, also known as a podiatric physician is a health care expert who specializes in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle-related related problems such as injuries to tendons, muscles, joints and ligaments, nail and skin issues such as ingrown toenails, callus, fungal infections & blisters and systemic disease that manifest themselves in the foot such as diabetes and neurological condition. A Podiatrist will have to do a lot of schooling before he/she becomes licensed. One must first start by attending an undergraduate school and get a bachelor’s degree, the future podiatrist will then proceed to a college that offers podiatric medicine and learn for four years in order to receive a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree (DPM). Many podiatrists will continue their education by participating in a postgraduate residency program at any approved hospital or university. After completion of the entire schooling one will have to sit for a nation or state exam in order to be licensed by the state in which they want to practice.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are an estimated 15,000 practicing podiatrists in the United States. Podiatrists are in demand more than ever today because of a rapidly aging population. In addition, according to the association, foot disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems affecting people in this country.
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- Do you have heel or arch pain?
- Are your feet tired or achy?
- Do you have bunions or hammertoes?
- Do you have ingrown toenails or discolored, thickened toenails?
- Do your feet or ankles swell?
- Do your feet ever fell numb?
- Do you have diabetes?
- Do you have bad circulation in your feet?
- Do you have any numbness or shooting pains in your toes?
- Do you find it difficult to find comfortable shoes?
- Do your ankles “give out” easily?
- Do you have any pain in your ankles when you walk?
- Do you have any abnormal skin or calluses that are painful when you walk?
- Do you have difficulty exercising because of pain in your feet or ankles?
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