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Education Requirements for Foot Doctors

Tuesday, 21 February 2023 00:00

There are many branches of medicine, and podiatry focuses on the conditions of the feet and ankles. These can include deformities, growths, and problems that are associated with diabetes and arthritis. There are various places to practice podiatry, consisting of hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, or owning a practice. The mandatory education requirements include obtaining a bachelor's degree, which is followed by earning a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree. This is done by attending podiatry school and enrolling in courses such as biology, chemistry, and physics. This program lasts four years, and upon completion, students will attend a residency program for three years. Extensive training may be needed for more specialized fields of podiatry. If you are interested in pursuing a career in podiatry, speaking with this type of doctor may help you in determining if this is the correct choice for you.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from Preferred Footcare, LLC. Our doctors 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 Stamford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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