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What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist diagnoses and treats conditions of the feet, ankles and related structures in the lower legs. They may also treat some conditions related to the lower back. A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), and may also be referred to as a foot doctor, foot and ankle surgeon or podiatric surgeon.

Podiatrists may be employed in private practices, hospitals or clinical centers, or they may choose to work in an academic setting at colleges of podiatric medicine. Others may be involved in hospital administration in addition to their podiatry duties.

What Does a Podiatrist Do?

A podiatrist performs various duties throughout their day, including performing thorough assessment exams and consulting with patients regarding their feet and lower legs.

A diagnosis is made by performing a physical exam, by using laboratory tests such as blood tests or urinalysis, with x-rays, and through other methods. The podiatrist treats common foot troubles such as bunions, as well as complex foot and ankle surgeries such as the removal of bone spurs. They also prescribe medications and provide follow-up care instructions and advice. Podiatrists will also prescribe medical devices such as orthotics and arch supports in order to improve mobility and treat lower leg ailments and pain.

Some common foot and lower leg ailments treated by a podiatrist include ingrown toenails, cysts and tumors, flat feet, warts, corns, calluses, sprains and fractures and skin disorders such as plantar warts. In addition, they also treat foot deformities and walking or foot planting issues, or abnormal posture or gait. Foot deformities may result from birth defects or may be caused by neglect or damage, are also treated by a podiatrist.

Often, larger health issues such as arthritis or diabetes are often diagnosed through symptoms first seen by a podiatrist. Diabetic neuropathy is a condition in which indiscriminate cuts or sores on the feet become infected or cause muscle damage. In such cases, a podiatrist will involve another specialist to provide comprehensive medical treatment to the patient and treat the root cause of the foot, ankle or leg disorder.

Podiatry Sub-Specialty Fields

Podiatry itself is considered a medical specialty, but there are a number of subspecialties within the field of podiatry as well. Primary care podiatry focuses on podiatric conditions as related to the total family healthcare environment, and podiatric sports medicine treats foot and ankle injuries commonly occurring among athletes.

Pediatric care podiatrists treat children and adolescents including those with congenital foot defects. Surgical podiatrists focus on advanced surgical techniques, including foot and ankle reconstruction after injury. They are trained to utilize modern operative procedures to alleviate various foot, ankle and leg problems.

Wound care and management is a podiatry sub-specialty that focuses on the care and prevention of wounds, ulcers and injuries of the lower extremities, particularly as related to diabetes and other chronic diseases. Podiatric orthopedics is also known as biomechanics. These podiatrists offer non-surgical treatment of foot and leg structures and functions through special gear such as foot braces. There are also specialties in geriatrics, dermatology, vascular medicine, diabetes and other areas.

Basics of Foot Health

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), most Americans have logged approximately 75,000 miles on their feet by the time they reach the age of 50. Simply walking throughout the day exerts a force on the feet to is equal to several hundred tons. Nearly 50% of all Americans experience issues or disorders with their feet at some point throughout their life. It is not a surprise that many Americans need podiatry services for the prevention and treatment of foot disorders.

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Arthritis occurs when the cartilage or lining of the joints become inflamed and begin to swell. The human foot has 33 joints, so arthritis in the foot is a common foot condition seen by podiatrists.

Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Podiatrists are involved in helping patients manage diabetes successfully and help them avoid foot-related diabetic complications. Diabetic wound care is necessary when the disease causes ulcers or open sores on the bottom of the feet. Hypertension (or high blood pressure) and vascular disease are also disorders a podiatrist will be involved in treating.

Other cardiovascular diseases that may involve a podiatrist are peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and peripheral neuropathy. PAD is caused by a blockage or narrowing of the arteries in the legs, and peripheral neuropathy is the damage of peripheral nerves such as in the toes and fingertips. Diabetes can also contribute to peripheral neurology.

Foot and Ankle Injuries

Podiatrists frequently treat sprains, strains and fractures of the feet, ankles and lower legs. A sprain is a soft tissue injury and a fracture is a break in the bone. Because the feet and ankles work together to provide support and mobility to the body, a foot or ankle injury can significantly affect a patient’s mobility.

