Podiatry at Fall River Health Services: Why Is Podiatry Care Important?

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. — For a small, independent hospital, Fall River Health Services has a lot to offer its patients, including specialty services like podiatry care. Dr. Sylvia Trotter, DPM, a podiatry specialist, joined the Fall River Health Services team in December 2020. The addition of Dr. Trotter to the Fall River Health Services team has been great for the Hot Springs community, as locals can now conveniently receive podiatry care—something they would otherwise have to travel to receive.

Dr. Trotter is passionate about bringing solutions and options to her patients and believes that working in a rural setting allows for a more integrated approach to healthcare.

“My experience has been that people in rural areas tend to be more independent, but they want information to make decisions. And one of the things that I really pride myself on and enjoy doing is trying to help patients understand what’s going on with whatever’s wrong with their foot and allow the patient to decide what option they want to choose for treatment,” said Dr. Trotter.

Her passion for rural healthcare comes from the time she spent practicing in Wyoming. Unfortunately, her husband was diagnosed with cancer, which pulled her family to a more metropolitan area for his continued care. After his passing and her children growing up, she made the decision to move back into rural health and ultimately deciding the Black Hills would be her new home.

Podiatry is a medical specialty that treats problems that affect the feet and lower legs. Foot health is an often overlooked, but very important part of one’s overall health. “If someone has foot pain, it’s not uncommon that their physical and mental health will suffer because they can’t get out and exercise. Maybe their blood pressure will go up,” said Dr. Trotter.

With more serious foot-related issues such as infections, people’s lives can be threatened. “We take feet for granted when they’re functioning well, but when they’re not functioning well, they can really impact health in a lot of ways,” said Dr. Trotter

Common issues that Dr. Trotter treats include a variety of toenail problems, soft tissue lumps and bumps, foot pain, mild strains and injuries, skin rashes, diabetic sores, arthritis, and gout. If someone has an uncomplicated fracture, that can also be treated by Dr. Trotter at Fall River Health Services.

Dr. Trotter estimates that about half of the foot complaints patients visit her for are related to poor footwear. She sees it all: shoes that are too tight, too narrow, too curved, too flexible, not supportive enough, or inappropriate for a particular activity. Wearing supportive shoes doesn’t have to be a fashion death sentence, either. “The shoe market has expanded and there are more and more shoes available that have good support and a little more space in the toe box, without being orthopedic,” said Dr. Trotter.

If you’re unsure what type of shoe you should be wearing, Dr. Trotter can examine your feet and determine what type of shoe would be best for your unique needs.

Your feet are the foundation that supports the rest of your body, yet they often don’t receive the care and attention they need and deserve. If foot pain or another foot-related issue is interfering with your ability to do what you want and need to do in life, take the time to get your feet professional attention.

For more information about the podiatry services offered at Fall River Health Services or to schedule an appointment, call 605.745.8910 or visit their website at https://www.frhssd.org/.

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