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Educational Requirements for a Podiatrist

Tuesday, 08 June 2021 00:00

If you have ever considered seeing an expert for your foot or ankle pain, then you have likely come across the term “podiatrist.” A podiatrist is a doctor that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and management of foot and ankle problems. Podiatrists will have the letters DPM following their name. These letters stand for “doctor of podiatric medicine.” To become a DPM, future podiatrists must first earn a bachelor’s degree and finish a doctor of podiatric medicine program. The podiatrist must then complete a residency in podiatric medicine, before earning a license that allows them to practice podiatry. All together, this takes approximately 11 years. When you visit a podiatrist, you can rest assured that they will have the educational background and training needed to help you. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, please seek the care of a podiatrist.  

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Dr. Steven Snider from Snider & Associates, Inc.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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