We’re dedicated to providing total foot and ankle care, from your first check in, all the way through your recovery process with physical therapy. We believe that we can provide the best treatment by offering complete podiatric services, all in house. Each step of our care is directly focused on what we do best – helping patients regain full foot and ankle health.
Before we discuss why a person should see a podiatrist, let’s take a look at what podiatrists do. Podiatrists are medical professionals who specialise in treating conditions related to the foot, ankle and lower leg. You may also hear podiatrists referred to as Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), Podiatric Physicians or simply Foot Doctors. The last reference isn’t very accurate since the focus of their expertise covers much more than the foot. These specialised doctors help determine the best strategy for treating and recovering from all lower extremity medical conditions and injuries by conducting x-rays and lab tests, performing surgeries, prescribing medicines and orthotic devices, and much more.
Some of the medical conditions podiatrists treat include heel pain (plantar fasciitis), foot complications from diabetes, ankle and foot arthritis, nerve problems, tendonitis, hammertoes, flat feet, nail disorders, bunions, warts, fungus, fractures, and sprains. Given the amount of abuse our feet are subjected to in our daily lives, and considering that the human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles that are used every single day, it’s not surprising that many people suffer from some form of foot and ankle pain during their lives. It is in everyone’s best interest to take proper care of their feet and ankles; podiatrists are trained to do exactly that.
As the old adage goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Consulting with a podiatrist while your feet and ankles are still healthy is the best way to prevent paying a much greater price later on. A podiatrist can help you avoid developing foot, toe, nail and lower leg problems by reviewing your lifestyle, habits of physical activity and footwear, and then making recommendations that are custom tailored to your individual situation. Many people in pain would pay anything to make the discomfort go away, but most avoid taking the necessary steps to prevent the pain in the first place.
Most simply stated, if you answered ‘yes’ to this question, then you should consider seeing a podiatrist.