A podiatrist, also called a doctor of podiatric medicine, is a specialist who provides medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, such as bunions, heel pain, spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns and calluses. A podiatrist also renders care of sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle and heel. In addition to undergraduate medical school training, podiatrists also attend graduate school for a doctorate degree in podiatry. 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 disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems affecting people in this country.
- Driver’s License or a valid state ID
- Insurance information
- All pertinent x-ray reports and test results from your primary care or referring physician
- A list of all medications that you are currently taking
- A list of any known drug allergies and the symptoms you may have from taking these medicines
- If you have had surgery elsewhere, please bring a copy of your operation report.
During your initial visit, the doctor will explain the specific procedure you want, help you visualize the results, and go over the risks. A physical examination may be done and you may be asked several questions. Once any tests are complete, he will decide your diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
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Dawn was very thorough and did a wonderful job explaining my treatment options! Dawn also had to fix an issue a previous podiatrist ignored, so I am truly thankful for seeing Dawn!"
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My friend recommended I come to see this doctor for my heel pain. My past food doctor wasn’t helping me cure my pain. I called today and got appointment the same day. She even stayed after hours for me."
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