Muscle and Tendon Problems

Muscle and tendon issues in the feet or ankles may involve deformities or heel pain. The heel bone is the largest bone in the human foot, so heel pain can cause significant discomfort for the patient. Tendonitis occurs when a tendon is inflamed. Achilles tendonitis is one of the most common forms of tendonitis seen by a podiatrist.

Skin Disorders

A variety of skin disorders are also treated by a podiatrist. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection commonly found on feet because of the warm, dark environment created by shoes. Corns and calluses and psoriasis are also treated by a podiatrist. Skin cancer can also develop on the feet and ankles, and it may be difficult to notice because most skin cancers on the feet are painless.

Hyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating of the feet. This can be an indication of a more serious issue, and the hyperhidrosis may occur in the palms as well. Plantar warts are also commonly treated by a podiatrist. They can be extremely painful depending on their location on the foot, although they can be in any location.

Toe Joint and Nerve Disorders

A bunion is when the joint at the base of the big toe is enlarged which can cause the tissue or bone around the joint to move out of place. Hammer toe is when the toe is bent at the top joint of the toe. Some bending can be so severe the toe is in the shape of a “V” when viewed from the side. Neuromas are also referred to as pinched nerves or nerve tumors, and they can be extremely painful.

Toenail Issues

Ingrown toenails are a common impairment treated by podiatrists. They can often lead to irritation, redness and swelling. A fungal infection underneath the toenails can cause degradation of the nail quality and color.

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The History of Podiatry

Transportation by foot is a natural human trait (Pearson, 2017). Humans are unique in that we are bipedic, thus traveling on two feet. Feet take us everywhere, and they are extremely sensitive structures comprised of multiple bones with varying functions. They are sensitive, so much so that the sensory cortex of our brain devotes a disproportionate degree of cells to monitor pain, pressure and sensation (Pearson, 2017). Although not completely recognized, psychology is an important aspect of podiatry.

Ancient Beginnings of Podiatry

Historical evidence recovered in scrolls and tomb paintings suggest that people in Ancient Egypt suffered from various foot conditions. Ankmohor was a celebrated physician to the Egyptian Kings, and the entrance to his tomb contained markings depicting therapies to the hands and feet. He may have been one of the first podiatrists (or chiropodists) in history.

The introduction of footwear in the colder regions of the Northern Hemisphere would have led to an increase in foot disorders such as corns and callouses. This would have been the case as footwear developed as a fashion status and not necessarily for comfort or practicality.

The “father of medicine”, Hippocrates (460BCE – 370BCE), invented scrapers to reduce hard skin and callous, and his original scalpels are much like those used today (Pearson, 2017). Hippocrates is also known for a saying meaning “for those whose feet hurts everything hurts.” Paul of Egina (615-690 AD) defined corns as white circular bodies like the head of the nail, which formed on all parts of the body but were particularly present on the soles of the feet and toes.

The Roman Era

Romans tensed to view disease as spiritual affliction which was susceptible to incantations (Pearson, 2017). During this era, people would offer terracotta models in the shape of a foot to the gods for alleviation of their foot pain. During the reign of Henry VIII the ‘Quacks Act’ was introduced, which prevented the selling and administration of any substance used to alleviate outward sores and wounds (Pearson, 2017). This included conditions associated with the foot and any other body part. Of course, people just made their own homemade treatments for foot ailments and other issues.

Another issue during this time were the beliefs that foot deformities correlated to demonic possession, and many people, including children, were killed because of this belief.

The Emergence of Chiropodists

David Low wrote ‘Chiropodologia or a Scientific Enquiry into the Causes of Corns, Warts, Bunions and Other Painful or Offensive Cutaneous Excrescences’ after translating a 1781 French text by Nicholas-Laurent La Forest entitled ‘L’Art de Soignre les Pieds’ (Pearson, 2017). It was actually identified later that Low plagiarized the French text, so although he was the first to mention the term, he was only the first to do so in the English language.

During the 17th century, many aristocrats and wealthy people received podiatry services, known as chiropodist services at the time. In the 1700s, most of the services involved corn cutting, and the practitioners were referred to as corn cutters by some. These practitioners were highly regarded and were recommended for relieving foot pain.

The 1800s

The 1800s saw even more advances in the profession of chiropody. Textbooks were written and published by practicing chiropodists including Hyman Lion in 1802 with Treatise in Corns and Lewis Durlacher in 1845 with his complete text describing the treatment and care of various foot conditions.

