What Exactly Does A Podiatrist Do And When Do You Need To See One?
A podiatrist is a specialist who provides medical diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of foot and ankle problems.
A podiatrist completes undergraduate medical school training as well as graduate school for a doctorate degree in podiatry. Podiatrists are required to take state and national exams and be licensed by the state in which they practice.
Some things podiatrists typically do are:
- Diagnose and treat foot and ankle problems, including deformities, diseases, injuries, and foot and ankle conditions.
- Perform surgeries for foot and ankle problems.
- Prescribe therapies and perform diagnostic procedures, such as ultrasound and lab tests.
- Prescribe or fit patients with custom orthotics.
- Consult with patients and other physicians on how to prevent foot problems.
According the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are an estimated 15,000 practicing podiatrists in the United States.
Some reasons you should consult a podiatrist include: if you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, if you notice any changes in the nails or skin on your feet, if you have any signs of bacterial infection on your feet, toes, or nails, or if you suffer an injury to your toes, feet or ankles.
Podiatrists can also teach you how to take care of your feet, whether you suffer from a condition such as diabetes that requires more care and attention or you just need to know the basic foot care guidelines, your podiatrist is there to help.
For more information about podiatrists, you can watch our video What Is The Difference Between A Podiatrist And An Orthopedic Surgeon?
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