Patients may be referred to a Podiatrist by a primary care physician or other specialists. Patients can also self-refer directly for specialized foot care.
Conditions for which podiatric care is indicated include:
- Regular evaluation and preventative care for people with diabetes, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and other chronic health conditions
- Evaluation and treatment of functions, bone structure, and disorders such as hammer toe, bunion, flat feet and high arches
- Painful conditions such as sprains, tendonitis, heel or joint pain, corns, calluses and rash
- Infections of the skin or toenails including discoloration and change in thickness
- Numbness, burning sensation, tingling and other symptoms of nerve dysfunction
- Prescription and dispensing of custom orthotics and orthopedic shoes
A Podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), also known as a podiatric physician or surgeon, qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg. Podiatrists are uniquely qualified among medical professionals to treat the foot and ankle based on their education, training and experience—American Board of Medical Specialties.