Similar to the ankle, the foot is a complex part of the human body. Determining what is causing pain in the foot can be challenging and can ultimately lead to a number of potential sources or reasons, which is why you may need to consult with a foot doctor.
At Orthopedic Associates in St. Louis, our foot doctors include an orthopedic specialist, Dr. Gary Schmidt, who has comprehensive knowledge of the entire musculoskeletal system including the foot and ankle, and a podiatrist, Dr. R Randal Aaranson, who has specialized training in the injuries and conditions that impact the lower extremity or leg including the ankle and foot. Together, both of our foot doctors bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and training to treat common and complex foot and ankle conditions and injuries. It is with extensive knowledge that they can assess, diagnose, and treat your foot injury or condition with the best treatment approach to fit your need quickly, understanding how much foot pain can disrupt your quality of life.
Signs of a Foot Injury or Condition
Your specific type of foot pain or symptoms offer insights into your foot condition. If you are experiencing any of the following, you may need to consult with a foot expert:
- A large, bony lump at the base of the big toe
- Ankle issues or ankle pain that radiates down into your foot
- Difficulty bending or straightening your big toe
- Heel pain
- Pain when you bear weight on your feet and ankles
- Sharp pain in your heel
- Swollen feet and ankles
- Toenail is growing painfully into the skin surrounding it
- Toes are curled unnaturally
If you have any of the symptoms above, your ankle specialist may diagnose you with one of these ankle or foot conditions:
- Flat feet
- Hallux rigidus
- Ingrown toenail
Superior Access to Exceptional Foot & Ankle Care
At Orthopedic Associates, our team of board-certified specialists and staff strive for excellence in orthopedic medicine and podiatry, offering exceptional knowledge and skill in every patient encounter. When diagnosing injuries and conditions, our doctors consider all factors and options before offering a care recommendation and are committed to attempting nonsurgical treatment options first before recommending surgery. Our foot and ankle specialists, Dr. R Randal Aaranson and Dr. Gary Schmidt, will work with you to develop a custom treatment plan that specifically meets your individual needs and concerns.
However, for advanced conditions or serious injuries, foot surgery, such as for a hammertoe, tendon injury, heel pain, or another ankle or foot condition, may be the best treatment choice. If this is true for you, you can move forward in confidence knowing our dedicated foot surgeons are board-certified and have additional specialty training in the foot and ankle and will perform the procedure with care, skill, and precision.
All along the way—from diagnosis to treatment and surgery as well as postoperative recovery—we are here for you. Our additional services, including digital X-ray, MRI, durable medical equipment (DME), physical therapy, and our surgery center, are all conveniently accessible to you.
We also have the following locations available to you in St. Louis as well as throughout Missouri and Illinois:
- Main Office – Old Des Peres Road, St. Louis, Missouri
- Parkland Health Center – Bonne Terre, Missouri
- Madison Medical Center, Outpatient Clinic – Fredericktown, Missouri
- Sunset Hills Healthcare – St. Louis, Missouri
- Southwest Medical Center – St. Louis, Missouri
- Troy – Troy, Missouri
- Eleven South Professional Building – Columbia, Illinois
- Red Bud Regional Hospital – Red Bud, Illinois
To schedule an appointment with one of our foot experts, please call (314) 569-0616 or use the button below.
As of Jan. 1, Robert R. Bell, M.D., Christopher D. Mudd, M.D., and Ryan T. Pitts, M.D., of Orthopedic Associates are on staff at the SSM Health St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, located at 1015 Bowles...