What is Podiatry?

Podiatry is the science of foot and ankle medicine. Podiatric physicians (Podiatrists) spend four years in medical school learning the anatomy of the foot and ankle; learning about how the foot and ankle work to allow a person to walk; and learning how to diagnose and repair foot and ankle problems. After medical school, Podiatric physicians undergo rigorous training in the areas of Podiatric medicine and Podiatric surgery at some of our nation's premier institutions.

Many health problems of the body are often diagnosed first in the foot. Diabetes is a good example. Patients often experience numbness, burning, and/or a tingling sensation in their feet and legs over a period of time. The Podiatric physician will perform an evaluation before referring a patient to an Endocrinologist for a final diagnosis of diabetes. Thus, all parts of the body work together.

As the saying goes, "When your feet hurt, your whole body hurts!"