WHAT IS A PODIATRIST?
Podiatrists specialize in medical and surgical care of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. They must have a doctor of podiatric medicine (D.P.M.) degree from a college of podiatric medicine followed by a 3-year residency in foot and ankle surgery. Podiatrists are sometimes referred to as foot doctors, foot and ankle surgeons, or podiatric surgeons. They must pass written and oral board examinations and must obtain a state license to practice podiatric medicine. Podiatrists work in private practices, hospitals, and clinics, and may become professors at colleges of podiatric medicine, department chiefs, and hospital administrators.
FOOT AND ANKLE EXAMS
The evaluation of every foot or ankle condition begins with a thorough examination of the systems at work in the lower leg. The physicians at Family Foot and Ankle Clinic examine the foot and evaluate the musculoskeletal structure, blood supply, sensory systems, and the skin. Tests performed at the clinic include x-rays, tissue cultures and biopsies. The physicians may order more advanced imaging including MRI, CT, ultrasounds, nerve conduction tests, and other exams at outpatient imaging centers. Then the patient’s history, physical exam and imaging results are used to create a working diagnosis to direct the treatment course.
NO REFERRAL NEEDED
Are your feet are bothering you? Give us a call, we accept most insurances and no doctor referral is needed.