Kinex Podiatry

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in foot and ankle care. This can be anything from wound care of the foot and ankle to elective and trauma surgery, as well as, casting for custom inserts and routine diabetic foot care. We deal in all ailments of the foot and ankle.

Pain of the foot could be due to a number of things. If the pain persists for more than a week, an early appointment with a podiatrist can make a huge difference in what can be done to help with the pain conservatively. Catching a problem early helps prevent more severe issues.

Depending on the needs of the patient, a Podiatrist will be a better option if the problem concerns the foot and ankle specifically. However, if the problem is generalized or deals with more than one area of the body, then an Orthopedist might be a better option. Podiatric care includes routine foot and ankle issues, but also wound care, elective and trauma surgeries and custom orthotics.

Pain to the foot and ankle that disrupts a patient’s quality of life or their ability to conduct their daily activities is a good reason to be seen by a professional for a proper assessment of the issue.

Podiatrist treat many issues and conditions of the foot and ankle including but not limited: diabetic foot care, advanced wound care, elective foot and ankle surgeries, foot and ankle injections, bunions, Achilles tendon injuries, plantar fasciitis, flat feet issues, high arched feet issues, hammertoe issues, gout conditions, dermatological issues of the foot and ankle, custom inserts in orthoses, diabetic shoes and inserts, pediatric conditions of the foot and ankle, Charcot foot injury, tendinitis injuries, sports injuries, heel pain, foot and ankle arthritis, and ingrown toenails.

Podiatrists do in fact cut toenails, however, these services are not covered for everyone. These services are geared towards patients with diabetic foot issues, neuropathic conditions, and visually-impaired individuals.

Diabetic patients usually present with diabetic neuropathy and loss of sensation in their feet, therefore, any diabetic foot pain is a red flag sign. It can be an indicator of a deep tissue infection or bone infection which are both significant issues that need immediate attention.

Some inserts can cost anywhere from $600-$800 depending on the modifications needed. Most commercial insurances do not cover for custom inserts.

Custom inserts are molded to the patient’s feet. The inserts are customized with various modifications that are necessary for the patient to walk correctly and are made of material that is quite durable and long-lasting.

Custom inserts can be molded in various ways, using different materials such as: plaster casting, foam casting or even digital 3D scanning of the feet.

New orthotics require a break-in period. Start by wearing them for a few hours daily, gradually increasing to 12 hours over 2-4 weeks. Avoid intense activities initially. If persistent pain or irritation occurs after the break-in period, consult your foot doctor for possible modifications.

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