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
Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC is Connecticut’s preferred destination for foot and ankle care. Every day, Jeffrey Kahn, DPM and the friendly, professional staff see people just like you. Whether you have a specific concern in need of in need of diagnosis and treatment, or you simply want to maintain the good health of your feet and ankles, we’re here to help. Click here to schedule an appointment in one of our convenient offices in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington.