Q How is a podiatrist different from a physician?
Physicians are medical doctors with education and training in all the systems of the body. They may specialize in one or more branches of medicine. A podiatrist is also a physician, but is a specialist in treating all conditions of the foot and ankle. Also called a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), a podiatrist receives a doctoral degree in podiatric medicine. A podiatrist is a health care professional that has had specific education and training on the anatomy, conditions and injuries of feet, ankles and the lower extremity as a whole.
Your feet are the foundation of your body and the bottom line is that healthy feet need a podiatrist. There are many conditions of the foot and ankle that need to be cared for by a specialist such as a podiatrist. Some of these conditions would include:
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Heel pain
- Achilles tendonitis
- Fungal infections
- Ingrown toenails
Your feet do not need to hurt to benefit from seeing a podiatrist. Many conditions caught early can be treated before they worsen, avoiding painful symptoms and possible surgery. If you have diabetes, it is very important that a podiatrist be a part of your health care team as well.
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