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Definition of and Educational Pathways for Podiatrists

A podiatrist, known as a foot and ankle specialist, is a healthcare professional dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions affecting the lower extremities. With an emphasis on maintaining optimal foot health, podiatrists address a diverse array of issues, including but not limited to, bunions, ingrown toenails, and biomechanical abnormalities. Becoming a podiatrist involves a rigorous educational journey. Aspiring professionals typically embark on a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM program, which encompasses comprehensive studies in anatomy, physiology, and clinical rotations focusing on podiatric medicine and surgery. This extensive education equips podiatrists with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide specialized care for foot and ankle ailments. The dedication to this unique branch of healthcare ensures that podiatrists are well-versed in the complexities of lower limb conditions. If you have foot or ankle problems or are interested in pursuing podiatry as a career choice, it is suggested that you confer with this type of doctor who can provide care and information sought.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Mark Majeski, DPM from Main Street Foot & Ankle, LLC. Our practitioner 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 Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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