You know that the podiatrist can help you treat common foot problems like athlete’s foot, fungal toenails and warts but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to podiatric possibilities. At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM, we want our patients to take advantage of all of the ways the foot doctor can help you improve your health and well being.
Podiatrists are the only healthcare professionals who completely focus on the anatomy, biomechanics, diseases, deformities and disorders of the feet and ankles. Training to care for the 26 bones, 33 joints, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments that make up a foot is highly specialized and as rigorous as any other physician’s education. In order to be called a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) a person must undergo four years of undergraduate college, 4 years of medical school and two to three years of residency as well as passing state and federal exams in order to be licensed to practice podiatric medicine.
In addition to treating common foot conditions and repairing injuries to the feet and ankles, here are some other ways the foot doctor can help you:
Provide individual shoe recommendations. Once our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco, has examined your feet and also watched you walk (your gait), looked at the wear pattern of your shoes and taken a complete medical history, he will have a very good idea about the best type of shoes for your feet. The podiatrist may also prescribe an orthotic device which fits inside your shoe and this, combined with properly designed and fitted shoes, can make sports and even daily activities like walking, standing and squatting much more comfortable.
Work with other specialists and doctors to ensure better overall health. Your feet often give a heads up about other systemic diseases that affect the entire body. Symptoms of diabetes, for example, or rheumatoid arthritis may first develop in the feet and the podiatrist will refer you to other doctors who can help manage these conditions. The podiatrist will also partner with those providers to coordinate your care and ensure the best possible outcomes.
Correct congenital deformities. Just because your grandmother had bunions or your Uncle Joe had the same one toe longer than the other that you do doesn’t mean that you have to suffer as they did. Advances in the field of podiatric medicine mean that there are many treatment options available—both surgical and conservative—that can greatly reduce and even eliminate pain and discomfort from these and other defects. Don’t suffer needlessly. Contact our Somers Point office today by calling: (609) 927-4894 and put yourself on the road to relief.