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Podiatrists Are Foot Health Specialists

A podiatrist, also known as a foot doctor, is a medical professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the feet, ankles, and lower extremities. Their primary focus is to ensure optimal foot health, addressing issues ranging from common ailments like bunions and ingrown toenails to complex conditions such as diabetic foot ulcers or sports injuries. In their workplace, podiatrists typically operate in clinics, hospitals, or private practices, equipped with diagnostic tools like X-rays and ultrasound machines. Podiatrists undergo extensive training, earning a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM, degree from accredited podiatric medical schools. Some may further specialize in areas like sports medicine, wound care, or pediatric podiatry through postgraduate residencies or fellowships, honing their expertise to address specific patient needs effectively. If you are experiencing any type of foot condition, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment solutions, in addition to answering any questions you may have about this field of medicine. 

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Dr. Kevin Davis from Davis Foot & Ankle Centers. 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 Springfield, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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