5 Questions to Ask Your Podiatrist
Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Davinder Bhela, DPM offers a wide range of podiatry services for patients of all ages at Hicksville Podiatry, in Hicksville NY, and West Hempstead NY. For more information, call us today to book an appointment.
If you are experiencing pain in your feet or ankles from an injury or an unexplained cause or are noticing other concerning symptoms with your feet or ankle, it may be time to see a podiatrist! At Hicksville Podiatry, we would be happy to evaluate your symptoms and provide any necessary treatment. We have also provided some answers to helpful questions for your podiatrist below!
What services do podiatrists provide?
Podiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of various conditions and injuries affecting the foot, ankle, and lower leg. With that in mind, some of the services that our podiatrists at Hicksville Podiatry provide include the following:
- Braces, casts, or splints for fractures and sprains involving the foot or ankle
- Corn, callus, and wart removal
- Diabetic foot and wound care
- Digital X-ray
- Dry skin care
- Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) for chronic tendinopathies like Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis
- Laser therapy for toenail fungus or chronic foot and ankle pain
- Lower extremity vascular evaluations, such as the Ankle-brachial index (ABI) test to evaluate circulation for peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- Microwave therapy for plantar warts
- Orthotics for hammertoes, foot deformities, and other podiatric issues
- Surgery for bunion removal, severe sprains and fractures, and other podiatric issues when necessary
- And more!
What’s the difference between a podiatrist and a chiropodist?
There is no technical difference between a podiatrist and a chiropodist, as both professions specialize in the same medical field. However, chiropody is an outdated term in the United States, as podiatry has been the official term used in reference to this respective medical field since the 1960s. The primary reason for this change was to avoid confusion with chiropractors, which is a different healthcare discipline, and because podiatry is a more accurate descriptor. At the same time, some other countries and regions still use the term chiropody.
When should you see a podiatrist?
It is a good idea to see a podiatrist at least once a year to ensure your feet are in healthy condition. If you have chronic or recurring foot or ankle issues, you should probably see a podiatrist once every three to six months. Besides routine check-ups, it is a good idea to see a podiatrist whenever you are experiencing pain or other problems with your foot or ankle. With that in mind, you should see a podiatrist if you notice any of the following with your foot or ankle:
- Bunions, corns, or calluses
- Cracks or cuts around your heel, toes, or on the soles of your feet
- Diabetic sores or wounds from nerve damage
- Discolored or thick toenails
- Growths or warts
- Ingrown toenail
- Injury to your foot or ankle
- Numbness or swelling in your foot or ankle
- Peeling on the soles of your feet
- Recurrent athlete’s foot
- Unexplained or unimproved foot or ankle pain
What does a podiatrist do on the first visit?
When you see a podiatrist for the first time, they will conduct a thorough review of your medical history, a physical examination of your foot and ankle, and offer recommendations for treatment or lifestyle changes to improve your podiatric health. As such, your first visit to a podiatrist will not be unlike a visit to any other medical doctor.
For the medical history review, your podiatrist will want to know about any current medical conditions and allergies you have, medications you are taking, past surgeries you have had, your health habits, and your family medical history. They may ask you questions in a consultation, or they will provide a questionnaire form for you to fill out.
During the physical examination, they will evaluate your range of motion, flexibility, gait, and strength in your feet and ankles. They will also check how well your shoes fit and examine your feet for abnormalities, such as bunions, foot deformities, diabetic wounds, or other issues.
Depending on what they discover from the medical history review and physical examination, your podiatrist will then offer recommendations for treatment and healthy habits you can implement. Some recommendations could include orthotics, physical therapy, laser therapy, or other treatment options.
For an appointment or more information about our podiatric services at Hicksville Podiatry, please feel welcome to call us or book an appointment right here on our website! We serve patients from Hicksville NY, Bethpage NY, Levittown NY, Westbury NY, Plainview NY, Farmingdale NY, Jericho NY, Syosset NY, Brookville NY, Muttontown NY, Upper Brookville NY, Greenvale NY, West Hempstead NY, Swedetown Village NY, North Wantagh NY, Garden City NY, East Hills NY, Franklin Square NY, Lakeville Estates NY, Queens Village NY, Alden Manor NY, North Merrick NY, East Meadow NY, and surrounding areas.