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The Role of a Podiatrist

Monday, 06 January 2020 00:00

The type of doctor who uses the initials DPM is known as a podiatrist. It is an abbreviation for the term “doctor of podiatric medicine”, and physicians of this type of medicine treat disorders of the feet. Mandatory schooling includes four years of study, followed by three or more years of residency training. The type of foot conditions that are treated can consist of wound care, foot surgeries, plantar fasciitis, and bunions. There are factors that may play a significant role in possibly developing uncomfortable foot ailments. If you have existing medical conditions such as diabetes, elevated cholesterol levels, and poor circulation, you may have an increased risk of developing severe foot conditions. It is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can assist you in choosing the right type of footwear, and treat any foot pain you may have.

If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to contact Abeer M. Foteh, DPM from Greater Houston Foot Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.

What Do Podiatrists Do?

On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:

  • Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
  • Use innovative methods to treat conditions
  • Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
  • Correct walking patterns and balance
  • Provide individual consultations to patients

It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions, so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Baytown, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

 

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