Understanding Podiatry

If your feet aren't happy, it's hard for the rest of you to be happy. If you are in need of podiatry care in Knoxville, TN, Dr. Timothy Gardner offers a full array of services to treat your feet and ankles. With the aging population, there is a greater need for podiatry care than ever before.

What is podiatry?

Podiatry is a medical specialty that treats conditions of the feet and ankles. The doctor is called a podiatrist. Podiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat a great many conditions and injuries that happen to the feet and ankles. They are able to perform surgery if it is necessary. The podiatry office has access to diagnostic tests such as ultrasounds and lab tests. They have the knowledge to help you to walk without pain. 

Conditions treated

The foot and ankle are complex and take a lot of stress from the body's entire weight. Many things can go wrong and require treatment. These are just a few things that may require podiatry treatment in Knoxville, TN. 

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes can cause foot problems in people who have the disease and, if left untreated, lead to further problems. Diabetics need to take very special care of their feet and should visit the podiatrist at least once a year. 


Bunions are an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe. They can cause the big toe to move and overlap the next toe. It may get to the point where it is painful to wear shoes or to walk. This is when treatment is required. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary, but there are many conservative options before surgery is required. 

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are painful and can become inflamed. They can be the result of the way you cut your toenails, but some toenails just grow in a way that makes this an ongoing condition, even in children. Soaking the foot is the first thing to do at home, but if this isn't helping, your podiatrist can help at their podiatry office in Knoxville, TN. 


Your podiatrist can measure your feet for custom orthotics which help to correct some conditions your feet may be suffering from. They fit inside your shoes and can help your feet to operate more efficiently. 

Dr. Gardner offers podiatry in Knoxville, TN. If you are suffering from any of the many issues that can affect your feet or ankles, contact the office to make an appointment. You can reach us at (865) 218-7474.

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