Whether we’re walking, running, jogging or riding a bike, our feet are under a lot of strain everyday. They constant carry our body weight, moving us around everywhere we go. So when our feet are injured, it is hard to ignore. Thankfully, for when an ailment concerns the feet, come to Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists to get the treatment you need.
What foot issues do podiatrists treat?
The field of podiatry is devoted to diagnosing, studying, and treating disorders of the ankle, foot, and lower legs. Podiatrists go to podiatry schools as opposed to traditional medical schools, so this is why they use the DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) rather than MD (Medical Doctor) title.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree, podiatry school includes four years of further training. During podiatry school, students study the workings of nerves, bones, and muscles in the lower extremities. Podiatry students also intensely study how to diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses related to feet and lower legs.
These are some of the conditions they treat:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Ankle Sprains
- Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care
- Athletes Foot
- Bunion Pain
- Diabetic Foot
- Flat Feet
- Fungal Toenails
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Geriatric Foot Care
- Hammertoe Pain
- Heel Spurs
- Ingrown Toenails
- Arch Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
When should I see a podiatrist?
Podiatrist help to address most foot and ankle problems that occur. These doctors understand the complexities of the lower legs and feet including bones, tendons, nerves, and ligaments.
If you have any of the following symptoms, consider working with one of the Podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists:
- Foot or Ankle Pain
- Cracks and Cuts in Your Skin
- Warts and Other Skin Growths
- Dry peeling skin on the sole of your foot
- Thick or Discolored Toenails
- Swelling or Inflammation
- Loss of Motion
- Bad Circulation
- Other Foot Deformities
Can you see a podiatrist without a referral?
Typically, you would see your primary care physician or a general practitioner if you have foot pain. A referral will be given to a trusted podiatrist if your primary care physician is unable to help you with your foot or ankle problems.
If you need management for your medical conditions or post-surgical care, podiatrists can also provide assistance. Such conditions can include sports injuries, biomechanics, pediatrics, diabetes, arthritis, and gerontology. Podiatrists can help with the diagnosis and correction of posture problems and gait and are able to prescribe corrective measures such as orthotics.
What will happen at my first podiatrist appointment?
A comprehensive assessment to find out exactly what a podiatrist can do to help solve your foot and ankle problem will happen at your first appointment. The podiatrist will go over your general foot health, details of past treatments, and problems you may have experienced. You will be asked if you have any allergies, are currently taking any medication, or if there is something the podiatrist should be aware of that has not been discussed.
Depending on their symptoms, the first visit will vary from person to person. You should ask as many questions as you like to get the best understanding of your condition and the treatment to follow.
If you or someone you know is experiencing foot or ankle pain, come to the experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists! Our team of kind and caring staff have the tools you need to walk easy again! Contact our office to talk with an expert today. To schedule an appointment at our clinic, visit us online or give us a call!