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Branches of Podiatry

Monday, 26 October 2020 00:00

The type of doctor that specializes in conditions regarding the feet is referred to as a podiatrist. After completing the required education, the initials DPM are generally used after their name to indicate that they are a doctor of podiatric medicine. The amount of required schooling consists of a bachelor's degree, followed by four years of study in podiatric medical school. After three years of residency training and passing the required exams, podiatrists can become certified. There are several branches of podiatry that this type of doctor can choose to practice in, including wound care, surgery, and diabetes. If you would like additional information about the responsibilities of this type of physician, please speak with a podiatrist.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Dr. Dennis Berger from South Austin Foot Associates, PC. 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 West Lake Hills, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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