What Can a Podiatrist Help Me With?
Whether you have a temporary problem like athlete’s foot, a chronic condition like bunions, or a sprained ankle, if it affects your toes, feet, or ankles, a podiatrist is the right person to see. Podiatrists are doctors who are specifically trained to examine, diagnose, and treat a great many such problems. The following are reasons to make an appointment with a podiatrist: Foot or ankle pain from a sprain, strain, or fracture. Itchy feet that have developed blisters and perhaps cracked skin between the toes may probably have athlete’s foot. Blisters that are extremely painful and may be infected. Joint pain in the foot and ankle, especially if it impedes standing or walking. Diabetes is a major contributor to foot and ankle conditions that may threaten your limb or life, including peripheral neuropathy (numbness) and peripheral artery disease (blocking the flow of blood to the foot). Heel pain, of which plantar fasciitis is the most common, especially for athletes and people who stand for long periods of time. An ingrown toenail is a temporary problem that can become a major problem if ignored. A bunion occurs as a protruding bone that changes the alignment of your feet and becomes extremely painful. Corns and calluses cause thickened skin and usually develop from improper footwear that becomes painful. Broken bones, stress fractures, sprains, and strains of muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the foot and ankle. If any of these conditions are causing you pain or discomfort, please see a podiatrist.
If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to contact Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. Our Doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Is a Podiatrist?
A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.
What Do Podiatrists Do?
On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:
- Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
- Use innovative methods to treat conditions
- Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
- Correct walking patterns and balance
- Provide individual consultations to patients
It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions, so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.