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Podiatry and the Training of a Podiatrist
A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) practices the medical, surgical, and biomechanical treatment of the human foot, ankle, and associated structures. Although we specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of problems affecting the foot and ankle, Doctors of Podiatric Medicine are also highly trained health care providers. We see people of all ages and are often the first medical specialists to diagnose systemic problems that affect the feet and ankles such as diabetes, gout, hypertension, immunodeficiencies, and arthritis. Four years of podiatric medical school is typically followed by 2 or 3 years of residency that certifies these doctors to function as partners in the larger medical community. Podiatric physicians (podiatrists) are medical professionals who exclusively specialize in treating the foot and ankle.
What does a podiatric physician do?
- Diagnoses lower extremity pathology such as tumors, ulcers, fractures, skin and nail diseases, and congenital and acquired deformities.
- Makes independent judgments, prescribes medications, utilizes x-rays, MRI, ultrasound and other laboratory tests for diagnostic purposes, and orders physical therapy.
- Treats conditions such as: corns, calluses, bunions, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, ingrown nails, cysts, bone disorders, and infections of the foot.
- Fits corrective inserts called orthotics that address walking patterns to improve the overall ability of effective and efficient ambulation.
- Provides consultations for the patient and for referring physicians regarding prevention of podiatric problems and possible treatments.
- Performs surgical correction of the foot including: hammertoes, clawtoes, bunions, fractures, infections, ruptured ligaments and tendons, and neuro-vascular abnormalities of the foot.
About The Arkansas Foot & Ankle Clinic
The Arkansas Foot and Ankle Clinic, established in 1966, is the largest and most comprehensive provider of lower extremity care in central Arkansas.
All of our surgeons are board certified and work toward the common goal of providing the highest standard of care for your family.
We treat the entire spectrum of foot and ankle disorders including ingrown nails, warts, hammertoes and bunions, nerve and tendon injuries, heel pain sports injuries and arthritis pain. Our clinics offer a full range of services for the diabetic patient from wound care to the expert fitting of therapeutic shoes. Our doctors utilize minimally invasive procedures for most conditions that allow our patients to quickly return to their active lifestyles.
The clinics are convenient and accessible to a majority of residents with a main location in Little Rock and offices in Conway, and Jacksonville. Our surgeons are on staff at most area hospitals and out-patient surgical facilities. The practice accepts all insurance plans including Medicare, Medicaid and Workman’s Compensation Claims.
Come see the difference four decades of experience make at the Arkansas Foot and Ankle Clinic.