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Frequently Asked Questions About Podiatry

What is Podiatry?

Podiatry is a field of medicine that focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the foot and ankle.

What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), also known as a podiatric physician or surgeon. Podiatrists receive medical education and training comparable to medical doctors, including four years of undergraduate education, four years of graduate education at one of eight accredited podiatric medical colleges and two or three years of hospital residency training.

Podiatrists are uniquely qualified among medical professionals to treat the foot and ankle.

Are all podiatrists board certified?

A good majority of podiatrists are board certified, but not all. Certification is an earned credential for physicians who have achieved a certain level of success, based on completion of specific advanced training and clinical experience and examination. The certifying boards include:

•      The American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine (ABPOPPM) is the certifying board for the specialty areas of podiatric orthopedics and primary podiatric medicine.

•      The American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS) is the certifying board for the specialty area of foot and ankle surgery.

Do I need a referral?

In most cases, no. Patients who claim through their private health care provider do not need a referral.

Is treatment painful?

No. Most patients are surprised that they feel little to no pain…even patients with painful corns, calluses and ingrown toenails.

 

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

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Sources:

About Podiatry

Maryland Podiatric Medical Association

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