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What is a Podiatrist?

Podiatric medicine is that profession of the health sciences concerned with diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the human foot, ankle, and their governing and related structures, including the leg. The skills of podiatric physicians are in increasing demand. The growing epidemics of diabetes and obesity and their concurrent complications are among the many reasons why podiatric physicians are necessary members of America's healthcare team. When faced with a problem related to your foot or ankle, the Podiatrist is your first line of offense in getting proper treatment. If another member of the health care team is necessary, a referral will be made to the appropriate specialist. So remember call us first for your feet!

A Podiatrist, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), is the only health care professional whose total training focuses on the foot, ankle and related body systems. After obtaining an undergraduate degree, the podiatric doctor spends four years in a college of podiatric medicine to obtain a doctorate degree. Many podiatrists further their education by participating in a post-graduate residency program at an approved hospital or university. Following their doctorate degree, each podiatrist must pass national and state examinations in order to be licensed by the state in which he or she will practice.

The podiatric physician cares for people of all ages. Common disorders of feet include bunions, heel pain/spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns, calluses, sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries. If your podiatric surgeon is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, he or she has successfully completed a credentialing and examination process and has demonstrated knowledge of podiatric surgery. This includes the diagnosis of general medical problems and surgical management of foot diseases, deformities, and trauma of the foot, ankle and related structures.

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