Why Visit a Podiatrist?
At FL Foot Health, one of our missions is educating patients about good podiatric health. A podiatrist usually has DPM after his or her name. That stands for doctor of podiatric medicine and means the person is a physician and surgeon who treats the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg.
Your podiatrist can evaluate, diagnose and prescribe treatment for a wide range of issues, from the commonplace like ingrown toenails and bunions to the more complex such as tarsal tunnel syndrome and reconstructive ankle surgery. Your feet are complex structures. Each foot is made up of 28 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles and ligaments. When you have a foot or ankle concern, turn to your podiatrist. Don’t have a podiatrist? Let us help you locate one in your area with our online directory.
Below are some areas that your podiatrist can help with:
Foot and Ankle Pain
The most common reason patients come to a podiatrist is because they are in pain. Foot or ankle pain can prevent you from living an active life and even performing simple, daily tasks. To diagnose the source of your pain, the foot doctor will want to know the type and location of the pain and how long you have been experiencing it. The podiatrist will also get your medical history and conduct laboratory tests or imaging studies to get a clearer picture of your foot and ankle.
If you are an avid sports player, the podiatrist will treat any injuries you receive while playing. Injuries will be monitored, and the appropriate measures recommended to reduce the risk of further damage or repeat injuries. The podiatrist can analyze your gait, prescribe a custom orthotic device and make recommendations for the best sports shoes for your particular foot.
The foot doctor is interested in helping educate you and instruct you on ways to be proactive in the care of your feet. Developing a good foot care regimen, strategies for avoiding fungal infections and injury prevention are just a few of the topics your podiatrist can inform you about.
Many systemic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure, while not specifically foot disorders, can have a negative impact on the health of your feet. Your podiatrist is your partner in managing disease and taking care of symptoms that affect your feet.