Here are seven reasons why you should see a podiatrist for your foot and ankle problem:
7. A podiatrist can prescribe antibiotics and perform surgery. When a person has a wound on their foot, it is important to see the podiatrist. The problem is in most areas of the foot and ankle, unlike the abdomen or the arm, the skin is very close to the bone. For diabetics or people with poor circulation especially, it is very easy to get an infection that goes into the bone. A podiatrist is trained to treat wounds, and delegate to a wound care center if needed. Podiatrists have an understanding of biomechanics to determine proper weightbearing status. Additionally, they can also treat infections with antibiotics or urgent or emergent surgery if needed.
6. A podiatrist is a physician. For shoe or inserts it is important to consult someone with a medical degree. Orthotic therapy, like eyeglasses or braces, is complicated science. Only a podiatrist has the depth of training to prescribe the proper treatment and device for your foot condition.
5. A podiatrist can administer medication and order tests. For patients with an injury it is important to see a podiatrist to establish a definitive diagnosis of which structure is injured and how badly. Improper movement or exercise when immobilization is needed can make the condition worse. A podiatrist understands the anatomy and what is needed to heal the structure. They can order tests such as MRI’s, CT’s to establish a diagnosis, give medications as needed for pain, immobilize the structure or perform surgery if needed. They may also direct a physical therapist if this treatment is needed.
4. A podiatrist is a specialist. A foot or ankle problem is best treated by an expert in the field, a podiatrist. They have the most education and training specific to the foot and ankle and undergo the most rigorous, comprehensive certification process of any specialist. They are collaborative members of multidisciplinary patient care teams and innovators in treatment protocols and surgical procedures. It is important to ask to see a podiatrist sooner rather than later, especially if the condition persists.
3. A podiatrist exclusively treats feet. A podiatry referral is indicated to evaluate for treatment of all foot and ankle conditions, including fractures or surgery on the foot or ankle. Other types of specialists may perform surgery throughout the body on muscles, bones and joints–shoulders, hips, knees, etc.. Only a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon is specialized to exclusively perform foot or ankle surgery–on the muscles, bones and joints, but also on skin structures, nerves, etc. They may also perform non-surgical treatment if that is better indicated.
2. A podiatrist can treat urgent foot conditions. Oftentimes, in the emergency department, a podiatrist is called for a foot and ankle problem. For urgent conditions involving the foot and ankle during business hours when a podiatrist is available in their office, it may be more efficient to be seen by a specialist right away.
1. A podiatrist is your choice for foot and ankle medical and surgical care. People know best what they do the most of. An artist knows about art; a gymnast knows about gymnastics; an appliance salesperson knows about appliances. Podiatrists attend medical school and residency to be physicians and surgeons of the foot and ankle. Their practices are dedicated to this important part of the body, to treat it in the best and most integrative way possible based on medical science.
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