Podiatry

Put your best foot forward with help from podiatrists at Essentia Health. Our foot doctors work to keep your feet healthy so you can enjoy an active lifestyle.

What's a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is doctor with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle conditions. Some Essentia podiatrists are also certified in wound care and specialize in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers and other foot sores.

When to See a Podiatrist

See an Essentia podiatrist if you have:

  • Trouble walking or doing daily activities because of a foot condition
  • Foot or heel pain that lasts more than two weeks
  • Any foot or ankle injury, wound, or problem

Medical Insight: Sprained Ankle or Worse? - Essentia Health Video Transcript

[MUSIC PLAYING]

(DESCRIPTION)
The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Essentia Health Medical InsightPeople play basketball, walk up steps, play tennis

(SPEECH)
TRACY BRIGGS: Whether you're on the court or the stairs, it can happen in the blink of an eye. One wrong step and a turned ankle results in a sprain.

(DESCRIPTION)
Dr. Brad Olson, Essentia Health Podiatrist

(SPEECH)
DR. BRAD OLSON: Well, the most common is a sprain. And there are probably over three million sprains per year in the United States alone. And that's just the ones that come in for treatment. TRACY BRIGGS: Dr. Brad Olson, a podiatrist at Essentia Health in Fargo, explains that strains happen when ligaments are torn. And he says, ankle injuries are most common among young people. DR. BRAD OLSON: A sprain is a torn ligament. So this would be the most common sprain. If your ankle were to turn this way, this ligament here and this ligament down here get torn. TRACY BRIGGS: Dr. Olson says, most sprains will become swollen and purple, but if you can walk on it, you can begin treatment at home. DR. BRAD OLSON: Essentially, you want to rest it, elevate it, put a compression wrap on it, put some cold on it. And just stay off of it for a few days.

(DESCRIPTION)
Tracy Briggs, Essentia Health Medical Insight Host

(SPEECH)
TRACY BRIGGS: But when is it more than a sprain? Dr. Olson says, if you can't put weight on it, see a doctor.

(SPEECH)
DR. BRAD OLSON: Usually if you go into the emergency department, we're going to get some x-rays and determine whether it's dislocated or if it needs to be reduced, or otherwise pulled back into place partly.

(SPEECH)
TRACY BRIGGS: During regular clinic hours, you can call the clinic directly and see an Essentia Health podiatrist quickly and easily. The next steps depend on the fracture and swelling.

(SPEECH)
DR. BRAD OLSON: I think the one thing to keep in mind is that most people say, well, it's just a sprain. Well, you know, if you have a sprain that is not getting better, you know, months on end-- you should come in. Because there are other things that can get injured with a sprain that people may not be aware of.

(SPEECH)
TRACY BRIGGS: With this Essentia Health Medical Insight, I'm Tracy Briggs.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

(DESCRIPTION)
The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Essentia Health Medical Insight

Conditions Treated

See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.

Conditions

Conservative Foot Care

Whenever possible, your treatment starts with conservative, nonsurgical services, such as:

  • Casts and braces – Protect an injured foot or ankle and keep it still so it can heal
  • Custom-made orthotics – Pain-relieving shoe inserts designed just for your feet
  • Physical therapy – Exercises that help the foot or ankle move better, gain strength, and feel more comfortable
  • Steroid injections – Deliver medicine directly to a painful spot in the foot

If conservative care isn’t right for your condition, your podiatrist may perform surgery.

The Best Treatment After an Ankle Injury

Learn how ankle injuries happen, how to prevent them, and what you can do if you injure your ankle.

What Is the Best Treatment After an Ankle Injury? Video Transcript

[MUSIC PLAYING]

(DESCRIPTION)
The Essentia Health Logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. A lens flare moves across the text. Text, Essentia Health.

(SPEECH)
DR. ANDREW MOEN: My name is Andrew Moen. I'm a podiatrist at Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. I got into podiatry after sustaining a few injuries during my high school and collegiate track and cross country career. It's been really fun working with some of the athletes, whether competitive or recreational, to get people back moving again.

(DESCRIPTION)
Text, How do ankle injuries occur? Essentia Health.

(SPEECH)
Ankle injuries can occur anytime we have an inversion injury where the foot rolls underneath the ankle or the foot is planted and the ankle rolls over the top.

