What does a podiatrist treat?
A podiatrist specializes in the treatment of issues and concerns relating to an individual’s feet, ankles, or lower leg. They are able to treat a wide assortment of conditions relating to the lower half of the leg including resetting broken bones, prescribing medications, requesting x-rays or lab tests, and performing surgery. Podiatrists are able to not only diagnose and treat medical conditions that are affecting the feet, ankle, and lower leg, they are also able to work with their patients on preventative approaches for the long-term health of their patient’s body, through their feet. Small issues in the lower half of the leg can cause much larger issues in the rest of the body, such as pain in the back, hips, knees, and even up to the neck and shoulders. A small alteration in a person’s gait can cause other parts of the body to overcompensate, leading to pain in what can seem like a completely unrelated area of the body. Your podiatrist can help you with general foot care, proper sizing of shoes, orthotics or footwear inserts, and stretches or exercises for the feet. They can also treat athlete’s feet, plantar warts, hammertoes, flat feet, corns, bunions, arthritis, and any other source of pain or discomfort in the feet or ankle.
When should you see a podiatrist?
Many people seek the care of a podiatrist when they are experiencing pain or discomfort in the lower half of their leg, including the ankle and feet. They may also see a podiatrist if they are experiencing pain in another part of their body such as their knees, hips, or back that is suspected to be a result of an issue with the lower half of the leg. Small changes in the way we walk can cause bigger issues in other joints of our body when we overcompensate for what seems like a minor discomfort in our feet. A podiatrist can help you with any issue related to the health of your feet, including ingrown toenails, bunions, calluses, heel pain, arthritis, fungal nails, corns, flat feet, plantar warts, athlete’s foot, and hammertoes, among many other conditions that affect the feet and ankles. They can also provide treatment to injuries in this area including sprains, strains, and fractures. Podiatrists are able to assist with preventative measures as well and can help their patients with the general care and maintenance of their feet, understanding how to select the proper shoe size, fitting for shoe inserts or custom-made orthotics, and providing exercises and stretches that they can do on their own home to keep their feet in tip-top shape.
Do you need a prescription to see a podiatrist?
Prospective patients do not need a prescription or referral to seek the care of a podiatrist as part of their medical team. At Hicksville Podiatry, we are happy to book an initial consultation with you so you can learn about the services we provide to our patients, and we can understand what your needs are as they relate to the health and well-being of your feet. Our feet are a very important part of our everyday life and are often undervalued and underestimated in how much they can impact our overall health. Dr. Bhela has extensive training and experience in podiatric medicine and strives to provide his patients with the best care and treatment for their feet and ankles to ensure they are strong and healthy for many years to come.
Is there a difference between a podiatrist and a chiropodist?
The short answer is that no, there is no difference between a podiatrist and a chiropodist. Chiropody was renamed to podiatry in the early 1990s and now the two titles are often used interchangeably. The difference in names also comes from different countries or regions. For example, British people often refer to foot doctors as chiropodists whereas in North America and the USA we refer to them as podiatrists. In both cases, people are referring to doctors who are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of ailments related to the feet, ankles, and lower half of the leg.
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