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Our fellowship-trained and board-certified foot doctors at EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Division consistently deliver exceptional foot care to the residents of Asheville, South Asheville, Hendersonville, and the surrounding communities.
The daily use and stress our feet undergo every day make them susceptible to injury and pain, and often times, this can lead to related pain elsewhere in the body. As a result, patients often seek care from a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon. While both medical experts have the education and training to treat foot and ankle injuries and conditions, there is much that differs between them. A doctor who specializes in podiatry is focused solely on the foot, ankle, and lower leg, while an orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in the foot and ankle has a deep understanding of the entire musculoskeletal system in addition to specialty training in the foot and ankle.
At EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Division, our foot doctors are medical experts and orthopedic surgeons who are dedicated to helping our patients with foot pain by using their advanced training and education to assess, diagnose, and treat simple and complex foot injuries and conditions, from bunions to flatfoot.
The symptoms of a foot injury or condition can indicate if you need to see a specialist, the type of condition you may have, or how severe your foot injury may be. Take note of symptoms you are experiencing, especially if they are similar to those listed below. This will be valuable information to share with your foot doctor since it can help to properly diagnose your foot ailment and find the best treatment for you.
- Feet tingle upon standing
- Foot pain makes it hard to get to sleep or stay asleep
- Heel-specific pain
- Pain when walking or standing
- Stiffness in the toe joint or joints
- Toes are tender to the touch
These symptoms could indicate that you have sustained one of the following foot injuries or conditions that can be treated by our foot experts at one of our four convenient locations in Asheville – McDowell, Asheville – Livingston, South Asheville, or Hendersonville. Treatments for the foot and related injuries and conditions may be conservative or require surgery.
- Forefoot conditions (hammertoes, bunions)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Metatarsal joint issues
- Muscle sprains or strains
Excellence & Exceptional Foot & Ankle Care in Asheville
At EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Division, we understand that choosing the best doctor to treat your foot pain is an important decision. It requires you to consider several things; most notably, the doctor’s knowledge and experience in treating foot conditions and injuries, which is why we pride ourselves in having the most fellowship-trained doctors and surgeons in the Asheville region.
Dr. Mark Hedrick, Dr. Douglas Lucas, and Dr. Peter Mangone, are our foot and ankle orthopedic surgeons who have accomplished additional training through a fellowship specifically in the foot and ankle. Our foot doctors intimately understand how to treat your foot issue and will help guide you to a better quality of life through reduced or eliminated pain. They also benefit from the collective knowledge of our entire staff of orthopedic experts in conservative care, surgery, and therapy, which allows them to discuss cases, share knowledge, and bring the best treatment options to you. Regardless of your diagnosis and the treatment you receive, our doctors are committed to working with you every step along your journey to reduce or eliminate pain, and they always recommend conservative treatment first before offering surgery options.
If you feel the time is right for you to meet with an expert to discuss your foot issue, you can make an appointment online or call us at (828) 258-8800. We also offer an orthopedic urgent care for injuries or conditions that can't wait for an appointment. Please click here for the availability of our Orthopedic Urgent Care locations in Asheville, South Asheville, and Hendersonville.
For more information on foot and ankle injuries and conditions, please visit our Athlete and Parent's Online Guide to Sports Medicine.