At OrthoSC, the Grand Strand's largest and most comprehensive orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained doctors​ are dedicated to providing world-class care for a variety of foot injuries and conditions.

Foot specialists, like podiatrists, foot doctors, or foot surgeons, are medical experts who can offer a variety of treatments to help reduce foot pain. Examples of care they can provide ranges from foot and ankle surgery to treatments for conditions like bunions, ingrown toenails, or plantar warts. 

When helping a patient, doctors will usually recommend nonsurgical medical treatment or basic foot and ankle care first. For instance, sometimes a podiatrist may suggest shoe inserts called orthotics to a patient instead of a surgical procedure. However, if the nonsurgical options do not resolve the injury or condition, a foot doctor may need to perform surgery.

Since the ankle and foot work together, a doctor sometimes examines the ankle in addition to the foot, offering medical treatment for the foot, ankle, or both. Regardless of the ankle or foot issue you have, be sure to seek out a podiatrist or foot specialist who is experienced and can offer you the expert advice that is best for your unique condition, whether it is a surgical procedure or a different medical treatment.

When It's Time to Seek Foot Care

When you have foot or ankle pain, it's important to pay close attention to your symptoms so you can give your doctor or orthopedic surgeon a more detailed description of your pain when you go to your appointment, which in turn helps your doctor diagnose and treat you. Here are some examples of common foot symptoms you may be noticing:

  • Big toe angles inward
  • Bony lump on the side of the big toe
  • Feet look flat
  • Foot pain that radiates up to the ankle
  • Limping to avoid foot pain
  • Numbness
  • Pain on the bottom of the foot
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tender toes or toenails

Having any of the symptoms above may indicate one of the following common foot problems or injuries:

  • Arthritis
  • Ankle sprain
  • Bunion
  • Fracture
  • Hammertoe
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Plantar fasciitis (type of heel pain)

Taking good care of yourself means seeing a foot specialist when you suspect a problem and taking action sooner rather than later. In doing so, you may be able to avoid further pain or the need for surgery. You may also reduce the risk of having your condition worsen or developing severe problems, for instance, if the damage advances over time and you begin to lose mobility in the affected joint. Schedule an appointment with one of our foot doctors by requesting an appointment online or calling (843) 353-3460.

Experience World-Class Foot Care at OrthoSC

At OrthoSC, our experts apply their medical knowledge and skills to treating you and your foot issue. They are dedicated to providing each patient with specialized orthopedic care and are equipped with the most advanced resources, which allows your specialist to focus exclusively on diagnosing and treating your foot pain.

Our board-certified and specialty-trained doctors, Dr. Christopher Crosby and Dr. Alexander Pappas, are highly skilled in their respected field of evaluating and treating foot injuries and conditions. A core component of their care is ensuring that every patient is educated about the pain-relieving treatment options that are available to them. Our foot doctor and podiatrist also consult with their patients, offering suggestions, listening to questions, and helping them decide which course to take. Finally, be assured that our foot and ankle specialists are committed to pursuing nonsurgical options first, such as orthotics, medications, or physical therapy. At the same time, our foot surgeons will recommend foot surgery if they believe that is the best option to restore proper function. Regardless of the treatment you ultimately receive for your foot pain, our doctors will make sure to educate you about your condition, treatment options, and what you can expect afterward.

Having questions or concerns about your foot issue is normal. Schedule an appointment with our experienced foot doctor or podiatrist by calling us at (843) 353-3460 or requesting an appointment online. We’re ready to help restore you to better health.