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Podiatrists: Specialists in Foot and Ankle Care

Podiatrists are healthcare professionals specializing in the medical care and treatment of the foot and ankles. They undergo extensive education and training, obtaining doctorate degrees from accredited institutions of podiatric medicine. Podiatrists can diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, including fractures, arthritis, diabetic foot disorders, skin, and nail conditions, and causes of heel pain, like plantar fasciitis. Podiatrists can specialize in general foot conditions, or focus on specific areas like sports medicine, wound care, orthotics, diabetes, pediatrics, geriatrics, neurologic and circulatory foot conditions, and reconstructive surgery. To become a podiatrist, one must complete a bachelor's degree, followed by a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree, three years of residency training, national board certification, and state licensing. Specializations can be pursued through fellowship programs and certification exams. Podiatrists are considered physicians, possessing a comprehensive understanding of human anatomy, physiology, and systemic diseases, with their expertise solely focused on foot and ankle disorders. They differ from orthopedists, who treat musculoskeletal issues affecting the entire body. If you have any interest in becoming a podiatrist, it is suggested that you make an appointment to speak to one about their experiences.

If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to contact Michael Schwartzman, DPM from Illinois and Indiana . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.

What Do Podiatrists Do?

On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:

  • Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
  • Use innovative methods to treat conditions
  • Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
  • Correct walking patterns and balance
  • Provide individual consultations to patients

It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions, so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in West Chicago, IL and Whiting, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.


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