Lewis Durlacher was the practitioner to George IV, William IV and Queen Victoria. He was the first to suggest that chiropodists should be regulated and their title protected. He also attempted to establish ‘a dispensary for diseases incidental to feet … for the gratuitous treatment of the needy’ which, in 1913, would become the London Foot Hospital (Pearson, 2017).

Durlacher wrote multiple texts on disorders and conditions related to the foot. His most significant work, perhaps, was his Treatise on Corns, Bunions, the Diseases of Nails and the General Management of the Feet. This publication was considered a definitive work and was referred to by chiropodists throughout England. By 1880, there were over 40 practicing chiropodists in England.

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The practice of chiropody spread throughout Europe and began in the United States with an English settler by the name of Isachar Zacharie, who began practicing his profession in New York and eventually in Washington DC. Zacharie was the chiropodist to President Abraham Lincoln, and President Lincoln wrote in 1862 that Dr. Zacharie successfully operated on Lincoln’s feet and added to his comfort (Pearson, 2017).

At President Lincoln’s request, Zacharie traveled to New Orleans to help stabilize Jewish support for the Union in the Civil War. While in New Orleans, he treated approximately 15,000 soldiers with extremely ravaged foot disorders and conditions. Although he submitted a bill to the War Department after the war, he was never paid for his services.

The United States took the global lead in officially recognizing chiropody as a profession requiring a collective representation when, in 1895, the Society of Chiropodists was founded in New York. Its first official Journal was published in 1907, and the first school podiatry school was opened in 1911. This led to the continuing development of podiatry, and many educational and academic institutions followed suit.

Modern Podiatry

In 1984, the American Podiatry Association became known as the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA, 2017). The focus of the APMA is to bring awareness to podiatry as a professional medical field, in addition to developing the field as a profession. The APMA is currently headquartered in Bethesda, MD and they are considered the leading resource for foot and ankle health information.

Modern podiatry is focused on education and specialized training, in addition to the treatment of all foot, ankle and lower leg disorders. They treat problems from corns and calluses to foot disorders caused by diabetes or hypertension, in addition to traumatic or sports injuries.

How to Become a Podiatrist

An aspiring podiatrist will have to complete an undergraduate education in addition to a 4-year podiatry program, followed by a residency. A podiatrist must be licensed in order to legally treat patients, and some may receive additional education and training through a fellowship before they begin to practice. A Doctor of Pediatric Medicine (DPM) degree will be rewarded to the students who complete the extensive education and training required.

Undergraduate Degree

The required education and training takes approximately 10 years to complete. Undergraduate degrees in pre-medical or other science (biology, chemistry, physics) help the student prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) exam, although there are no specific requirements for the undergraduate degree major. Some students choose to major in humanities or social sciences (sociology, psychology, anthropology, foreign language or literature) as well.

It is extremely competitive for medical school acceptance. Volunteering at local hospitals or other medical centers during the undergraduate years is recommended to obtain hands-on experience in the health care profession. Some aspiring proctologists complete a Master’s degree program prior to applying to medical school in order to display additional education and training on their medical school application.

There are currently only 9 programs in the United States that are accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine, which makes acceptance incredibly competitive.

Medical School

The first two years of medical school includes coursework in anatomy, biochemistry, medical law and ethics, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology and psychology. Additional training may include procedures for physical examinations, examining medical histories and diagnostic testing. The last two years of most medical schools consists of hands-on experience under the supervision of a licensed physician. Rotations allow students to receive training in a variety of areas including internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery.

A podiatry medical program is specialized, and the last two years often consist of podiatry-specific courses such as lower-extremity biomechanics, lower-limb anatomy and podiatric trauma. Clinical rotations in a podiatry program include radiology, podiatric surgery, clinical anatomy, neuroscience, biomechanics, pharmacology and pathology.

Residency Program

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Most states require completion of a 1- to 3-year postdoctoral residency program and continuing medical education (CME) for license renewal. Residents receive advanced training in podiatric medicine and surgery and perform clinical rotations in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, orthopedic and general surgery, pathology and radiology. Residency programs also involve biomechanics, orthopedics, wound care, medicine and surgery.

