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What Is a Podiatrist?

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 00:00

Physicians who treat foot conditions and disorders are referred to as Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), also commonly known as podiatrists. Their role in the medical field can be vital in determining certain maladies in the body. This can be a result of symptoms that present themselves in the feet. There are several foot conditions that podiatrists are capable of treating. These can include structural deformities such as hammertoe and bunions, in addition to foot wounds, flat feet, and ingrown toenails. People who are interested in pursuing a career in podiatry must complete two years of residency following a bachelor's degree. The residency programs teach the interns medical and surgical procedures, in addition to training in foot surgery. If you are interested in pursuing a career in podiatry, it is strongly advised that you speak with a podiatrist who can help you to determine if this is the right field for you.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Dr. Bert Altmanshofer from Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Duncansville, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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