Many people will often ask "Do you treat bunions?" or "Can I see Dr. Baker for my sprained ankle?" or "I have a weird bump on my foot. Can Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nashville treat that?" The asnwer to all of these questions is yes!
Podiatrists are physicians to the foot and ankle similar to the way a cardiologist is to the heart...they treat all aspect of their specialty. Dr. Baker isboth board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (www.abps.org) and treat all conditions related to the foot and ankle from a wart to an ingrown nail to a bunion requiring surgery,etc. Podiatrists complete a four year undergraduate education, four years of graduate study at a podiatric medical college, and then complete a 2 or 3 year hospital based post graduate training.
For a list of the variety of foot conditions we treat please visit our Services Page.
If you're in Nashville, Smyrna, Carthage or anywhere in the middle Tennessee area don't hesitate to call us today if we can help you with your feet or ankles. We're here when you need us...
Should you go to try on shoes first thing in the morning when the swelling in your feet is down? Or is it better at the end of the day? Most people tend to want to go shoe shopping early in the day when their feet feel good but the truth is you should go at the end of the day when your feet are more tired and swollen. By doing so you ensure that the shoes you try will feel good when your feet are at their worst. It will also help ensure that the shoes won't pinch or bind since your feet are already swollen. Wearing well made comfort shoes are best for your feet and will provide the most support and cushion for your feet. If you wear orthotics try to get shoes where the insole can be removed to ensure the best fit. Most of all, remember that your shoes should feel good when you buy them. A well fitted pair of shoes doesn't need to be "broken in."
If you are experiencing any kind of foot pain that doesn't allow you comfort in any kind of shoes than you may have a condition like a neuroma or tendinitis that requires medical attention. Dr. Baker is here to help you in Nashville, Smyrna, or Carthage if your feet are in pain. Don't hesitate ... your feet have to last you a lifetime!
We'd like to wish all of our wonderful patients a great New Year of fabulous health and happiness. We encourage you to begin exercising if you haven't been (safely, of course with the consultation of your primary care physician) to promote better health. If at any time you begin to experience foot pain then please don't ignore it. All too often people will start to limp on the other foot in the hopes that the pain will go away. Often, however, patients will end up causing other problems in their "good foot" by limping along such as plantar fasciitis or tendinitis. We're here for you when you need us...don't suffer with foot pain.
Again, thanks for a fabulous 2011 and we're looking forward to helping our patients experience great foot health in 2012. Enjoy!
We're excited to have moved our office across the hall at Stonecrest Medical Center to suite 250. The move allows us more flexibility in our schedule and more space of our own. Please come by and say Hi to Lisa, Dr. Baker, Tara, and Bridgette!
As summer approaches, many people will ask the question: “Can I wear flip-flops?” And as more people wear them, more and more people will encounter the long- and short-term health problems that come with them.
One of the biggest problems with them is that there is no support … the foot is able to go in any direction it wants which often results in injury. The likelihood of problems also arises when people wear them for long periods of time and for long distances.
A much better alternative if you want to give you feet some fresh air is a high quality sandal with arch support and cushion. Having a back strap will at least allow for some motion control and decrease the likelihood of an injury. Diabetics need to be especially careful when their feet are exposed and if they suffer from neuropathy (numbness) in their feet then sandals should not be worn at all (only closed protective shoes).
If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask at our Nashville, Smyrna, or Carthage offices at 615/662-6676.
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