A Podiatrist vs An Orthopedic Surgeon

Orthopedic Surgeons vs Podiatrist

Are you seeing an Orthopedic Surgeon for your foot and ankle pains?

If you are experiencing foot and ankle pain, you may not know where to turn – orthopedics or podiatry? Although podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons treat many of the same conditions, the training for each specialty is different. While orthopedist treat and manage the musculoskeletal system in the entire body, podiatrists focus only on the treatment of foot and ankle conditions. There are a lot of similarities between the two professions, but if you have foot or ankle pain, it is recommended and advisable to see a podiatrist instead of an orthopedist.

Orthopedists (Orthopedic Surgeons)

Orthopedics is the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of injuries and diseases throughout your entire musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons have an intensive medical background, but they spend less time specifically learning about feet. Typically, an orthopedic surgeon is primarily a surgeon and their approach to foot care usually focuses primarily on surgery.


A podiatrist has specialized training to treat disorders of the foot and ankle both conservatively and surgically. From day one of podiatric medical school and residency, a podiatrist’s emphasis is on the foot and ankle. Their entire education is the study of medicine as it relates to feet. As a result, a podiatrist is extremely well trained in biomechanics and proper foot balance and therefore well equipped to fit orthotics, custom shoes, and a variety of braces. If you are experiencing foot pain, a podiatrist is best equipped to get to the root cause of the problem, address the issue, and also prevent reoccurrences. The following are conditions commonly treated by podiatrists:

  • Ankle and heel pain
  • Amputation prevention
  • Arthritis, instability, pain, joint diseases
  • Calluses and ingrown toenails
  • Children’s foot problems
  • Deformities of the feet (bunions, hammertoes)
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Fallen arches
  • Heel pain, bone spurs, neuromas and plantar fasciitis
  • Limb salvage and prevention
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Sports foot injuries

Corona Foot and Ankle Doctors

Of course, a patient should always choose a specialist in whom they are completely confident and comfortable. At Corona Foot and Ankle, our team is professional, experienced, and dedicated to providing comprehensive podiatric services.


Doctor Arti AminDr. Arti C. Amin is an expert and accomplished Podiatrist who specializes in the conservative and surgical management of the foot and ankle, including wound management. Her focus is on getting to the root of the problem and preventing recurrence. Dr. Amin spent one year at LAC/USC hospital followed by a surgical residency program in Southern California. She is board certified by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry in foot and ankle surgery, primary podiatric medicine, and prevention and treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. Dr. Amin’s professional associations include the American Podiatric Medical Association, the California Podiatric Medical Association, and the American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics.



Dr. Caitlyn Lee, Podiatrist at Corona Foot and Ankle

Dr. Caitlyn Lee completed a three-year comprehensive surgical residency at Emory Decatur Hospital (PMSR/RRA) and the Podiatry Institute in Atlanta, Georgia where she received extensive training in foot and ankle surgery and served as chief resident. She is well-versed in all areas of forefoot reconstruction, rear-foot and ankle pathology, including trauma, elective reconstruction in both adults and pediatrics and limb salvage. Dr. Lee is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and board qualified with the American Board of Podiatric Surgery in forefoot and rear-foot surgery.

At Corona Foot and Ankle our podiatrists are equipped with the latest information, years of experience treating a wide range of foot and ankle issues, innovative technology, and a dedication to healing and prevention. We can treat everything from minor wart issues and preventative foot care in children, to limb salvage and major wound care. If you are experiencing any foot or ankle pain, or are a diabetic looking to develop a comprehensive foot care, contact us here now.


There is a lot of value to visit with us instead of an orthopedics doctor. Why don’t you take the time to get a second opinion today? We might just get to the root cause of your problem a lot more efficiently. We serve patients throughout the Inland Empire, Orange County, San Diego, and The Greater Los Angeles Area.

Our dedicated staff at Corona Foot and Ankle is committed to your wellness during this difficult time during the pandemic which is why our facility now offers remote health appointments in addition to in-person treatment. Visit our COVID-19 telehealth informational page to read more.






A Podiatrist vs An Orthopedic Surgeon
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A Podiatrist vs An Orthopedic Surgeon
Do you understand the difference between an orthopedic surgeon and a podiatrist? There are a lot of similarities between the two professions, but if you have foot or ankle pain, it is recommended and advisable to see a podiatrist instead of an orthopedist.
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