A podiatrist, also called a doctor of podiatric medicine, is a specialist who provides medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, including, but not limited to sprains and fractures, bunions, heel pain/spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns and calluses.
A podiatrist also renders care of infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle and heel. In addition to undergraduate medical school training, podiatrists also attend graduate school for a doctorate degree in podiatry.
Podiatrists are required to take state and national exams, as well as be licensed by the state in which they practice.
A podiatrist should be seen if patient has the following symptoms:
• Foot pain of any kind
• Noticeable change to nails or skin
•Feet are severely cracking, scaling, or peeling
• Thick fungal infected nails-toenail is getting thicker and causing discomfort
• Blisters on the feet
• Sores or infections on the feet
• Circulation problems
• Elderly or disabled for general foot care,i.e. toenail trimming Or, has the following medical conditions:
•Peripheral vascular disease
• Thromboangitis Obliterans
• Arteriosclerotic Vascular Disease of lower extremities
• Peripheral Neuropathies of the feet
• History of non‑traumatic amputation of the foot or lower limb
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