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Foot Specialists can be divided into three main types – podiatric surgeons, podiatric physicians, and podiatrists.
All these different types of specialist have finished their education in order to become qualified in this type of medicine. Podiatric qualifications will often be indicated by abbreviations following the specialists name, such as ‘DPM’. As far as the basic education is concerned there is no difference at all between these types of specialist. The different names on their nameplates are essentially meant to convey the kind of care that they specialize in.
They have different kind of specializations, such as:
● geriatric podiatry
● primary care
● pediatric podiatry
● surgical podiatry
● sports medicine
Just as with medical doctors, podiatrists undergo four years of training when they are undergraduates.
This is followed by four further years of graduate schooling. This period of education is normally completed at medical colleges that specialise in podiatry. After their formal education is done they spend several years working as trainees and resident doctors in hospitals. This is part of their postgraduate education.
The answer to this is basically dependent on the particular area where the specialist is practicing. For example, in some states of the United States of America (USA) these doctors are only allowed to treat your feet and nothing else.
In some states they can treat the feet and ankle. In other states a podiatrist can also treat ailments above the ankle as well.
Yes, Foot Specialists are capable of offering critical care. In fact, most of the people who visit these specialists are suffering from the chronic forms of their respective ailments. It is possible that the ailments in questions are making a direct impact on the condition of their feet.
It could also be the case that ailments are causing complications that are affecting the patient’s feet. For example there is a link between diabetes and peripheral neuropathy. If it is not handled the right way it can lead to the patient’s feet being amputated.
When you are buying a health insurance plan do check if it covers visits to podiatric specialists or not.
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Thoughts and advice on foot health care from the Podogo team.