Dr. Paul answers your often asked questions
Q: What is the difference between a podiatrist, podiatric physician and podiatric surgeon?
A: All these type of doctors are described as doctors of podiatric medicine or DPMs. All of these medical professionals are qualified to treat foot and ankle problems.
Q: How much education do DPMs receive?
A: DPMs receive training comparable to medical doctors which typically include four years of undergraduate education, four years of graduate school and 2-3 years of post grad hospital based training.
Q: Are serious illnesses ever diagnosed by podiatrists?
A: Frequently they are. Diabetes, heart disease, obesity, arthritis and peripheral arterial disease are often diagnosed as a result of conditions that involve the feet and ankles. Podiatrists are trained to detect such conditions and help you avoid complications with early treatment.
Q: What areas do podiatrists specialize in?
A: Like most doctors many have their own areas of interest. Many specialize in surgery, sports medicine, geriatrics or orthopedics.