Trent Steenblock, DPM, podiatrist at Allina Medical Clinic in Northfield and Faribault, explains an X-ray of a patient’s foot. Steenblock provides foot and ankle care at both clinics and performs surgery at Northfield Hospital and District One Hospital in Faribault.
Putting your best foot forward
The health and comfort of your feet and ankles affect almost everything you do. Slamming on the brakes, getting a cup of coffee — the simplest things are difficult without functional, comfortable feet. Many people average 8,000 steps a day, with each step putting a force equal to two to three times their weight on their feet.
It’s no wonder your feet hurt sometimes. But don’t let foot pain go too long before getting it checked out.
What the pain means
"Foot or ankle pain that persists can cause other parts of your body to compensate for it, putting other joints out of alignment. Also, foot pain can be one of the early signs of diabetes, gout, arthritis and other conditions that affect your whole body," said Trent Steenblock, DPM, podiatrist and podiatric surgeon at Allina Medical Clinic in Northfield and Faribault. He also noted that what seems like just a sprain to a patient might have underlying fractures or tendon and ligament damage that need treatment.
As a podiatrist, Steenblock is trained to provide a full range of care for feet and ankles, ranging from simple solutions to complex surgeries. The most common ankle issues are sprains, Achilles tendon injuries, ankle fractures, and tendon and ligament injuries. Common causes of foot pain are bunions, hammer toes, nail problems, corns, calluses, warts, flat feet and infections. He treats many patients with diabetes, who are at risk for serious foot-related complications.
He starts with a medical history and examination of your foot and ankle, including injuries and other contributing factors. Sometimes an X-ray or MRI is required to complete a diagnosis. Both are available onsite at Allina Medical Clinic.
A treatment plan
After the problem is diagnosed, he works with you to create a treatment plan. "We always start with the most conservative treatments first, like using ice, rest, walking boots, braces, special shoes or orthotics," said Steenblock. "After exhausting those options, surgery may be required in some cases."
Steenblock performs ankle and foot surgery at Northfield Hospital and District One Hospital in Faribault. "My patients have been very satisfied with their experiences at both hospitals," he said. "Area residents can have the full range of foot and ankle treatment near home, without traveling to metro hospitals."