What Exactly Does a Podiatrist Do?
While it’s widely understood that a podiatrist is a doctor you turn to for foot, ankle and heel issues, it’s not always clear what exactly a podiatrist does. From relieving pain, to treating infections to correcting deformities, podiatrists are skilled professionals trained to diagnosis and treat foot and lower limb issues.
When facing foot, ankle and heel issues, a consultation with a podiatrist is a logical first step. As a doctor of podiatric medicine, a podiatrist consults with patients on how to prevent problems and will determine best next steps. A consultation usually does not last longer than an hour and will often require you to provide medical history information and running some basic tests.
Whether it’s a deformity, a fracture or a skin disease, a podiatrist will be able to diagnose a wide variety of issues. They leverage their deep knowledge base from undergraduate medical school training, a doctorate degree in podiatry and their experience to diagnose patients. Diagnosing an issue may require further diagnostic testing such as getting an ultrasound or running some tests with the lab.
Upon diagnosis, appropriate treatment of the issue will be necessary to remedy or correct it. Treatment for certain conditions may require surgery. Hammertoes, a ruptured Achilles or bunions are all common issues that we treat at Precision Podiatry. Patients that may have unordinary walking patterns may be prescribed and fitted with orthotics, which can effectively correct walking patterns without requiring surgery. A visit to the podiatrist can help relieve long-standing arch or heel pain through the supply of custom-made orthotics.
If you are experiencing any issues in your feet or lower limbs, it may be time to see a podiatrist, especially if your problems are having a negative impact on your mobility.