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Benefits of Becoming a Podiatrist

Tuesday, 09 May 2023 00:00

The job of a podiatrist is to treat foot conditions. These can include bunions, hammertoes, or a multitude of ailments that affect the lower extremities. A benefit of choosing podiatry as a career can be a desirable work-life balance. This may be a result of having limited emergencies and a predictable work schedule. The education requirements to become a podiatrist begins with obtaining a bachelor's degree, followed by enrolling in an accredited podiatry school. This will earn the potential doctor a degree that is called Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM. This will take four years to complete, and courses such as biology, anatomy, and pathology will be taught. After this is completed, a residency program begins for three years, giving the candidate an opportunity to interact with patients. People who are interested in pursuing a career in podiatry are urged to speak with this type of doctor, who can help them determine if this is a right choice for them.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Dr. Steven Schwartz from Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Chambersburg, and Mcconnellsburg, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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