Looking into healthcare options can be overwhelming. However, understanding how the variety of healthcare professionals can help you is an important key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Like many other medical specialists, podiatrists play an important role in the overall health and wellbeing of patients.
Podiatrists receive extensive training in foot and ankle care. After four years of undergraduate education, students attend one of the nine podiatric medical colleges around the country and then complete a three-year residency program. While podiatrists receive specialized training in their scope of practice, they also obtain a thorough overall medical education. This well-rounded educational experience means that podiatrists are qualified physicians who specialize in the lower extremity. All podiatrists are trained in surgery and clinical care, and many also choose to further specialize in areas such as sports medicine, orthopedics, pediatrics, or wound care.
This unique training and experience allows podiatrists to provide a complete and targeted approach to caring for the foot and ankle. There are many reasons to visit a podiatrist, ranging from regular checkups to surgical care. Those with diabetes should visit podiatrists regularly for routine foot care, in order to prevent disease complications such as ulcers and amputations. Others visit podiatrists regularly for the treatment of arthritis and sports injuries, as well as nail care. Podiatrists are also trained in surgery and trauma, so they perform Achilles tendon reconstructions and ankle arthroscopy, as well as elective surgeries to fix bunions and hammertoes.
Podiatric physicians have the unique knowledge and expertise to make them a valuable part of the healthcare team. You can learn more about the field of podiatry and how it can meet your needs by visiting http://www.apma.org, or by scheduling an appointment at Adirondack Tri-State Podiatry.
We look forward to helping you achieve good foot health, which is so important to your overall health and well being.