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Foot and Ankle Doctor in Erie, PA

Foot And Ankle Surgery

Your journey towards optimal foot and ankle health starts at Lake Erie Podiatry, where Dr. Michael Ruiz, DPM, and our dedicated team provide exceptional care tailored to your unique needs. With years of experience and a commitment to staying current with the latest advancements in podiatric medicine, we ensure that our patients receive the highest quality treatment for a wide range of foot and ankle conditions.

Whether you require conservative management or surgical intervention, our practice is equipped to handle your specific concerns with expertise and compassion. We understand the importance of timely treatment, which is why we often have same-day scheduling available, ensuring quick access to our services. Plus, as a trusted provider in the community, we accept most insurance plans, making it easier for our patients to receive the care they need without added stress.

Our team is dedicated to helping individuals from all walks of life, regardless of their age or condition, by offering personalized, compassionate care and a wide range of treatment options. Schedule with us today and take the first step towards restoring your foot and ankle health.


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Foot Treatment From A Podiatrist Near You

Treatments Available at Lake Erie Podiatry

At Lake Erie Podiatry, we understand that each patient's situation is unique, and we approach treatment accordingly. Depending on the severity of your condition and your response to conservative, noninvasive treatments, Dr. Ruiz may recommend surgery as the most effective course of action. However, nonsurgical treatments are always explored before considering surgical intervention.

Some nonsurgical treatment options include:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain management
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroid injections

If surgery is deemed necessary, Dr. Michael Ruiz is highly skilled and experienced in performing a variety of surgical treatments for common foot and ankle problems. These conditions include bunions, hammertoe, metatarsal issues, ankle arthritis, Achilles tendon disorders, Morton's neuroma, tibialis posterior disorder, and plantar fasciitis. The main goal of these surgeries is typically long-lasting pain relief.

Should you require surgery, Dr. Ruiz will thoroughly discuss the procedure, your overall health, and any potential changes in medication during an appointment before your surgery. This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions and fully understand the process, ensuring a smooth and stress-free experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if I need foot and ankle surgery?

While many foot and ankle conditions can be managed with more conservative treatments, sometimes, a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon may recommend surgery as the most effective course of action. It’s best to consult with a specialist like Dr. Michael Ruiz, who can evaluate your condition, consider your medical history, and recommend whether surgery is necessary based on the severity of your symptoms and your response to noninvasive treatments.

How long will my recovery take? What can I do to speed up the process?

Recovery from foot and ankle surgery varies depending on the individual case, the specific condition, and the type of surgery performed. Generally, a foot and ankle specialist will advise resting, applying ice to the affected area, compressing the area to prevent further strain, and elevating the affected foot and ankle to minimize swelling. Depending on the weight-bearing capacity of your foot and ankle, Dr. Ruiz may recommend using bandages, splints, surgical shoes, casts, crutches, orthotics, or a cane.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes! We accept most insurance plans, so you can focus on getting the treatment you need without added financial stress. However, we always recommend checking with your provider prior to scheduling an appointment. If you have any questions about billing, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team is always happy to help!

Are there any reliable foot surgeons in my area?

If you're searching online for a "foot surgeon near me," your search ends here! Dr. Michael Ruiz, DPM at Lake Erie Podiatry has ample experience in treating a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, offering the community of Erie podiatric care for more than 24 years. He is dedicated to helping individuals from all walks of life, regardless of their age or condition, by offering personalized and compassionate care. Schedule with us today and take the first step toward restoring your foot and ankle health!

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