What is a Podiatrist

What is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist, also called a doctor of podiatric medicine, is a specialist who provides medical and surgical treatment of foot and ankle problems, such as bunions, heel pain, spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, and warts. A podiatrist also renders care of sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries of the ankle and foot. In addition to undergraduate college, podiatrists also attend medical school for podiatry obtaining a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. 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. Podiatrists are in demand more than ever today because of a rapidly aging population. In addition, according to the association,  foot and ankle 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, skin and nail diseases, and deformities.
     
  • Perform surgeries to correct or remedy such problems as bunions, fractures, hammertoes, infections,  Achilles tendon injuries, and other ligaments and tendons.
     
  • Prescribe therapies and perform diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and lab tests.
     
  • Prescribe or fits patients with inserts called orthotics and braces that correct walking patterns.
     
  • Treat conditions such as: bone disorders, bunions, corns, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails, and plantar fasciitis.


For more information on our podiatrists in the Plainville, Danbury, and New Milford, CT area call Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut, P.C. today!