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According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are nearly 18,000 podiatrists currently practicing in the United States. A podiatrist is a specialized doctor who diagnoses and treats illnesses, deformities, and other conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. He or she is uniquely qualified to care for this part of your body.
When you see the letters DPM after your doctor’s name, it indicates that he or she is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and has completed years of challenging education and residency. Podiatric medical training is similar to the training of other doctors. Your podiatrist has completed four years of training in a podiatric medical school and followed it with three years of hospital residency. Some podiatrists have subspecialties, just like other doctors do. These can include foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics (children), and diabetic care. Without question, a podiatrist is the most qualified health care professional to care for your feet.
You should schedule an appointment to be seen by a podiatrist if there have been changes in the look or feel of your feet or if you are experiencing sudden or chronic foot and/or ankle pain. It’s also important to visit a podiatrist regularly for routine preventative care. This is critical if you have a chronic health condition such as Peripheral Arterial Disease, which can lead to problematic foot and ankle conditions.
- diabetic foot care
- skin conditions of the feet
- toenail fungus
- foot and ankle injuries
- heel pain/plantar fasciitis
- ingrown toenails
- corns and calluses
Podiatrists can usually perform surgery on the bones, ligaments, tendons and joints of the foot and ankle, depending on their certifications, state license, or credentials at a hospital. They often perform such surgeries as:
- plantar fascia release
- bunion correction
- ankle ligament reconstruction
- hammertoe reconstruction
- tarsal tunnel release
- excision of a neuroma
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A soft tissue biopsy is the removal and microscopic examination of a small sample of soft tissue for diagnostic purposes. Soft tissue includes the skin, fat, muscle, and tendons, that surround, connect, or support other tissues or organs.
Soft tissue biopsies require little time or involvement from the patient. They enable the foot and ankle surgeon to reach an accurate diagnosis and determine the best treatment for the specific condition.
A wide variety of medical conditions can be identified through a soft tissue biopsy. Some people think the word biopsy means that cancer is always suspected, but this is not true. In fact, premalignant or malignant conditions account for only a small percentage of the diagnoses made from soft tissue biopsies.
A few examples of conditions assessed through soft tissue biopsies include:
- Freckles (macules)
- Benign pigmented, or colored, spots (moles or nevus)
- Fungal or bacterial infections.
- Rashes (such as eczema or dermatitis)
- Lesions related to a disease affecting the entire body (such as diabetes)
- Nodular conditions (such as a ganglion cyst, lipoma, or fibroma)
- Toenail conditions (onychomycosis, psoriasis)
- Wart-like growths on the skin (benign keratoses)
- Premalignant conditions (actinic and seborrheic keratoses)
- Malignant conditions (skin cancer)
A biopsy involves removal of a small piece of tissues, and takes just a few minutes. The procedure performed will depend on the tissue to be sampled. After numbing the area, the surgeon performs one of the following:
- Shave biopsy. A thin piece of tissue is shaved off.
- Punch biopsy. A small, round instrument removes a tiny core of tissue. Stitches may be needed.
- Incisional or excisional biopsy. A piece, or the entire lesion, is removed. Stitches are often needed.
Once the sample is obtained, the surgeon sends it to a clinical laboratory so that the condition can be identified. The specimen will be examined by a pathologist who specializes in evaluating soft tissue biopsies.
Patients should follow the instructions provided by the surgeon for care of the biopsy site. If the area has stitches, an appointment will be scheduled for their removal.
It usually takes several days for the lab results to arrive at the surgeon's office. If the patient has not heard about the results after 10 days, the surgeon's office should be contacted. Biopsy results, as well as additional treatment that may be required, will then be discussed.