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What is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist, also called a doctor of podiatric medicine, is a specialist who provides medical diagnosis and 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 medical school training, podiatrists also attend graduate school for a doctorate degree in podiatry. 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. 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 such as fungus toenails and other foot deformities.

  • Perform surgeries to correct or remedy such problems as bunions, bone spurs, fractures, hammertoes, infections, ruptured Achilles, and other ligaments and tendons.

  • Prescribe therapies and perform diagnostic procedures such as digital x-ray, MRI, ultrasound, and laboratory tests.

  • Fits patients with custom molded or pre-fabricated inserts called orthotics that help to correct walking patterns and alleviate painful symptoms.

  • Treat conditions such as: plantar fasciitis, bunions, corns & calluses, ganglionic cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails and bone disorders.

     

     

Aabha M. Suchak, DPM, AACFAS, CWS
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Treating all foot conditions, specializing in Wound Care and Foot Surgery