Licensing and Certification

A podiatrist must be licensed in the state they wish to practice in, although some states will accept licensing from other states. To obtain a license, a podiatrist must take and pass a written and oral or clinical examination. The licensing organization for podiatry is the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME) in most states.

The American Board of Podiatric Medicine and the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons both offer certification to licensed podiatrists. Certification typically requires continuing education, which is available through medical seminars and workshops.

The ABPM is the certifying organization for the profession of podiatry and podiatric orthopedics, and the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) is the certifying board for podiatrists specializing in foot and ankle surgery.

Podiatry Job Prospects

Podiatrists may work in private or group practices, hospitals or outpatient care facilities, while others may work in nursing homes or extended-care facilities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a job growth of up to 23% by the year 2022, which is much faster than the average across other occupations. A recent workforce study indicates that the nation’s eight colleges of podiatric medicine would have to triple their graduates between now and 2014 in order to meet growing population demands (IPMA, 2017).

This expected growth is due in part to the increased incidence of diabetes and heart disease in addition to an aging population. The average salary for a podiatrist in the United States is over $137,000, and the median salary is over $116,000. There are currently 15,000 podiatrists licensed in the US. In 2002, podiatrists provided close to 40 percent of all foot care services in the United States, compared to 13 percent for orthopedic physicians and 37 percent for all other physicians, including primary care doctors (IPMA, 2017).

The current podiatry workforce has an average age of 45, which indicates a higher average age than the overall workforce in the US. This is another factor to consider if you are thinking of pursuing a career in podiatry. Podiatrists report a high level of job satisfaction because of flexible schedules and desirable salaries.

In 2007, podiatric medicine placed 15th on Forbes survey of "America’s 25 Best Paying Jobs." In addition, podiatry’s working conditions in comparison to other medicalspecialties offer more options in practice structure, giving both those seeking an engaging, always-on-callatmosphere in a hospital emergency room and those looking for a more laid-back, family-friendly schedule theopportunity to each thrive in their respective workplaces (IPMA, 2017).

Other Skills for Podiatrists

In addition to extensive education and training, a podiatrist will need additional skills to be successful in their profession. Other skills needed to be a successful podiatrist are an interest in working with people and good interpersonal skills, an aptitude for science, critical thinking skills, academic ability and ambition, comfort with instruments and precision equipment and detail-oriented. A podiatrist must have scientific aptitude as well as the ability to communicate with patients and coordinate with other medical specialists.


APMA – American Podiatric Medical Association. What is a Podiatrist? 2017. Retrieved October 10, 2017 from: Podiatry Training Programs and Requirements. 2017. Retrieved October 10, 2017 from:

Pearson, John. A Brief History of Chiropody and Podiatry. January 18, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2017 from:

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IPMA – Illinois Podiatric Medical Association. Careers in Podiatric Medicine, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2017 from:


Is it better to go to a podiatrist or orthopedist? ›

As a general guideline, if you have an injury, condition, or symptoms affecting your foot or ankle health, it's best to see a podiatrist. If you have an injury, condition, or symptoms affecting any other part of your musculoskeletal system, it's best to see an orthopedic physician.

Do podiatrists handle ankle issues? ›

Both podiatrists and orthopaedic surgeons are qualified to treat foot and ankle conditions, surgically and non-surgically.

Who cares for problems in ankles and feet? ›

—a visit to the podiatrist is your best bet. A podiatrist is a specialist who manages and treats almost all symptoms that involve the ankle and/or the foot. If you are experiencing any of the following problems or symptoms, it's time to make an appointment to see a podiatrist. Numbness, pain or swelling in one foot.

What is the difference between a foot doctor and a podiatrist? ›

Podiatrists attend podiatry school and typically complete a brief residency thereafter. As such, podiatrists are not medical doctors (MDs). While orthopaedic surgeons and podiatrists both may treat foot and ankle problems, the orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon is qualified to address a more complex level of problems.

What foot conditions do podiatrists treat? ›

Conditions and Injuries Treated By Podiatrists
  • Foot pain.
  • Plantar fasciitis.
  • Achilles tendonitis or rupture.
  • Foot and ankle arthritis.
  • Corns, calluses, and blisters.
  • Dry and cracked heel.
  • Heel spurs.
  • Thickened and ingrown or infected toenails.
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Can a podiatrist prescribe pain medication? ›

A podiatrist can administer medication and order tests.

