What Does A Podiatrist Do? We Treat All Foot & Ankle Problems!

What does a podiatrist do? Yes a podiatrist is a doctor and is covered by insurance. We can treat almost ALL foot & ankle problems!

 

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We have 4 doctors at our clinic who are board certified in foot and ankle surgery and treatment. All 4 are on staff at hospitals!

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What conditions can a podiatrist treat?

  • Toenail problems.
  • Ingrown toenails.
  • Toe problems.
  • Ball of the foot pain.
  • Arch pain.
  • Flat feet or high arched feet.
  • Top of the foot pain.
  • Heel pain.
  • Ankle pain.
  • Wound care.
  • Diabetes.
  • Medical pedicures.

What does a podiatrist do?

 

Everything possible regarding the foot & ankle! Our physician training is highlighted by Harvard based residency training in Boston, fellowship training in post residency surgical techniques, the most cutting edge training in non-surgical techniques and focus on all possible foot and ankle treatments and procedures.

We are able to provide hospital care as well as foot & ankle care in all aspects.

 

Is A Podiatrist a Physician/Doctor?

 

Yes! A podiatrist is a physician who has performed a minimum of 4 year undergraduate degree, 4 years of medical training, 3 years of surgical and medical hospital based residency training, possibly a fellowship training period and is board certified in foot & ankle surgery!

We are extremely proud of the training our physicians have accomplished.

 

Does Insurance Cover Podiatrist Care?

 

Yes! The majority of our care is not considered elective and is not cosmetic. The primary focus is to keep you walking, healthy and prevent any future hospitalizations for your foot and ankle problems.

Podiatrist care is considered to be extremely cost effective for both the nation and insurance companies. There are many studies proving that good foot care can result in exponentially greater reductions in hospitalization and disability costs.

 

Podiatric Services:

 

1) Diabetic Foot Care:

  • Diabetes can damage nerves in your feet and cause “peripheral neuropathy”, a condition that causes numbness, pain or loss of sensitivity in your extremities. Diabetes can also affect your body’s ability to heal properly from cuts or blisters because of changes in blood flow to your feet.
  • An initial risk stratification and regular checkups with your podiatrist will protect your feet and keep them healthy.
  • If you notice any problems such as redness, blisters, cracks, or breaks in your skin keep the area clean and schedule an appointment. Stop these problems before they get worse!

 

2)Fungal Toenails:

  • Fungal toenails, are caused by an infection underneath the surface of the nail.
  • Fungus can turn the nail yellow or brown in color while making it thicker. Debris can also collect beneath the nail plate and may make it painful to walk or run. (Fungal toe nails may or may not be painful while they are still an active infection).
  • We can perform a test to identify the type(s) of infection and determine the best treatment option for your case.
  • Treatments many include prescription topical medication, prescription oral medication and trimming of the toenails.
  • It is important to seek treatment for this condition to avoid complications from an infection and the spread of the fungus to other nails on your hands or feet.

 

3) Ingrown Toenails:

  • Ingrown toenails result when the nail grows sideways into the skin alongside the nail.
  • This can cause pain, especially when wearing tight shoes. It can also lead to an infection with redness, swelling, and pus drainage.
  • Treatment may include antibiotics if the area is infected.
  • Part of your ingrown toenail may need to be surgically removed in a procedure called a partial nail plate avulsion. In most cases this should permanently prevent this problem from ever happening again.

 

4) Foot Surgery:

  • Our physicians are all hospital trained and on staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals in Chelsea, Howell, Ann Arbor & Brighton.
  • We have extensive training including thousands of cases of hammertoes, bunions, tendon and forefoot surgery.
  • Top trained & Board Certified surgeons in hammertoe surgery.
  • Top trained & Board Certified surgeons in bunion surgery.

 

5) Dermatology & Plastic Surgery:

  • Our physicians are all hospital trained and on staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals in Chelsea, Howell, Ann Arbor & Brighton.
  • We have extensive training including thousands of cases of biopsies, soft tissue mass surgery, plastic surgery, scar excision and various other techniques.
  • Top trained & Board Certified surgeons in foot dermatology & plastic surgery.

 

6) Foot Surgery: Toe, Foot & Ankle Fracture Repair:

  • Toe, foot & ankle fractures are surprisingly common injuries in your lower extremities. These can be caused by impacts with heavy stationary objects. Treatment methods vary depending on how severe your injury is.
  • Top trained & Board Certified surgeons in foot trauma, toe injuries, foot injuries and ankle fractures.
  • We are on staff and on call at all St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals in Chelsea, Howell, Ann Arbor & Brighton.

 

7) Flat Foot & Tendon Surgery:

  • Our physicians are all hospital trained and on staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals in Chelsea, Howell, Ann Arbor & Brighton.
  • We have extensive training including thousands of cases of flat foot, high arch foot, tendon ruptures and contractures and various other techniques.
  • Top trained & Board Certified surgeons in flat foot & tendon surgery of the foot.

 

8) Sports Medicine:

  • Win or lose sports can sometimes cause injury to the best athletes.
  • Sprained ankles, torn ligaments, shin splints (leg pain), knee pain, low back pain and other joint or muscle problems are common.
  • Running form, inappropriate or ill-fitting shoes can result in other issues including corns, calluses and Athlete’s foot.
  • Consistent self-care routines and regular visits with your podiatrist will help you maintain healthy pain free feet and treat small problems quickly so they don’t impact your sports performance or daily life.

 

9)Wound Care:

  • The goal of home health care is to treat an illness or injury.
  • Sometimes professional care in your home setting is the best – most efficient and effective way to treat a wound.
  • Talk to your podiatrist to see if Home Health Visits for Wound Care are the right option for you.

 

What does a podiatrist do? Other related services:

ESWT For Plantar Fasciitis

  • ESWT For Plantar Fasciitis is an extremely effective and proven therapy. This can be covered as part of your appointment and part of therapy with us!