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What Podiatrists Do

Podiatrists are healthcare professionals specializing in diagnosing, treating, and preventing conditions affecting the feet, ankles, and lower extremities. They provide comprehensive care for foot-related issues, including injuries, deformities, infections, and chronic conditions like diabetes. Podiatrists can help people of all ages, from children to the elderly, offering services such as routine foot care, orthotic prescriptions, wound care, and surgical interventions when necessary. Unlike medical doctors, MDs, who focus on the entire body, podiatrists, DPMs, focus exclusively on the lower extremities, allowing them to develop specialized expertise in foot and ankle care. Their training includes four years of podiatric medical school followed by residency programs, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to address a wide range of podiatric issues effectively. If you are experiencing foot pain, discomfort, or any abnormalities in foot structure or function, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Henrietta Obidigbo, DPM from Jersey Foot and Ankle Clinic. 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 our office located in Freehold, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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