A podiatrist understands the anatomy and what is needed to heal the structure. They can order tests such as MRI's, CT's to establish a diagnosis, give medications as needed for pain, immobilize the structure or perform surgery if needed.

What will an orthopedic doctor do for ankle pain? ›

In most cases, your orthopedic surgeon will explore all non-surgical treatments before choosing to operate. Among the non-surgical treatments and therapies for foot and ankle conditions are: Bracing, splinting or casting the foot/ankle. Using supports like crutches or other assistive devices.

What can you do for ankle pain? ›

  1. rest and raise your ankle when you can.
  2. put an ice pack (or bag of frozen peas) wrapped in a towel on your ankle for up to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours.
  3. wear wide comfortable shoes with a low heel and soft sole.
  4. use soft insoles or heel pads in your shoes.
  5. wrap a bandage around your ankle to support it.

Why are podiatrists not doctors? ›

Podiatrists are doctors, but they don't go to traditional medical school. They have their own schools and professional associations. They also have "DPM" (doctor of podiatric medicine) after their names instead of "MD" (medical doctor).

What is the best painkiller for foot pain? ›

Oral analgesic medications such as acetaminophen (paracetamol) or aspirin are often the first line choice for quick relief of foot pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen are also often recommended and can help to reduce inflammation at the same time.

What is the most common problem treated by podiatrist? ›

The most common foot problem that a podiatrist treats is heel pain. Heel pain can be caused by a variety of different conditions, such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis. Treatment for heel pain often includes things like stretching exercises, orthotic devices, or cortisone injections.

Why do the bottom of my feet hurt when I walk? ›

Pain in the bottom of your foot is often caused by exercise, such as running, wearing shoes that are too tight or a condition, such as Morton's neuroma. Some people also have a foot shape that puts extra pressure on the bottom of the foot. Hard or cracked skin or a verruca can also cause this type of pain.

Who is the best foot and ankle surgeon in the US? ›

Alan MacGill, Named One of U.S.'s Top Foot & Ankle Surgeons in 2020 by BECKER'S. Alan A. MacGill, DPM, our board-certified foot and ankle surgeon at Spine & Orthopedic Center, has been named one of the Top 38 Foot & Ankle Surgeons to Know in 2020.

What does a podiatrist do on first visit? ›

When you are called the Podiatrist will bring you in to the clinical room and discuss the problem and any underlying issues that are present, including a detailed medical history.

Can a podiatrist help with foot pain? ›

What can a podiatrist do to help my foot pain? A podiatrist will usually be able to diagnose the cause of your foot pain and offer a treatment plan. Podiatrists have specialist knowledge with managing pain related to musculoskeletal problems, where abnormal mechanics in the foot lead to tissue damage and pain.

What are common foot problems in older adults? ›

Some of the most common foot problems in older adults include bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, ingrown, thickened or discolored nails, diabetic foot conditions, poor circulation, and heel pain. Regular visits to a podiatrist can help you maintain your foot health as you age.

Does a podiatrist deal with the legs? ›

A podiatrist -- officially known as a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) — is trained to treat issues in the foot, ankle, and lower leg. They can help your limb work the way it should, reduce pain, and speed healing after an injury or surgery.

Can podiatrist prescribe hydrocodone? ›

Results of this study show that Podiatric Surgeons prescribe hydrocodone/acetaminophen most commonly after surgery, with most prescribing opioids for less than 2 weeks.

Can podiatrists give cortisone shots? ›

A typical procedure for cortisone injections in the foot

Following the evaluation of the patient's condition and the diagnosis, the podiatrist may opt for cortisone injections.

Are podiatrist doctors? ›

A podiatrist is a type of physician who specialises in diagnosing, treating and preventing foot, ankle and lower leg problems. The specific types of problems that a podiatrist commonly has to deal with are disfigured, injured or diseased feet.

Which doctor is best for ankle pain? ›

If you do see a podiatrist, often they will refer you to an orthopedic specialist if your foot or ankle pain is difficult to diagnose, complex, or it is suspected that your injury or pain originates from a different part of the body such as the hip or knee.

