If your feet and ankles don’t move and turn like they used to, a visit to Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists in either Mount Pleasant or Charleston is sure to put you right again.
Whether it’s blisters, bunions, calluses, gout or simple foot and ankle pain caused by any of a variety of ailments, Drs. Andrew Saffer and Adam Brown will not only take away your pain – they will, in all likelihood, make you feel like a brand-new you.
“We are a patient-driven private practice, and our motto is ‘Patient care is our only care,’” Dr. Saffer said. “We are both board-certified foot surgeons able to offer resolution of foot and ankle pain, typically with a conservative treatment approach.”
Their approach handles a broad range of foot disorders: plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, ingrown toenails and some you may have never heard of, such as diabetic neuropathy and tarsal tunnel syndrome.
“We understand on a deeper level what our patients are experiencing with various foot conditions, partly because we have experienced some of their ailments ourselves,” Dr. Brown said.
Suppose you come to Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists because a pain in the ball of your foot makes you feel like you’re always standing on a marble – and your toes are numb as well. The doctors will first explain to you that this condition could be a Morton’s neuroma – named after Dr. Thomas George Morton, an American surgeon who first described the condition in 1876.
Next, they will ascertain whether you need something as simple as custom foot orthotics, regular stretching or proper shoe recommendations or if corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory injections or surgery might be needed to avoid chronic pain. Then they will stay with you through every step.
“Because feet are small compared to your whole body, they receive an enormous load with each step taken,” Dr. Saffer said. “Many foot problems develop due to negligence, ill-fitting shoes and simple wear and tear.”
Of course, if something else needs attention, the Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists staff can treat many other foot maladies, such as arthritis; toenail discoloration; hammer toe deformity; pediatric foot and ankle conditions; running injuries; and heel spurs, which is the most common ailment they see.
“Each foot consists of 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 120 muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves,” Dr. Brown said. “And they all have to work together to support your body’s weight, act as shock absorbers, help keep you balanced and push you forward with each stride.”
If you ever think one or more of these parts are not working like they should, the best help is close at hand.
“We have a fantastic team that is dedicated to helping resolve our patients’ foot and ankle complaints while providing superior customer service,” Dr. Brown said.
By L. C. Leach III