly and as safely possible.

Treatment for Foot and Ankle Deformities

In addition to traumatic injuries, we also treat mechanical deformities of the foot and ankle. These deformities may be hereditary or developmental; many of these deformities are a result of shoe wear. For example, high heel shoes cause the majority of foot deformities in women. A few of the most common deformities and conditions of the foot and ankle include:

  • Bunions
  • Toe deformities
  • Nerve entrapment (Neuroma)
  • Hammertoes
  • Arthritis

While we prioritize noninvasive treatments like shoe inserts or modifications and physical therapy, there are some cases where surgery may be required.

What Are The Differences Between Podiatrist and Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Surgeons?

There are many Podiatrists in Tyler, Texas, but only a few specialty trained Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Surgeons. Azalea Orthopedics is proud to have two Foot and Ankle Specialists on our team- Dr. Beck & Dr. Priddy. The main difference between Podiatrists and Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Surgeons is the amount of education they endure. Typically, Podiatrists undergo about 8 years of formal training, while specialty trained Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Surgeons complete around 14 years of schooling including a year-long fellowship solely focused on their field of study. Therefore, after graduation, Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Surgeons are classified as Medical Doctors while Podiatrists are not.

In the state of Texas, Podiatrists are legally prohibited from treating anything above the foot, unlike a specialty trained Foot and Ankle Specialist. Often, Podiatrists see similar injuries as our Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Surgeons, such as Sprains, Bunions, Fractures, Hammertoes, and other Sports-related Injuries, but the list of their treatment options are much smaller. Our Specialists are more equipped to handle complex Sports-Injuries, Fractures, and Ankle Sprains. In many cases, conservative treatment is the best approach for correcting these problems. In many instances, Podiatrists lack the skills necessary to repair advanced foot and ankle issues. Our Foot and Ankle Specialists rely on medicine’s most technologically sound treatment options including Total Ankle Replacements, Robotic Assisted Surgery, and Complex Fusion Procedures. As with any of Azalea’s Medical professionals, our practice is built around producing unparalleled patient experiences and remarkable recoveries!

For complex ankle injuries and degenerative ankle issues, our specialists are the only surgeons in Tyler who offer Total Ankle Replacements. Other Orthopedic Surgeons in town might offer fusion surgery to correct these severe problems; our surgeons can provide options for our patients, which might include a fusion or an Ankle Replacement. Ultimately, a fusion will limit the amount of motion you will regain after surgery, while an Ankle Replacement will provide more movement following your procedure. Not all patients with such injuries are candidates for Ankle Replacement surgery; it’s important to discuss all of your options with your surgeon in order to customize a solution that allows for the best possible outcome for you.

Contact Your Tyler, TX Orthopedists

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The feet are invaluable in life and in virtually every sport, if you’re suffering from foot or ankle problems, we’ll work with you to help solve your problem. Contact us today to learn more about the orthopedic treatments we offer and to schedule a consultation in our office. We work with our patients to create tailored treatment plans that work for you. Our goal is to get you back to full function while providing excellent customer service throughout the entire healing process!

Learn About The Foot & Ankle

Our Foot & Ankle Orthopedists

Meet our industry leading Foot & Ankle Orthopedists.

Timothy Beck, M.D. specializes in orthopedic surgery with an emphasis on feet, ankle and lower extremities. Board Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

John Priddy, M.D. specializes in foot and ankle surgery. Board Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.