WHO ARE PODIATRISTS?

 

 

Podiatrists are the ultimate starting point for any foot disorder.  Their training includes vascular, neurology, dermatology, physiology, orthopedic, pathology, pharmacology, physical diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of the feet.  No other specialty has this comprehensive training specifically honing in on the lower extremity and feet.  Back in the early 1980's my brother jokingly commented that it only took him a week to do the lower extremity in medical school (not 4 years).  He is a radiation oncologist.  I took his advice when I had cancer, but recommend Podiatrists for foot problems.

 


A podiatrist degree designation is a DPM, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.  Podiatrists are specialists who provide medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, such as bunions, heel pain, spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns and calluses. A podiatrist also renders care of sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle and heel. After an undergraduate degree, podiatrists attend a school of podiatric medicine where they earn a doctorate degree in podiatry.  A hospital based residency program between 1-3 years provides additional surgical and medical raining. Podiatrists are required to take national exams as well as state exams to be licensed by the State of Florida.  Dr. Jacobson passed his state exams in 1983 and completed his surgical residency in 1984. 

 

There are an estimated 17,800 practicing podiatrists in the United States. Podiatrists are in demand more than ever today because of a rapidly aging population.  Foot disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems.  Many drugs and systemic disorders affect the feet and lower extremities.

Typically, podiatrists:

•Consult with patients and other physicians on how to prevent foot and treat problems.


•Diagnose and treat tumors, diabetic ulcers, wounds, infections, fractures, ankle sprains, dislocations, arthritis, gout attacks, skin and nail diseases, and foot deformities.


•Perform surgeries to correct or remedy such problems as bunions, clawtoes, fractures, hammertoes, infections, ruptured Achilles, and other ligaments and tendons.


•Prescribe therapies and perform diagnostic procedures such as x-ray, ultrasound and lab tests.


•Prescribes or fits patients with custom inserts called orthotics that reduce pain thru improved function & gait.


•Treat conditions such as: bone disorders, bunions, corns, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails, thick nails, discolored nails, fungus of nails & skin (athlete’s foot), heel pain, plantar fasciitis Achilles tendinitis, bursitis, and arthritis.

WELL INFORMED PATIENTS MAKE GOOD DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR HEALTH.

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