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At Heartland Orthopedic Specialists, our specialty-trained podiatry doctor is the leading expert in treating injuries of the foot, ankle, and lower extremity.

Podiatry is a specialized field of medicine focused on the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and lower extremity.

The muscles, bones, joints, and ligaments in the foot and ankle all work together systematically to allow movement. When even one of these factors becomes injured or inflamed, the result can range from mild pain to complete immobility.

Foot or ankle pain may be the result of a traumatic injury, such as a fracture; an overuse injury, such as Achilles tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis); a chronic condition or disease, such as osteoarthritis; or even a deformity, such as a bunion.

It may be time to seek treatment with a specialist if you think you may be suffering from a foot or ankle injury or condition. Consult a podiatrist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of the foot or ankle:

  • The sudden onset of intense pain
  • Numbness or tingling in the foot or ankle
  • Pain in the heel, ball, or arch of the foot
  • Pain in the foot or ankle when at rest or when you're NOT bearing weight
  • Inability to walk without pain
  • Pain that persists or worsens for more than two weeks
  • Swelling or tenderness that persists or worsens after two to three days
  • Restricted range of motion or immobility due to stiffness, weakness, or swelling

Seek immediate treatment if you develop a fever or if you notice warmth and redness at the site of the injury, as these are signs of an infection.

Injuries and conditions of the foot and ankle typically do not subside without proper treatment due to the constant weight bearing, stress, and frequency of use our feet and ankle endure. A consultation with our expert podiatry specialist is the safest way to distinguish a severe foot or ankle condition from a minor foot or ankle injury.

At Heartland Orthopedic Specialists, our podiatry specialist understands that foot and ankle issues can cause immense pain, disrupt your daily activities, and reduce your quality of life. This is why our podiatrist is committed to thoroughly assessing, accurately diagnosing, and promptly treating your injury or condition, so you can get back on your feet quickly and safely.

To consult with our podiatry specialist at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists, please request an appointment online or call (800) 762-1177.

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Why choose Heartland Orthopedic Specialists?

The expert podiatrist at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists has completed rigorous training and specialized educational programs focused exclusively on the orthopedic care of the foot, ankle, and lower extremity. Having mastered highly advanced techniques and accumulated a wealth of combined experience, our podiatry doctor is compassionate, talented, and highly skilled in developing customized treatment plans to accommodate each patient’s individual needs.

Our podiatry specialist, Dr. Russell Sticha, has the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your podiatric injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

To consult with our Heartland Orthopedic Specialists podiatric specialist, please request an appointment online or call (800) 762-1177.