What is a Podiatrist?

Podiatrist“But that’s what podiatrists do. They deal in fungus. They’re knee-deep in fungus. This guy knows fungus.” This quote may sound familiar if you are a fan of Seinfeld…

And yes, it is true. A podiatrist is your go-to doctor for fungal toenails and athlete’s foot. But today’s podiatrist can offer so much more.

A podiatrist specializes in all aspects of the lower extremity below the knee. This classically includes toenails, heel pain, bunions, hammertoes, flat feet, arthritis, and fractures. Additionally, podiatrists deal with aspects of dermatology, neurology, plastic surgery, and complex reconstructive surgery of the lower extremity. This may include diagnosing and treating a melanoma, treating peripheral neuropathy, performing a skin or muscle flap to cover a wound, or even addressing a residual clubfoot deformity. Podiatrists play a crucial role in the management of diabetes and peripheral vascular disease as well. In fact, it is recommended that these patients see a podiatrist every 3 months for routine care.

Podiatrists employ many cutting edge techniques including stem cell injections, laser therapy, shockwave, minimally invasive surgery and 3D scanning of orthotics.

Whether a painful ingrown toenail or a complex deformity correction, a podiatrist can handle any problem that involves your foot or ankle. Let us help you at Bay Area Orthopaedic Specialists. Call to schedule your same day appointment with Dr. Troxell.

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