What is a podiatrist?
A podiatrist is a licensed physician and surgeon, specializing in the examination, diagnosis, and treatment, both medically and surgically, of foot and ankle conditions.
The foot is a sophisticated system with 26 bones and 55 joints. Diagnosing and treating foot problems requires a thorough background in the anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the foot, in addition to the normal medical school curriculum.
The problems treated by podiatrists include corns, calluses, bunions, plantar warts, hammer toes, ingrown nails, gout, arch pain, heel pain, infections, parasites, circulatory problems, tumors, sprains, fractures, congenital foot deformities, degenerative changes … and a host of other problems that commonly affect the feet.