Podiatrists are orthopedic doctors who work primarily with foot issues. They handle all types of foot conditions including sports injuries, post-operative foot conditions, spinal conditions, corns, calluses, chipped toes, flat feet, and deformities in the foot. An orthopedic doctor is an orthopedic specialist who is qualified to perform many different types of physical examinations and/or diagnostic procedures that are designed to identify the cause of the condition and recommend treatment.
Podiatrists examine to find that a patient’s problem is caused by joint dysfunctions and/or bone defects, which often results in specific surgery to remove the affected joint(s) or to enhance or treat the bones. They may also use ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology to locate bone disorders. They also use x-rays and other diagnostic methods.
Podiatrists treat patients with sports injuries such as fractures and ligament sprains, cartilage problems, and foot deformities. The patients may also be treated for ailments and conditions such as corns, calluses, chipped toes, and flat feet.
Orthopedic doctors help patients strengthen their joints and bones, correct any deformities, and repair any foot and joint damage, and sometimes they use cortisone injections to soothe the foot. Some podiatrists specialize in providing special foot care treatment for specific conditions such as diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, and foot deformities. The foot doctor will refer patients to an orthopedic surgeon if the conditions are considered to be too complicated or complex to address with regular treatment.
Podiatrists must be board certified by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). They must complete a residency program and one year of specialty training. After their residency, they are eligible to practice in any state.
Podiatrists are the best source for specialty podiatry services such as computerized foot orthotics, soft tissue manipulation, biofeedback therapy, physiotherapy, and ultrasound procedures. Podiatrists can also perform minor surgeries such as tendon injections, varicose heel injections, and corpectomy.
A podiatrist may treat foot pain by treating the foot and treating the condition that is causing the foot pain. This would include problems such as bursitis, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, and other conditions.
Podiatrists are also good for foot and ankle pain due to injury, as well as a low, painful area, due to arthritis or other conditions. They may also assist the patient in finding a treatment plan. They may suggest physical therapy for the problem areas.