Foot Health Resources
We’ve provided links to valuable foot and ankle information on the Internet along with other informational resources we hope you find helpful.
What Is a Podiatrist?
“Podiatrist” is the medical term for a physician who is a specialist and surgeon commonly known as a “foot doctor” or “foot specialist.” A podiatrist is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and is the only healthcare professional whose total training focuses on the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg.
A podiatrist obtains an undergraduate degree and afterward spends four years studying podiatric medicine to obtain a doctorate degree. Podiatrists then participate in three years of post-graduate hospital residency training at an approved hospital or university, which is similar to the training other physicians do.
To receive state licensing, a podiatrist must pass a national and state examination. For podiatric surgeons to receive certification by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, they must pass a credentialing and examination process and demonstrate knowledge of podiatric surgery, including diagnosing general medical problems and surgical management of diseases, deformities and trauma of the foot, ankle and related body structures. Dr. Sciortino is a board certified podiatric surgeon.
A podiatrist is more qualified than any other type of medical doctor to help you take care of your feet. Common conditions podiatrists treat include bunions, heel pain, hammer toes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, curly toes and other foot conditions.
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