What will happen on my first visit?
You will be given a thorough podiatric medical evaluation to diagnose your foot problem. The doctor and her staff will take your medical history, conduct a foot and ankle exam and perform necessary tests as needed such as an x-ray. Once a diagnosis is made, you will be given a thorough explanation of your condition. The doctor will then work with you to design a treatment plan that accommodates your needs, relieves your discomfort and corrects the foot problem.
What is a podiatrist?
A podiatrist or Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) is a specialist in the care of the feet and ankles. A podiatrist is responsible for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of foot and ankle disorders by medical and surgical means.
What are the requirements to become a podiatrist?
After completing a 4 year bachelor's degree program, a student goes on to a 4 year podiatric medical school to earn a D.P.M. degree. Further education is then received for 1 to 3 years in a residency, internship or post-graduate training program. To become licensed, one must then pass the National and State Board Exams and complete 100 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) classes and seminars every two years in order to renew state licenses.
What conditions are treated by a podiatrist?
Skin & Nails of Hands
When shoud I see a podiatrist?
We encourage you to have regular check ups. We recommend that you have your feet checked at least once a year. After all, your feet are the foundation for your health. So, see your podiatrist for pain relief or corretive treatment at the first sign of any foot or ankle trouble. Especially if you sustain an injury.
If you suffer from a more serious condition such as diabetes, you should have your feet checked much more frequently. Any problems or soreness should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to avoid further problems.
What is the Medicare Diabetic Shoe Program?
In 1993 Medicare approved a therapeutic footwear program for people with diabetes. The program was designed for people with diabetes to be fitted with shoes and inserts to not only help provide proper fitting shoes, but also to help alleviate pressure areas in shoes that sometimes can lead to corns, calluses or open sores. Diabetic patients can qualify for one pair of shoes and three pairs of custom inserts per calendar year. Medicare pays 80% of the total cost. After your deductible If you have a secondary insurance, they will likely pay the balance.
Under the Medicare guidelines, the patient needs to be seeing a physician on a regular basis for their diabetes in order to qualify for this program. A certification form must be signed by your family physician so that Medicare will cover the approved shoes.
How do I select shoes that fit properly?
What are foot orthotics?
Foot orthotics are custom-made inner soles which are made from a mold of both feet and then placed in your shoes. They are used to control or alter foot function and often relieve pain caused by disorders such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain). Orthotics are compatible with many shoe styles and to work effectively should be worn daily. So, whatever shoes you decide to wear, before you put them on, don't forget to insert your customized inner soles.
Foot care recommendations.
Although many foot problems are hereditary, there are many steps you can take to reduce the risk of foot trouble. Preventative care can make a big difference, especially if you have diabetes.
Fun foot facts.