Common Questions

Answers to Common Questions

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What is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine?

A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is a doctor specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders resulting from injury or disease. A DPM makes diagnoses, prescribes medications and performs surgery.

What is a difference between a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and an Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon?

Although both types of surgeons operate on all foot and ankle pathology, only a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine can be Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Do podiatrists encounter patients with serious illnesses?

On a daily basis, podiatrists treat foot and ankle conditions of patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis, obesity, heart disease, and peripheral arterial disease. These illnesses can lead to serious foot and ankle problems. With proper treatment from a podiatrist, more serious complications may be avoided.

Do podiatrists have areas of specialty on which they focus?

Within the field of podiatric medicine and surgery, podiatrists can focus on specialty areas such as sports medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, limb salvage and wound care.

Do our physicians specialize and treat pediatric patients?

Yes, all four of our physicians treat and care for pediatric patients.

What is the difference between a bunion and hammer toe?

Bunions are a deformity that causes a bump to grow on the side of the big toe, and the big toe to point toward the second toe. Hammer toe deformity is a common deformity of the second, third or fourth toes that cause them to contract, bend down and "hammer."