What is Podiatry?

Published: Jan. 28, 2008 at 6:41 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 16, 2010 at 12:30 AM EST
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Podiatry is a specialty field of medicine that strives to improve the overall health and well being of patients through the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions associated with the foot, ankle and leg. Podiatrists, or Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), are physicians and surgeons primarily of the foot and ankle. The education of most DPM's includes a four-year college degree, followed by four years of post-graduate education in an accredited Podiatric Medical School, followed by a hospital-based residency ranging from one to three years.

If you suffer from a foot problem you are not alone. The average person takes 10,000 steps over the course of a day and walks 85,000 miles in a lifetime.  Four of five adults will eventually experience some sort of foot problem and require professional care.  Our podiatric staff is well-trained and fully qualified to diagnose and treat your foot or ankle problems.

Our podiatric physicians treat a wide variety of foot and ankle problems which include, but are not limited to:

  • Heel/Arch pain
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Sports injuries
  • Neuromas
  • Foot/Ankle pain
  • Flat feet
  • Toenail disorders
  • Arthritic disorders
  • Pediatric foot disorders
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Skin conditions
  • High arch feet
  • Bone spurs

While many of these conditions may be managed conservatively, surgery may sometimes be necessary. We offer a wide range of surgical services from the more traditional techniques to advanced surgical care including arthroscopy, joint fusions/replacements, and reconstructive procedures. These services can be provided at our convenient onsite outpatient surgical facility or at one of our local hospitals.

To learn more about Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, visit the website links below: