A podiatrist is a medical professional who specializes in disorders of the foot and ankle. Some of the disorders they treat are blisters, breaks, bunions, corns, calluses, deformities and more. A Doctorate of Podiatric Medicines must be earned in order to practice as a podiatrist. These degrees are also known as their “DPM”. In the United States, there is only a small number of colleges that provide a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine. These schools are competitive and only admit the best of the best.
Why Choose a Podiatrist?
Choosing a podiatrist is similar to choosing a mechanic to fix your car. The mechanic usually works on certain brands of cars and not on other brands. This is because it is their specialty. Like a mechanic, a podiatrist must have the most knowledge about the foot and ankle. Podiatrists focus solely on your feet and ankles and keep up with all the latest research and treatments for them.
If you are experiencing pain or notice your feet look or feel funny, it is important to contact a podiatrist right away. Breaks, fungus, blisters, and swelling are all other reasons why you should contact a podiatrist. If you are unsure whether you need to contact a podiatrist or not, first contact your primary care physician who can refer you to a podiatrist as needed.
What Types of Treatments do they use?
The type of treatment a podiatrist uses all depends on the patient and their needs. Your podiatrist will collect your medical history, your concerns, and examine your foot. Once all tests, examinations, x-rays, and other procedures are done and a diagnosis has occurred, then a treatment will be decided on a case by case basis.
How do I find a Podiatrist?
- Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC– We are located all over Connecticut including Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, Kensington. There Dr. Jeffrey Kahn will examine, diagnosis and treat your ailment.
- Google – Just type in Podiatrist and many options will appear on your screen
- Primary Care Physician – ask your primary care doctor for a referral
- Insurance – Your insurance provider will have a list of podiatrists that are covered by your insurance