Within the medical field of podiatry, podiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the treatment of foot and ankle issues, helping patients manage, treat, or reduce their foot and ankle pain as well as helping to improve their overall well-being. Podiatrists go through medical training and complete an additional four years at a podiatric medical school in order to receive a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree and later complete residency and board certification. There some podiatrists who are trained only in the conservative, nonsurgical practice of podiatric medicine; however, our podiatrist at Orthopedic Associates in St. Louis, Dr. R Randal Aaranson, is a board-certified surgical podiatrist, having completed additional advanced training in surgical techniques to treat the foot and ankle so he can offer surgical treatment options in addition to nonoperative care.
SIGNS OF A PODIATRIC INJURY OR CONDITION
Your specific type of pain or symptoms offer insights into your podiatric condition. If you are experiencing any of the following, you may need to consult with a podiatrist:
- Heel pain
- Numbness or tingling in the foot or ankle
- Pain when walking or standing
- Thick, rough skin on the bottom of your foot
- Tiny black dots on an area of hardened skin
- Toenails look yellow or brownish
If you have any of the symptoms above, your specialist may diagnose you with one of these ankle or foot conditions:
- Ingrown toenail
- Plantar wart
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 podiatrist, Dr. R Randal Aaranson, 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 or ankle surgery may be the best treatment choice. If this is true for you, you can move forward in confidence knowing our dedicated podiatric surgeon is board-certified and has 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 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 our surgical podiatrist, 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...