If you have an orthopedic condition or are recovering from orthopedic surgery, you may benefit from working with a local podiatrist (sometimes called a foot doctor) A local podiatrist is a physician who focuses on conditions of the feet, ankle and lower leg, from hammer toes and ingrown toenails to plantar fasciitis. Some of the orthopedic conditions a local podiatrist may treat include ankle injuries such as sprains and fractures, foot conditions such as diabetic neuropathy, bunions, arthritis and foot and toe blisters. A local podiatrist may prescribe medications, fit you for bracing or orthotics, perform plantar wart removal or perform surgery. Your local family physician can refer you to a local podiatrist if they feel you may benefit from working with one to manage your orthopedic condition. Depending on your orthopedic condition, your local podiatrist may work with other healthcare providers on your team, including your local orthopedic surgeon, kinesiologist, massage therapist, personal trainer and athletic therapist.