Yes there are significant differences between podiatrists and pedorthists in education, medical capabilities, and the scope of care and services they provide.

Podiatrists are physicians and surgeons who have achieved a bachelor’s degree, followed by four years of medical school to earn a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), and a minimum of three additional years in post-doctoral residency training. They are qualified and often board certified to make diagnoses, prescribe medicine, and conduct a variety of procedures and surgeries to heal as well as prevent foot and ankle conditions. Many podiatrists also prescribe custom orthotics to treat and prevent certain foot and ankle conditions, and correct gait abnormalities.

Pedorthists are professional healthcare workers with specialized training in modifying footwear, and using corrective footwear and supportive devices to address conditions affecting the feet and lower limbs. Along with receiving an approved pedorthic education, they are either certified, licensed, or registered.

You would benefit from podiatric services if you are afflicted with any foot or ankle condition or want to be proactive about your overall foot health to help avoid future problems. You may also want to seek the counsel of a podiatrist if your job requires standing for prolonged periods or are starting to run or engage in physical activity.

An appointment with a podiatrist should be scheduled as soon as possible if you experience any pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, or if any of the following situations pertain to you:

  • An injury has occurred involving your lower limbs, feet, or ankles
  • Pain (sudden or chronic) is present in your heels, balls of the feet, or anywhere in your feet or ankles
  • You notice a difference in the texture, color, or sensitivity in your skin and nails
  • The Skin on your feet, between your toes, or on your heels is cracked, scaling, peeling, itchy, or red
  • Blisters, corns, calluses, bunions, or warts are present on your feet
  • An open wound or ulcer is anywhere on your foot
  • You have diabetes, arthritis, or any disease that affects circulation, nerve damage, or the joints
  • Your toenail (or toenails) is growing into your skin, or is discolored, thickened, crumbly, or causing discomfort
  • You have limited or no mobility

Just like any visit to a doctor, your medical history and any prior surgeries will be discussed, as well as the reason for your visit. You will also be asked if you are on any medications, if you have any allergies, and if there are any possible areas of concern regarding your family health history

The podiatrist will examine your feet and lower legs to check strength, flexibility, circulation, sensitivity, and blood flow, as well as look for any swelling or discoloration. They will also look for any corns, calluses, bunions, warts, etc. Your toenails will be checked for any fungus, discoloration, or brittleness. They will assess how you stand and walk, and check your joints for range of motion. They will also check to see how your shoes fit.

Various diagnostic imaging and other tests may be performed to help the podiatrist make an accurate diagnosis. Based on their findings, the podiatrist will devise a treatment plan to help relieve any pain or discomfort and to correct your particular issue. Based on your condition and lifestyle, treatment options will be discussed with you that may range from more conservative, non-invasive techniques to surgical solutions. Your podiatrist may provide guidance on how to avoid foot problems in the future.

Many services that podiatrists provide may be either partially or fully covered by health insurance. In these cases, a bill will be sent to your insurance provider. When you call to make an appointment, ask our front office if we participate in your particular health insurance plan, and whether cash, checks, or credit cards are accepted to cover any co-pays, out-of-pocket expenses, or services not covered by insurance or Medicare.

Because the care and attention we provide to each patient takes time, we typically do not accept walk-ins. We do, however, try our absolute best to accommodate emergencies and patients that truly require urgent treatment.

While high heels may look great, wearing them regularly often contributes to foot conditions-which occur four times more often in women than men.

Toenails should be trimmed with a toenail clipper straight across (never rounded) and slightly longer than the tips of the toes. Toenails that are too short may become ingrown. The edges of the nails should still be visible after being trimmed.

Walking is a wonderful low-impact exercise for losing weight, improving circulation and keeping fit. Luckily, it is also the best type of exercise for the feet as well.

Symptoms of diabetes, arthritis, circulatory disorders, and nerve damage frequently show up in the feet first-which often signal the presence of one of these serious medical conditions.

Many foot conditions are actually preventable, and can be avoided if you take care of your feet, wear shoes that fit properly, and are proactive and aware about your foot and ankle health. Only a small percentage of people are born with a genetic foot problem, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Each foot is made up of 26 bones, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and 33 joints.

Yes. We have a digital x-ray system in one of our offices which outputs a diagnostic image that can be sent immediately to any of our offices.

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