What is a Podiatrist?

superior-examining-an-x-rayA podiatrist, also referred to as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of the conditions that affect the feet, ankles, and related anatomical structures. Podiatrists receive four years of training at podiatric medical school, rather than the general medical schools that MDs attend. This makes them the most qualified doctors to treat your feet and ankles. For good DPMs like fellow member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Dr. Vikki, or our reconstructive surgery specialist, Dr. Connie, no foot or ankle condition is beyond their ability to treat.

Podiatrists are a little different than a regular medical doctor, in that they train and prepare specifically for the care and maintenance of your feet, as well the prevention of some of the more annoying, if not terribly dangerous, issues like toenail and foot fungus. There is an incredibly wide range of specialty training that all podiatrists receive, but our outstanding doctors have gone above and beyond the norm and have specialized in many areas. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Sports Medicine
  • Biomechanics
  • Geriatrics
  • Internal Medicine
  • Diabetic Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Wound Care
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery

What is a PodiatristThere are several professional boards that offer certification to qualified podiatrists. For instance, Dr. Vikki is board certified with the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Connie is qualified in foot and ankle surgery from the same professional organization. Both are involved with a number of professional organizations, including the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Podiatric Medical Association. These associations work to encourage growth in the field of podiatry as a whole, as well as the growth of their constituent members. These types of professional activities and engagement in the field help to insure that our doctors are constantly up to date with the latest and greatest in treatments and preventatives for all of the maladies that affect your feet.

Podiatrists treat all the problems associated with the feet and ankles, including sprains, fractures, tendon injuries, infections, and cosmetic problems. The goal is to maintain the long-term functionality of your feet and ankles so that you can enjoy an active lifestyle well into your golden years. Foot pain and discomfort can severely limit or reduce your activity level, which can lead to other problems such as obesity, and even psychological issues such as depression as you become unable to participate in activities you once enjoyed. No one wants to see anything hold them back from a healthy, active life, and we’re here to make sure no one in the Long Beach area is held back by their feet.

Take Precautionary Measures & See Your Podiatrist

For further information on Superior Foot & Ankle Care Center, use our online form to schedule to meet with one of our specialists today.We have built a positive reputation as the number one choice for those looking for a “foot doctor” or podiatrist in the Long Beach area. We have helped hundreds of patients with issues ranging from aches and pains due to a sprain, to toenail fungus, and every malady and ailment in between. We know how important your feet are, to not only your overall health, but also your happiness. Give us a call today at 562-420-9800 and let us get your feet healthy and happy.