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Top Podiatrist related questions
Podiatrists have their own schools and professional associations. Although they don’t go to traditional medical school, podiatrists are considered doctors. Moreover, they have the title “DPM” (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) after their names instead of “MD” (Doctor of Medicine). Podiatrists are licensed, and the scope of their practice varies among countries.
Podiatrists treat injuries, discomfort, and disorders of the feet. For example, a podiatrist may treat foot or ankle fractures and sprains. They also treat nail infections, bunions, and heel pain. What’s more, podiatrists can help patients manage arthritis symptoms and prevent foot amputation due to diabetes complications. Podiatrists also recommend exercises, insoles, or surgery for children with feet alignment issues.
Take note of your medical history or prepare relevant medical records before your appointment. Your podiatrist will need information about your past injuries, infections, or surgeries. It may also be helpful to list down any medications you’re taking. You may also bring footwear, insoles, or orthotics you regularly wear. The information and items you provide can help your podiatrist understand your medical history and tailor your treatment to your needs.
You can do your online consultation through your preferred video conferencing platform. An online podiatrist consultation works like a face-to-face appointment. Your podiatrist may take your medical history and ask you to perform specific movements so that they can assess your condition. Afterwards, your podiatrist can prescribe medication, strengthening exercises, or self-care practices.
You may need a face-to-face consultation if your foot needs further direct examination. The need for a physical appointment will depend on your case. You may schedule an initial online consultation with a podiatrist. Afterwards, they can advise you on whether you need a clinical appointment.
An annual foot health check-up can detect foot problems before they develop. Foot check-ups involve assessing your skin, nails, nerves, joints, and blood supply. Podiatrists can also evaluate you for possible complications from your heart and nerves. As a result, your podiatrist can recommend treatment to prevent infections and complications.
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What do podiatry services include?
Podiatrists diagnose and treat disorders of the feet and lower limbs. These conditions include injuries, complications from long-term health issues, infections, and deformities. Podiatrists are also known as podiatric physicians or doctors of podiatric medicine.
From sports injury to joint pain, a podiatrist may help you get to the root of the problem. Here are some things to expect in your podiatrist appointment.
Discussing your medical history
Getting your thorough medical history is an important step, especially on your first podiatrist visit. Your podiatrist may ask you the following information:
- Activities when you feel the pain
- Symptoms you’re experiencing
- What shoes you regularly wear
- Past surgeries
- Medications you’re taking
These details can help your podiatrist identify possible causes of your foot or leg problem. If you’re scheduling an online consultation, you can hire a technician to repair any issues on your computer before your appointment.
Examining your foot
A foot examination may include looking at how you stand and walk and checking the range of motion in your joints. Your podiatrist may also observe how your shoes fit. Factors to assess include your blood flow, feeling/ sensation, and muscle strength. If you have a deformity like a bunion or hammertoe, your podiatrist can take a look at these as well.
Afterwards, your podiatrist discusses with you their findings. They may also recommend further medical tests. Going out to get these additional tests can be troublesome, especially if you have an injury. Fortunately, you can also hire a Tasker to drive you to the clinic or hospital for your x-ray or ultrasound.
Recommending treatment for your feet
A podiatrist comes up with a suitable treatment plan based on their assessment and their patient’s medical history. Additionally, podiatry treatment may involve physical therapy, medicine, or wound care; your podiatrist may also recommend footwear, insoles, or padding to improve your foot condition.
These items may help stabilise your feet, enhance leg function, and improve posture. Increased walking, diet, and exercise may also be part of a patient’s treatment plan. If necessary, podiatrists can refer you to other specialists or work with surgeons to get your feet back to optimum health.
Treating your foot condition
In some cases, your podiatrist may treat your condition on the spot to relieve your pain. Podiatrists treat infections, bunions, and ingrown toenails. For instance, they may use a syringe to give you pain medication. Or they can use nail splitters to remove ingrown toenails, as well as use a scalpel to remove corns and calluses. Conditions like corns may seem superficial, but they can sometimes be symptoms of more significant health issues.
Your podiatrist can look out for these scenarios and detect muscle imbalance or joint instability. As you recover at home, you can hire Taskers to pick up your groceries or keep your house clean. You can even get a home chef to prepare your weekly meals so that you can focus on rest and recovery.