What is a foot specialist called? ›

Podiatrists are highly trained medical specialists who focus specifically on the foot and ankle. Their area of expertise includes diagnosis, treatment and helping you to keep your feet in a healthy condition. Podiatrists treat patients of all ages in all health care settings.

Why is my ankle paining without injury? ›

Your ankle has two fluid-filled sacs, or bursa, that cushion the space between the tendons and bones. They can get inflamed from arthritis, overuse, high-heeled shoes, recent footwear changes, or starting workouts again after time off. Your ankle may feel stiff, tender, warm, and swollen.

How do I stop my ankles from hurting when I walk? ›

To help reduce ankle pain, make sure to rest and ice your ankle for 15 to 20 minutes three times a day. Don't put any weight on it, and try a compression bandage to help reduce swelling. It's also helpful to elevate your leg at or above the level of your heart to reduce swelling.

Is walking good for ankle pain? ›

Resting your feet wherever possible by not running, walking or standing for too long can help to avoid any more inflammation. Wearing comfortable shoes with good arch support will also reduce the strain on your feet. Painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can help to control the pain.

Why does my ankles hurt when I walk? ›

The most common causes include injury, arthritis and normal wear and tear. Depending on the cause, you may feel pain or stiffness anywhere around the ankle. Your ankle may also swell, and you may not be able to put any weight on it. Usually, ankle pain gets better with rest, ice and over-the-counter pain medications.

What does DPM stand for in podiatry? ›

Whether we are athletic or just pursuing the joy of an active and independent life, we have doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs) to keep us able and agile. DPMs, also called podiatrists, diagnose and treat disorders, diseases, and injuries of the foot, ankle, and lower extremities.

What is a leg specialist called? ›

A podiatrist diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, leg, and their surrounding structures. Podiatrists have specialized training to care for these parts of your body properly.

DO podiatrists treat toenail fungus? ›

Your podiatrist can help you take care of not only your feet and ankles, but also your toenails. One very common condition that podiatrists treat are fungal toenail infections.

What can you do for severe foot pain? ›

Rest, ice, and elevate your foot. Wear stiff-soled shoes or foot pads to relieve pressure. Take pain relievers. If you're still in pain, talk to your doctor.
To treat it:
  1. Change to better-fitting footwear. ...
  2. Do stretches for your toes and toe joints.
  3. Try shoe inserts.
  4. Ask your doctor about surgery.
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Is heat or cold better for foot pain? ›

Generally, cold therapy should be used for acute injuries and foot pain as ice constricts blood vessels and swelling. Heat has the opposite effect. Applying heat to an area increases blood flow and relaxes the muscles and encourages an extended range of motion.

Can Voltaren Gel be used for foot pain? ›

Voltaren Emulgel helps with the relief of localized traumatic inflammation and pain such as foot and ankle pain. Foot and ankle pain is very common, probably because of all the use our feet get.

What are two of the most common issues at the foot and ankle complex? ›

Five Common Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Achilles Tendonitis or Tear. The largest tendon in the body, the Achilles connects the two primary calf muscles to the bone in the heel. ...
  • Ankle Sprain. ...
  • Stress Fractures of the Foot. ...
  • Fractures of the Ankle. ...
  • Plantar Fasciitis.
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What diseases affect your feet? ›

10 Common Foot Disorders
  • Athlete's foot.
  • Blisters.
  • Bunions.
  • Plantar fasciitis.
  • Gout.
  • Ingrown toenails.
  • Corns and calluses.
  • Stone bruises.
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What diseases affect the toes? ›

Certain diseases, such as severe arthritis, can cause toe problems and pain. Gout often causes pain in the big toe.
Common toe problems include :
  • Corns and bunions.
  • Ingrown toenails.
  • Sprains and dislocations.
  • Fractures (broken bones)
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Can foot pain be related to heart problems? ›

Burning or Swelling in the Feet

Sensations of burning or visible swelling could indicate kidney, heart or circulatory problems. Foot Pain and burning in the feet is an indication that your circulation is not functioning well.

