What is a podiatrist?

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)

If you are suffering from pain in any part of your feet, ankles, or areas of your lower legs, you will want to visit a podiatrist. A podiatrist is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). Podiatrists study, diagnose, and treat conditions and injuries affecting your feet, ankles, or areas of your lower legs. Your primary care physician may refer you to a podiatrist if they suspect problems in your feet, ankles, and lower extremities.

Podiatrists complete a rigorous 4 years of podiatric medical school and then complete a 3-4 year hospital residency that specializes in foot and ankle surgery. After residency, podiatrists are certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Podiatrists can pursue specialized fellowship training and advanced certifications granted by various institutions. Podiatric surgeons, for example, are podiatrists who specialize in foot surgery. They are qualified or certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Like all doctors, podiatrists must be licensed to practice in the state they work in.

Conditions Podiatrists Treat

Podiatrists treat people of all ages (children included), and most podiatrists treat a variety of general foot and ankle conditions. These include heel pain, ingrown toenails, toenail fungus, bunions, plantar warts, hammertoes, flat feet, neuromas, arthritis, and diabetic foot. Many podiatrists specialize in specific foot concerns or areas of foot medicine. These include bunion removal or correction, wound care, orthotics, sports medicine, fractures, and pediatrics.

Podiatrists are true foot and ankle specialists. If you have any concerns about your feet, ankles, or lower extremities, consult with a local podiatrist.

Philly City Foot Doc

Kimberly Nguyen DPM PC

1311 South Street

Philadelphia, PA 19147

phone: (215) 471-0433

fax: (215) 471-0430

Philly City Foot Doc is the new home of

Wynnewood Foot and Ankle Center

Michael Walinsky, DPM

(*PLEASE NOTE: 4715 Pine St. location is now CLOSED)

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The information on this site is provided for your assistance only; this site does not provide podiatric advice. You should never diagnose or treat yourself for a podiatric condition based on the information provided herein, and the information is not provided for that purpose. Likewise, you should never determine that treatment is unnecessary based on this information. The information contained herein is not a substitute for podiatric care provided by a licensed podiatric professional. The information provided herein is not podiatric, medical or professional advice. This site does not create a doctor-patient relationship. If you are feeling ill, please call your primary care physician, or other healthcare provider. In the case of an emergency, please go to the nearest hospital.