So you trip and fall walking your dog one afternoon and your ankle swells up... What do you do?
B. Go to the emergency room
C. Leave it alone, it'll probably be fine
D. See a podiatrist
If you selected B, you are probably right, as you might want to see a doctor right away depending on the severity. But after you are discharged, you definitely will want to see a podiatrist for your follow up care. Even selecting answer D right away and calling a local podiatrist can save you time & money and you can see someone who is specialized in those kinds of injuries.
So what is a podiatrist???
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) classifies a podiatrist as a doctor of podiatric medicine (very specific right?). In other words, a podiatrist is a physician who treats the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg. This can include preventative care and foot care management as well as acute injuries. Podiatrists complete 4 years of training in a medical school and three years of hospital residency training similar to that of other physicians. They can also focus in different fields such as surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care.
You may be wondering, why is all of this information important?? Well, your feet play a very important role in your daily life. Imagine if you lost your feet; what would you do? You'd have to rethink how you get around and perform your daily activities! Not only are they important, feet are very complex structures as they stabilize, absorb shock, and propel you into all of life's challenges. Avoiding problems such as wounds, fungus, callous buildup, imbalance, and flat feet are all things that a podiatrist can help you do through regular visits.
If you are interested in learning more about the role of feet in your health, please schedule an appointment with Lee Podiatry, where we'd like to help you take the first step towards feeling better! (239) 936-2454
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