(DESCRIPTION)
He demonstrates with model of foot bones

(SPEECH)
Some common ways that we sprain her ankles are either basketball or running around on the turf, but also stepping off of curves, slipping on ice, your run of the mill grocery store injuries.

(DESCRIPTION)
Text, What's the best treatment after an ankle injury? Essentia Health.

(SPEECH)
The best thing you can do after sustaining an ankle injury, regardless of a fracture or a sprain, is to perform the RICE technique of rest, ice, compress, and elevate. The goal is to get the inflammation and the swelling out as fast as possible for the best recovery. The difference between a fracture and a sprain really isn't that dramatic. We treat them very, very similarly. If a person really isn't able to walk on it, I'd really recommend coming and seeing one of us.

(DESCRIPTION)
How can ankle injuries be prevented? Essentia Health.

(SPEECH)
Preventing ankle injuries is a little bit difficult as they occur from an injury. But there are a few things that we can do to prevent these from occurring, and one is to have a good strong ankle. And we do a lot of these things called proprioceptive training, which is working on our balance. And so a lot of the things from yoga and other balance type exercises that we'd work on in physical therapy can be done at home. A lot of the new workout techniques and the work out videos have excellent balance and proprioceptive receptive training techniques.

(DESCRIPTION)
The Essentia Health Logo appears. It consists of three leaves in a circle. A lens flare moves across the text. Text, Essentia Health. Here with you.

Children's Foot Health

Concerned your child's feet don't look right? Do you think your child isn't walking right? Learn what to look for and when to see a doctor.

Medical Insight: Pediatric Podiatry Video Transcript

[MUSIC PLAYING]

(DESCRIPTION)
The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Essentia Health. Medical Insight. A still photograph of a parent holding a child's feet in their palm toward the camera, followed by photos of parents helping their children take their first steps.

(SPEECH)
TRACY BRIGGS: It's one of the biggest moments in a child or parent's life-- the day your son or daughter takes their very first step. Along with the excitement of walking come some new worries for parents, not only what in the world will they get into now, but are they walking correctly, or could their new gait lead to other issues? Essentia Health podiatrist Dr. Robert Renschler says it makes sense to pay close attention to your child's feet.

(DESCRIPTION)
Dr. Robert Renschler, podiatrist, speaks to the camera. He sits in a patient examination room.

(SPEECH)
ROBERT RENSCHLER: It's very similar to the foundation of a house. Everything starts at the base. So if your base is off a little bit, everything else up the kinetic chain creates more stress and abnormalities, causing more pain. TRACY BRIGGS: From their earliest days in the crib playing "This Little Piggy," parents notice the shape of a child's foot and wonder if their baby's foot looks the way it should.

(DESCRIPTION)
Various images of toddlers' feet are displayed.

(SPEECH)
ROBERT RENSCHLER: Children typically start out with more of a flat foot. That's perfectly normal. 90% of kids will grow out of it by the age of 3. Typically, it's not a big concern unless they're having some type of pain with activity. Then it's a good idea to bring them in and have them evaluated. TRACY BRIGGS: Dr. Renschler says the pain typically comes from fallen arches on the middle part of the foot. That can be improved with over-the-counter arch supports or orthotics and wearing a good shoe. In addition to concerns over flat feet, some parents are concerned that their children walk with their toes facing in, what used to be called pigeon-toed. Dr. Renschler says it's natural for kids to have a little in-toeing, but most will outgrow it as they age. But when in doubt, he says, give them a call. ROBERT RENSCHLER: Usually, I tell parents to come in and see us when there's any type of concern, even if it's for reassurance. That's always a good thing to have, because sometimes there is stuff that we can do, little things-- over-the-counter orthotics, shoes, modifications, activity, sometimes physical therapy-- that can help prevent conditions or pain down the road. TRACY BRIGGS: With this Essentia Health Medical Insight, I'm Tracy Briggs.

(DESCRIPTION)
The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Essentia Health. Medical Insight.

Make an Appointment

Schedule a Virtual Visit
Schedule Visit
Schedule by Phone
Monday - Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
844-663-1068

Like most websites, we use cookies and other technologies to keep our website reliable, secure, and to better understand how our site is used. By using our site, you agree to our use of these tools. Learn more.