What is a Podiatrist?

A Podiatrist, also called a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine or Foot and Ankle Physician/Surgeon, is a specialist who provides medical diagnosis and both non-surgical and surgical treatment of foot and ankle problems, such as bunions, heel pain, spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns, and calluses. A podiatrist also renders care of sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle, and heel. In addition to undergraduate school, Podiatrists also attend graduate medical school for a doctorate degree in podiatry (DPM). Podiatrists are required to attend a 3-year Residency, and many go on to pursue Fellowships in advanced reconstructive surgery, sports medicine, or Diabetic limb salvage. Podiatrists are required to take state and national exams, as well as be licensed by the state in which they practice.

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are an estimated 15,000 practicing podiatrists in the United States. Podiatrists are in demand more than ever today because of a rapidly aging population and the increased prevalence of Diabetes. In addition, according to the association, foot disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems affecting people in this country.

Typically, podiatrists:

  • Consult with patients and other physicians on how to prevent foot problems.
  • Diagnose and treat tumors, ulcers, fractures, skin and nail diseases, and deformities.
  • Work in private offices, in public health clinics, and in hospitals.
  • Perform surgeries to correct or remedy such problems as bunions, claw toes, fractures, hammertoes, flat feet, infections, ruptured Achilles, and other ligaments and tendons.
  • Prescribe therapies and perform diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and lab tests.
  • Prescribes or fits patients with inserts called orthotics that correct walking patterns.
  • Treat conditions such as: bone disorders, bunions, corns, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails, and plantar fasciitis.
Office Hours
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: Hospital/Surgery
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

 

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