What Is A Podiatrist And When Should You Visit One?
Your feet are complex anatomical structures that are critical to your overall health and well-being. They stabilize you as you walk and stand, absorb shock when you jump and land, and propel you into motion when you push off for a jog. As such, if an injury occurs or treatment is needed, your feet require and deserve expert care from a DPM (doctor of podiatric medicine).
What is a podiatrist?
Podiatrists (DPMs) are medical specialists focused on treating problems that affect the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg. They can also treat foot-related injuries and complications that result from ongoing health issues, like diabetes.
Before practicing, podiatrists must complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school followed by three years of hospital residency training. In some cases, additional fellowship training is obtained for further advancements in specialty training. Additionally, to further advance their expertise, some podiatrists may also earn board certification from the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.
When should you visit a podiatrist?
Your feet keep your life’s journey in motion. In fact, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), by the time you’re 50, you’ll have walked 75,000 miles on your feet. Don’t let foot or ankle pain slow you down on your journey. Instead, visit a podiatrist to treat pains affecting your feet, like:
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