WHAT IS A PODIATRIST?
A podiatrist, or doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), is a physician and surgeon who treats diseases and issues of the foot and lower legs. Podiatrists complete rigorous training to understand the make-up of the foot and ankle and how they work. This makes them uniquely qualified to care for this part of the body.
WHEN SHOULD I SEE A PODIATRIST?
If you experience any of these issues, it may be time to schedule a visit with a podiatrist:
- Regular swelling or numbness in your feet
- Pain when you walk or put pressure on your feet
- Thick corns or callouses that do not go away
- Painful bunions
- Ingrown toenails
- Cracked or bleeding heels
Some of these conditions could be signs of a larger issue. If you’re suffering from any of these problems, talk with your primary care doctor about seeing a podiatrist.