What Podiatrists Do

Podiatrists treat common foot and ankle ailments as well as perform more complicated surgeries.

Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people suffering foot, ankle and lower leg problems. They diagnose illnesses, treat nail and skin disorders as well as problems with hammer toes, bunions, heel pain, tendon problems and arthritis. Podiatrists address these problems using conservative, mechanical (custom or off-the-shelf orthotics), medicinal and/or surgical treatments.

Podiatrists typically do the following:

  • Listen to a patient’s concerns about their feet, ankles or lower legs
  • Diagnose foot, ankle and lower-leg problems, through physical exams, x rays, medical laboratory tests and other methods
  • Provide treatment for foot, ankle and lower-leg ailments, such as prescribing special shoe inserts (orthotics) to improve a patient’s mobility
  • Perform foot and ankle surgeries, such as removing bone spurs
  • Offer advice and instruction on foot and ankle care
  • Prescribe medications
  • Refer patients to physicians or specialists if they detect larger health problems, such as diabetes
  • Read journals and attend conferences to keep up with advances in podiatric medicine

Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Frederick Miller DPM
Frederick H. Miller,
Paul Lucas DPM
Paul R. Lucas,
Vincenzo Palmieri DPM
Vincenzo Palmieri,

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