Podiatry Specialist

Ani Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics, Spine & Podiatry Practice located in Hazlet, Old Bridge, & Middletown, NJ

By the time you reach age 50, you’ve likely walked about 75,000 miles on your feet. Between normal wear and tear, sports activities, and poor-fitting shoes, you may need medical care to keep your feet in shape. As a podiatrist, Ian R. Hersh, DPM, FACFAS, at Ani Orthopaedics in Hazlet and Old Bridge, New Jersey, specializes in treating every type of foot and ankle problem. If you experience foot or ankle pain or develop limited mobility, call Ani Orthopaedics or schedule an appointment online today.

Podiatry Q & A

What is a podiatrist?

Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating problems that affect your foot, ankle, and the structures in your lower leg that communicate with your ankle. As a doctor of podiatric medicine, Dr. Hersh has extensive training and experience providing custom orthotics as well as a full range of medical treatments, including surgery when needed to repair tissues and correct deformities.

What conditions are commonly treated by podiatrists?

Podiatrists treat every type of foot and ankle problem, from calluses and strains to sport injuries and complex problems requiring reconstructive surgery. The following are only a few examples of the conditions frequently treated by Dr. Hersh:

  • Bunions
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Hammertoe
  • Achilles tendon injury
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle sprain
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures

After diagnosing your condition, Dr. Hersh starts your treatment with the most conservative options such as rest, modifying your activities, physical therapy, medications, and orthotics. When surgery is needed, you can count on his experience performing arthroscopic and open surgeries.

When should I see a podiatrist?

Your feet and ankles are complex structures that bear the weight of your body, absorb shock, and propel you forward every time you take a step. Whether you’re involved in intense physical activities or you walk a lot over the course of a normal day, your feet suffer significant stress that makes them vulnerable to injuries and degenerative diseases.

For some foot problems, it’s obvious you need medical attention. Other times you might be able to tolerate the symptoms, so you may put off seeing a podiatrist. The thing to remember is that many foot and ankle symptoms, including those that seem bearable, require medical care to prevent the problem from worsening.

The following are red flags that it’s time to see a podiatrist:

  • Symptoms of a sprain or fracture (pain, swelling, bruising, inability to bear weight)
  • Difficulty walking or limited movement
  • Persistent pain in your foot or ankle
  • Burning, tingling, or numbness
  • Deformity of your foot or ankle
  • Ulcers or sores that don’t heal
  • Foot pain after standing
  • Abnormal growth or bump

When you develop pain, weakness, or swelling in your foot or ankle, call Ani Orthopaedics or schedule an appointment using online booking.