The definition of a podiatrist is a doctor who treats conditions of the feet and ankles. They can advise patients on how to properly care for their feet, in addition to treating existing foot conditions that can be a result of diabetes or arthritis. After obtaining a bachelor's degree, and having completed a four-year program at a podiatric medical school, they are officially known as Doctors of Podiatric Medicine, and typically use the initials DPM after their names. It is beneficial for these types of doctors to be available at a variety of times, in addition to having good communication skills. People who may be interested in pursuing a career in podiatry are urged to consult with a podiatrist who can help to determine if this is the correct career choice for them.
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What Is a Podiatrist?
Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.
A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:
- Physical therapy
- Orthotic inserts or soles
- Surgery on lower extremity fractures
A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.
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