Podiatrist (Foot & Ankle Surgeon)

podiatrist A podiatrist, also called a doctor of podiatric medicine, is a physician and surgeon who specializes in the medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, such as ankle pain and instability such, bunions, heel pain, spurs, hammertoes, flatfeet, neuromas, ingrown toenails, corns and calluses. A podiatrist also diagnosis and treats sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle. In addition to an undergraduate degree, Podiatrists then attend medical school where they study general medicine and injury, diseases and deformities of the feet. Podiatrists then further their skills in residencies and fellowships as well as continuing education which is required for lisensure. Podiatrists can also qualify and become board certified in surgery or in primary care. Podiatrists are required to take state and national exams, as well as be licensed by the state in which they practice.

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are an estimated 15,000 practicing podiatrists in the United States. The Department of Labor has determined that there is a critical shortage of Podiatrists. Podiatrists are in demand more than ever today because of a rapidly aging population. In addition, according to the association, foot disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems affecting people in this country.

Typically, podiatrists:

  • Consult with patients and other physicians on how to prevent foot and ankle problems.
  • Diagnose and treat tumors, ulcers, fractures and all deformities of the foot and ankle.
  • Perform surgeries to correct or remedy for pediatric and adult deformities such as bunions, fractures, flat feet, hammertoes, infections, ankle arthroscopy, ruptured Achilles, and other ligaments and tendons.
  • Prescribe therapies, medications and perform diagnostic procedures such as x-rays, ultrasound and lab tests.
  • Prescribes or fits patients with inserts called orthotics that correct walking patterns.
  • Treat conditions such as: ankle instability, joint pain, flat feet, tendon tears, bone disorders, bunions, clubfoot, corns, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails, plantar fasciitis, biomechanical instabilities,

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