Podiatrists diagnose and treat conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, "Feet are complex anatomical structures, all-in-one stabilizers, shock-absorbers, and propulsion engines that are instrumental to overall health and well-being." (APMA)
As a result, an injury to the feet or lower leg structure can be debilitating - the inability to work or even be mobile. To be sure you’re seeing the most qualified medical professional to treat your feet, by look for the letters “DPM” after his or her name. The DPM means a physician has completed years of rigorous foot and ankle training in podiatric medical school and hospital-based residency training, making him or her uniquely qualified to care for this part of the body. (APMA)
At Broward Outpatient Medical Center, our Podiatry staff are DPM and board certified podiatric surgeons - we believe in only the best for our patients.
How do I know if I need a Podiatric Specialist?
If your leg or foot have been injured as a result of an accident, you should see a Podiatrist. Sure, a general physician can see injuries, but they are not specialists in the field, and they may not be able to diagnose underlying issues, or identify the best treatment, as they do not work in the field. A podiatrist is fully aware of these issues, and prepared to help your recover as much as possible, as quickly as possible.
If you or someone you love has been in an accident that resulted in injuries to the foot, ankle or leg, it is important to seek medical care promptly to prevent long term damage and ongoing pain.