I write a huge amount of information about foot health and foot care issues. The truth is that’s the best I know! I am a podiatrist and practice medicine in Houston, Texas. However, I am still amazed that many people think that a podiatrist works with children. Well, we do…just their feet, though. I thought it was important to get back to the basics about what a podiatrist is and what he does.
Podiatrists are specialized health care professionals who focus on the foot and ankle. To become a podiatrist, one obtains a bachelor’s degree from a 4-year university and then goes on to a 4-year college of podiatry, where they are awarded a Doctor of Podiatry (DPM) degree. They then go through two to three years of a hospital residency program, which qualifies a podiatrist to be certified in forefoot or whole foot and ankle surgery.
There are many reasons why a person should go to a podiatrist for medical care. A good way to think about the elements of foot therapy is to divide them into 4 categories: diabetic foot care and wound care, pediatric foot care, biomechanics, and surgery. Many diabetics end up becoming sick regularly in podiatric offices due to diabetes side effects such as peripheral neuropathy and sores. Foot wound care is also a very important component of podiatry. Podiatrists use some of the most advanced wound systems, advanced wound dressings, and medicated ointments to help heal foot wounds.
Podiatrists also see many podiatrist Wellington FL. Many pediatric patients are brought to a podiatrist for some type of biomechanical deformity such as walking on toes or toes, but usually they develop plantar warts or ingrown toenails. Biomechanics includes abnormal foot function that can cause pain due to tendinitis and heel pain, as well as cause deformities of the foot such as bunion and hammer foot. Finally, surgery is an important part of any podiatrist’s expertise. Surgery can range from toenails inward, to correction of a hammertoe bunion, to amputation of affected parts of the foot.
Podiatrists are unlike any other specialty in medicine in that they must know a lot about many specialties such as dermatology, surgery, pharmacology, radiology, neurology, and much more. Podiatrists write their prescriptions, read their x-rays, and perform their surgeries. Although podiatry is still considered a new medical profession, it is a highly respected profession. Foot treatment as a whole is growing by leaps and bounds due to the overweight population of the United States and the increasing number of diabetics. Everything flows and affects the feet.