Podiatry (or podiatric medicine) is the study, diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and parts of the leg.
Podiatrists are Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). Their education follows a similar path of a traditional Medical Doctor (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), which includes:
- Four years of undergraduate work.
- Followed by four years in an accredited podiatric medical school.
- Followed by a three- or four-year hospital-based surgical residency.
RESPONSIBILITIES PODIATRISTS PERFORM
- Do physical examinations.
- Take medical histories.
- Order and evaluate ultrasounds, X-rays, MRIs, and other diagnostic images.
- Prescribe medications.
- Diagnose and treat injuries.
- Diagnose disorders.
- Set fractures.
- Perform reconstructive surgery and microsurgery.
- Fit orthotics, insoles, casts, and prosthetics.
- Perform or prescribe physical therapy.
CONDITIONS PODIATRISTS TREAT
Podiatrists treat people for many foot-related conditions, including:
- Abnormal Growths.
- Achilles Tendinitis.
- Arch Pain.
- Athlete’s Foot.
- Diabetic Foot Care, Infection Management, and Amputation Prevention.
- Diabetic Foot Ulcers.
- Fallen Arches.
- Flat Feet.
- Foot Deformities.
- Foot Fractures.
- Fractures and Sprains.
- Fungal Toenail Infections.
- Hammer Toe.
- Heel Pain.
- Heel Spurs.
- Ingrown Toenails.
- Injuries and Breaks.
- Morton’s Neuroma.
- Other Neuromas (pinched nerves).
- Plantar Fasciitis.
- Plantar Warts.
- Sports Injuries.
They also treat people with these symptoms:
- Arch pain.
- Cracked heels.
- Cracks or cuts on the feet.
- Excessive sweating.
- Foot pain.
- Growths-like warts.
- Heel pain.
- Nerve damage.
- Numbness and tingling.
- Other skin and nail conditions.
- Scaling or peeling on your soles.
- Thick or discolored toenails.
The podiatrists at Florida Orthopaedic Institute can not only diagnose and treat existing foot and ankle conditions but can also address any underlying health issues that may be causing the symptoms. They can also help prevent future foot pain and injuries to which you may be susceptible.
Instead of attempting to self-treat your foot condition at home, hoping it will resolve itself, make an appointment today. Our podiatrists can determine what is causing your foot and ankle problem to address it successfully. You don’t have to accept your foot condition as something you have to live with, or that treatment isn’t possible or practicable.