A Podiatrist is a “Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM).” The podiatrist specializes in the treatment of foot and ankle problems. Most podiatrists have a four-year undergraduate degree prior to entering podiatric medical school. During the four years of medical training after college, special emphasis is placed on the medical and surgical identification and treatment of foot, ankle and leg problems. Podiatrists have one to three years of residency training in foot and ankle surgery following their four years of specialized medical training. The majority of patients seen by the podiatrist are referred to the specialist specifically trained in the treatment of foot and ankle disorders. In addition to their surgical training, podiatrists have extensive training in the non-surgical treatment of foot and ankle problems.


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    Below are some of the more common questions we receive as it relates to foot pain diagnosis and care.

    Podiatrists are specially trained to address any medical issues related to the foot or ankle. A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) treats issues related to chronic conditions like diabetes, poor circulation, obesity, or artery disorders. A podiatrist can also help if you have a foot or ankle injury, chronic pain, or deformity. Your feet and ankles form the foundation for the rest of the body, so podiatrists can help prevent problems that often lead to hip and back pain.

    Consult a podiatrist any time you have reoccurring issues with your feet or ankles. This may include:

    • Swelling
    • Rashes or skin changes
    • Athletes foot
    • Chronic pain
    • Injury to foot or ankle
    • Numbness or tingling
    • Ingrown toenails

    Podiatrists treat anyone with feet or ankles! As we mentioned above, swelling, pain, or discomfort in this area could indicate deeper problems, so don’t wait to consult a podiatrist! At Podiatry Associates of Florida, we help patients of all ages regain comfortable use of their feet and ankles. Athletes and seniors, however, often consult podiatrists due to increased wear and tear on their lower extremities.

    These are very common disorders that podiatrists treat. Flat feet or fallen arches happen when weakened tendons in the foot result in a loss of normal arch structure. Flat feet can lead to pain and pronation (turning in) of the foot and ankle.

    Bunions are bony protrusions of the side of the big toe where connects to the foot. They result from poor foot structure or imbalance (often caused by flat feet). Bunions require treatment to prevent worsening and to reduce pain.

    Normally, podiatric care is covered as specialist care. Every insurance plan differs, so it’s important to consult your insurance provider and podiatrist to confirm your coverage. Give one of our offices a call to inquire about our provider networks!


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    • Nick Tsataros
      - Patient

      For several months I was experiencing terrible foot pain.  It was affecting my quality of life and had basically prevented me from playing golf which I enjoy doing several times a week.  Through a friend’s recommendation to visit the doctors at Podiatry Associates of Florida, my foot pain was easily and carefully diagnosed.  In a […]