What are Podiatrists?

Podiatry pertains to the medical care of the human foot, specifically the examination, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders and other supporting structures of the leg. Podiatric medicine is also a significant aspect of the medical sciences devoted to the study of human mobility. A podiatrist, also known as a DPM, has been around since the early 20th century ­ even when advances for lower extremities did not exist. Podiatrists have the ability to specialize different fields of podiatric medicine such as sports medicine, diabetes care, wound care, pediatrics, and even surgery.

anatomy-of-the-toenailPodiatrists are the most qualified medical professionals when it comes to caring for your feet and ankles. Our Podiatric clinicians have finished four years of training from a specific institution specializing in foot care alongside three years of hospital training. Podiatry solutions can range from non­invasive shoe inserts, preventative care, orthotics, or surgical procedures. The feet are complex extremities and remember, your ankles support your entire body. This anatomical region is an important aspect of mobility which is why we spend an immense amount of time training and expanding our knowledge of podiatric medicine.

What do our Foot and Ankle Specialists Do?

Our clinical podiatrists can basically treat any type of medical abnormality of the foot. This can include lower limb dermatology and skin concerns, sports medicine, toenail problems, sprains, strains, wounds, and other complicated surgical problems. Some common examples include bunions, warts, calluses, corns, hangnails, heel pain, pain in your arch, shin splints, hammertoes, fractures or breaks, neuromas, and other trauma or infections.

Most of the time, our podiatrists (DPM’s) uncover serious health concerns that often times go unnoticed. Diseases, such as arthritis, diabetes, kidney or heart disease, tend to begin showcasing symptoms in the lower extremities first. This is where a routine visit to your podiatrist can change your life. The best part about our foot and ankle specialists is their ability to examine, diagnose, or treat you in multiple settings. MD24 Clinicians can visit with you in your home, on­the­go, at one of our clinics, or via telemedicine video technology. Ask one of our medical assistants for more information about the future of healthcare in relation to podiatric medicine.

When should you call one of our podiatrists?

  • Your primary care provider recommends it.
  • You have severe blisters, scaling, cracking, or peeling on your feet.
  • A bacterial infection or an ulcer that won’t heal properly.
  • Constant pain in your feet, ankles, or both.
  • Noticeable change to your nails, skin, or your toenail is causing discomfort or pain.
  • You have heel pain alongside a redness, tingling, numbness, and/or a fever.
  • Severe athlete’s foot or a bacterial infection caused by diabetes.

Have any questions about “podiatry diseases”. Call MD24 House Call (888-632-4758) to schedule an appointment and begin improving what you see and how you see it!

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