If you’ve ever wondered exactly what a podiatrist does, this is the blog for you! We’re taking this week to discuss the basics of podiatry and answer questions you might have, starting with the most basic:
What is a podiatrist?
A doctor who diagnoses and treats conditions primarily of the feet and ankles. The letters DPM mean your doctor has gone through years of training, learning all about the functions and structures of the feet and ankles.
What are a podiatrist’s qualifications?
Podiatrists go through training similar to other doctors. They have completed four years of education in a podiatric medical school and three additional years of hospital residency. Many podiatrists have additional training to specialize in things such as sports medicine, podiatric surgery, wound care, pediatrics, diabetic care, and more. These highly trained specialists are the most qualified health care professionals to care for your feet and ankles!
When and why should I visit a podiatrist?
If you’ve noticed pain in your feet and ankles, or if you have had sudden changes in the look or feel of those areas, you should make an appointment with a podiatrist. If you have a chronic medical condition that affects the feet such as diabetes or high blood pressure, it’s also important to see a podiatrist for regular foot checkups.
What things do podiatrists treat?
Podiatrists like our team here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers treat a myriad of issues. They can diagnose and treat issues such as:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Fungal Nails
- Athlete’s Foot
- Ingrown Toenails
- Diabetic Foot Issues
- Sports Injuries
- And SO MUCH more
What if I need surgery?
Podiatrists can also usually perform surgery on bones, ligaments, tendons, and joints of your feet and ankles. If conservative treatments don’t do the trick for things like bunions, neuromas, hammertoes, or other issues, surgery might be the next option.
Did this answer your podiatric ponderings? If you’ve got more questions or if you’re suffering from a foot or ankle issue, call us today! Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers provide the best in foot care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!