What Is a Podiatrist?

How many people can you think of that are currently experiencing foot or ankle pain?  More importantly, who are they going to for treatment and how are they getting better?  If you answered a podiatrist, you’re right!  If you don’t know what a podiatrist is, then keep reading and find out!

 A podiatrist is a doctor that specializes in foot and ankle disorders.  Our education begins with learning about the anatomy of the foot and ankle in podiatry medical school, and our experience continues with the focus on foot and ankle disorders throughout the rest of our training.  After completion of four years of college, we must complete an additional four years at a podiatric medical school, and then finally fulfill an additional three years in surgical residency for training in foot and ankle surgery.  Our training is extensively focused on the management and care of foot and ankle disorders with conservative and surgical treatment.

So how can a podiatrist help you with your foot and ankle pain?  Determining the proper diagnosis for foot and ankle pain is the key to getting a patient pain-free.  We carefully evaluate not only what is causing the pain, but also why and how to fix it.  To do this we use our knowledge of the anatomy of the foot and ankle as well as biomechanics.  Biomechanics help determine why your foot and ankle functions the way it does through analysis of the way you stand, walk, or run.  Combining these two important components makes diagnosing foot and ankle problems more accurate which in term makes the treatment plan more precise. 

If you are experiencing foot and/or ankle pain, don’t wait for it to resolve on its own.  Let the experts help get you the answers you want and the treatment you need!  Call Advanced Podiatry to request an appointment for one of our podiatrist to treat your foot and ankle pain today!