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

Podiatry doctors, or podiatrists, are medical experts who diagnose and treat patients with health issues related to the foot and ankle. Having a dedicated practice, podiatrists are highly skilled specialists who have extensive knowledge and expertise in treating foot and ankle problems. Some podiatrists may offer podiatric surgery, but others may not. A podiatrist may refer a patient to an orthopedic surgeon if the patient’s issue is highly complicated or requires complex treatment or surgery.

Podiatrists work with people of all ages and lifestyles who are dealing with foot pain due to conditions such as arthritis, a traumatic injury, bunions, a diabetic foot problem, or other various types of foot and ankle conditions.

When It's Time to Seek Podiatric Care

When you have foot or ankle pain, it's important to pay close attention to your symptoms so you can give your doctor a more detailed description of your pain when you go to your appointment, which in turn helps your doctor diagnose and treat you. Although every person experiences podiatric issues differently, here are examples of common foot and ankle symptoms you may be noticing:

  • Ankle pain that radiates into the foot
  • Fatigue
  • Heel pain
  • Overall health is diminished due to foot pain
  • Pain in the arch of your foot
  • Pain when bending or flexing your toes
  • Painful lumps on the toes
  • Sore toe or toes
  • Swollen foot and/or ankle 

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

  • Achilles tendon injury
  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Flatfoot
  • Foot deformities
  • Fracture
  • Gout
  • Hammertoe
  • Hindfoot dislocation
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Midfoot dislocation
  • Neuropathy (a diabetic-related medical condition)
  • Plantar fasciitis

Taking good care of yourself means seeing a podiatrist 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 area. To discuss your options, schedule an appointment with our podiatrist by requesting an appointment online.

Experience World-Class Podiatric Care at OrthoSC

At OrthoSC, our expert applies his medical knowledge and skills to treating you and your foot or ankle issue. He is dedicated to providing each patient with specialized podiatric care and is equipped with the most advanced resources, which allows him to focus exclusively on diagnosing and treating your pain.

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

Having questions or concerns about your foot or ankle issue is normal. Schedule an appointment with our experienced podiatrist by requesting an appointment online or calling our location in Murrells Inlet or our satellite office in Carolina Forest. We’re ready to help restore you to better health.