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What Is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon?

Tuesday, 12 April 2022 00:00

Like a brain surgeon is a specialist in the field of medicine, a foot and ankle surgeon is a specialist in the field of podiatry. They have more education and training in the field of foot and ankle care than other healthcare providers. After graduation from college, they continue their education for four more years at an accredited podiatric medical school, graduating with a degree as Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). After that, similar to medical doctors, DPMs enter a 3-year residency in podiatric medicine and surgery to train in general medicine, general surgery and surgical specialties. They also must complete a large number of diverse foot and ankle surgeries before they can be certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is well-versed in detecting diseases (like diabetes, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease) that commonly affect the foot and ankle health of their patients, as well as dealing with foot and ankle ailments, injuries and conditions more common to the general public.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Milos Tomich, DPM from Dr. Tomich Foot & Ankle Health Center. 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 one of our offices located in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, WI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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