What are the signs of arthritis in your feet? ›

Symptoms of foot and ankle arthritis often include:
  • Tenderness when you touch the joint.
  • Pain when you move it.
  • Trouble moving, walking, or putting weight on it.
  • Joint stiffness, warmth, or swelling.
  • More pain and swelling after you rest, such as sitting or sleeping.
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How should I walk to Prevent foot pain? ›

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Should I see a podiatrist or orthopedist for Achilles tendonitis? ›

These two parts of the body are often intertwined in terms of symptoms, cause, and treatment. If you're experiencing Achilles tendonitis, you should definitely seek the assistance of a professional podiatrist who is trained to understand the causes and remedies for this discomfort.

Can a podiatrist help with foot pain? ›

What can a podiatrist do to help my foot pain? A podiatrist will usually be able to diagnose the cause of your foot pain and offer a treatment plan. Podiatrists have specialist knowledge with managing pain related to musculoskeletal problems, where abnormal mechanics in the foot lead to tissue damage and pain.

What does a podiatrist do on first visit? ›

When you are called the Podiatrist will bring you in to the clinical room and discuss the problem and any underlying issues that are present, including a detailed medical history.

When should I see a podiatrist for foot pain? ›

When to see a doctor. Most people experience sore feet from time to time, but it's wise to see a podiatrist if your feet regularly ache or swell. Everything from poorly fitting shoes to arthritis can cause foot pain. A podiatrist can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment options to relieve your foot pain.

Which doctor is best for ankle pain? ›

If you do see a podiatrist, often they will refer you to an orthopedic specialist if your foot or ankle pain is difficult to diagnose, complex, or it is suspected that your injury or pain originates from a different part of the body such as the hip or knee.

Can a podiatrist treat ankle pain? ›

As such, podiatrists (DPMs) are not medical doctors (MDs). They both treat foot and ankle problems, however an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon is qualified to address more complex problems.

What type of doctor treats ankle tendonitis? ›

A podiatrist is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). A podiatrist has specialized training to treat disorders of the foot and ankle.

What is the best painkiller for foot pain? ›

Oral analgesic medications such as acetaminophen (paracetamol) or aspirin are often the first line choice for quick relief of foot pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen are also often recommended and can help to reduce inflammation at the same time.

Who is the best person to see for foot pain? ›

A podiatrist is an expert on every part of the foot. See a podiatrist if you have foot pain or injury. Get urgent medical care if you have any of these symptoms for more than one or two days: severe pain.

What is the most common problem treated by podiatrist? ›

The most common foot problem that a podiatrist treats is heel pain. Heel pain can be caused by a variety of different conditions, such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis. Treatment for heel pain often includes things like stretching exercises, orthotic devices, or cortisone injections.

What happens at a podiatry assessment? ›

The podiatrist will then give you an expert examination of your foot and lower leg to check your blood flow, feeling, sensation and strength. They will identify any area of concern, including deformities such as bunion or hammertoes, muscle weakness and skin and nail changes.

What questions should I ask a podiatrist? ›

  • Why Do I Have Foot Numbness? ...
  • Why Do I Have Cold Feet? ...
  • Why Do I Have Itchy, Flaky Skin on My Feet? ...
  • Why Do I Have Heel Pain? ...
  • Why Do I Have Discolored Nails? ...
  • Why Do I Have a Painful Big Toe? ...
  • Why Do I Have a Hammer Toe?

Do podiatrists check blood pressure? ›

As part of your visit, your podiatrist may check your vital signs—height, weight, and blood pressure. Your podiatrist will conduct a careful examination to determine if there is lower than normal temperature in any of the extremities, absence of normal skin color, or diminished circulation in the feet.

When is foot pain serious? ›

Seek immediate medical attention if you:

Have severe pain or swelling. Have an open wound or a wound that is oozing pus. Have signs of infection, such as redness, warmth and tenderness in the affected area or you have a fever over 100 F (37.8 C) Are unable to walk or put weight on your foot.

What does it mean when the outside edge of your foot hurts? ›

Lateral foot pain is pain on the outer side of the foot. This is oftentimes tied to cuboid syndrome, which is when the bone on the outside of the foot shifts out of place. Torn joints and ligaments typically cause the bone to shift. This can happen over time or suddenly due to an ankle sprain.

Why does the bottom of my foot hurt? ›

Pain in the bottom of your foot is often caused by exercise, such as running, wearing shoes that are too tight or a condition, such as Morton's neuroma. Some people also have a foot shape that puts extra pressure on the bottom of the foot. Hard or cracked skin or a verruca can also cause this type of pain.


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