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The Path to Podiatry

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Becoming a podiatrist involves a journey of dedication and specialized training, starting with undergraduate studies in a science-related field. After completing a bachelor's degree, aspiring podiatrists pursue a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM, degree, typically a four-year program focused on foot and ankle anatomy, biomechanics, and medical and surgical interventions. Throughout their education, students engage in clinical rotations to gain hands-on experience in diagnosing and treating foot and ankle conditions. After graduating, podiatrists often undertake residencies to further refine their skills in areas such as surgery, sports medicine, or wound care. Finally, they obtain licensure to practice independently. Transitioning from student to professional, podiatrists continue to expand their knowledge through continuing education and staying abreast of advancements in podiatric medicine. If you are experiencing foot or ankle discomfort, it is suggested that you seek the expertise of a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Dr. Stephen Petrofsky from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Port Charlotte, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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