Caring for Your Feet: A Profile of the MHFS Podiatric Department
Each April, Foot Health Awareness Month is observed by the American Podiatric Medical Association to bring awareness to the importance of foot and ankle health to overall health and well-being. Most Americans spend a large portion of their day on their feet but probably never pay much attention to those feet until pain or discomfort sets in.
In recognition of Foot Health Awareness Month, Methodist Hospital for Surgery (MHFS) is highlighting Dr. Kevin Myer, a member of the podiatric surgical team. Since arriving at MHFS, Dr. Myer has come to embrace the MHFS goal of providing patients with the utmost level of care. As a department, the podiatric team strives to maintain a standard of excellence in the level of care they provide, both conservatively as well as surgically.
Dr. Myer is Board Certified in Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery and specializes in the conservative and surgical management of all foot and ankle problems, ranging from ingrown nails to reconstructive flatfoot and ankle surgery. Dr. Myer applies years of specialty training with an emphasis on the foot and ankle to provide patients with the best possible outcome.
According to Dr. Myer, one of the biggest misconceptions most people have relating to their feet is that they are supposed to hurt. If there is an area of pain in the foot or ankle, it should not be ignored or neglected. Instead, people should consider that pain as a message from the body telling them that something is just not right. There are many foot and ankle problems that can be easily addressed and remedied, resulting in most patients saying, “I should have made an appointment a long time ago!”
The most common foot problem that the podiatric team at MHFS treats is bunions and plantar fasciitis (heel pain). For ankles, lateral ankle instability (frequent ankle sprains) and degenerative ankle joints or joint injuries are the most common issues the team tends to manage. When needed, modern technology such as X-ray, CT and MRI are used to determine a trickier diagnosis.
Once diagnosed, the most common treatments can vary. Many times, a custom orthotic is often the conservative treatment of choice for multiple problems associated with the foot and ankle. Supporting the foot with a custom orthotic realigns the joints to resist development of arthritis and decreases the tension on tendons, which can lead to tendonitis and sometimes tendon dysfunction over time when not treated appropriately.
If you are experiencing foot or ankle discomfort, do not wait any longer to seek medical intervention. Dr. Myer says the best part about his job is correcting deformities and relieving pain in his patients, allowing them to return to their normal activities or simply wear shoes again without pain. To schedule an appointment, please call 972-569-2700.