podFor thousands of years there have been practitioners who professionally take care of the feet.  Today we have doctors of podiatry who specialize in this treatment.

When you are experiencing problems with your foot, ankle or lower extremities you may want to consult a podiatrist.  In the United States many years ago podiatrists were known as chiropodists.

Podiatrists are doctors of podiatric medicine (DPM) and are probably the most qualified doctors to care for your feet.  They undergo four years of training in a podiatric medical school and then three years of hospital residency training. They receive training in general medicine, surgery, pharmacology, human anatomy, physiology and much more.   Before they can begin their medical school training they must have already completed a bachelor’s degree with emphasis on biology, biochemistry, general and or organic chemistry, etc.

The podiatrist may have either an individual or group practice and in addition podiatrists practice in hospitals, long term care facilities, the armed services, public health services  and more.  They are trained to diagnosis, treat and prevent disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremities such as  injuries and diseases.  A podiatrist may order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe medicine, perform surgery, prescribe physical therapy regimes, prescribe and fit orthotics, insoles and custom made shoes, treat sports related injuries and set fractures.  They may specialize in a particular field such as sports medicine, geriatric care, diabetes care, wound care or the care of children.

The podiatrist is often the first person to detect an illness such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease or arthritis since the symptoms of some diseases are first noticed in the lower extremities.

If you have any concerns about your feet and/or lower extremities and need qualified care, then you just might want to consult with and engage the services of a podiatrist.