Frequently Asked Questions
A podiatrist is a licensed physician trained to treat all disorders and ailments of the lower leg, foot, and ankle.
You should call a podiatrist for any complaint of the lower leg, foot, and ankle.
To obtain the title DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine), an individual must attend and complete a specialized four-year medical school. After obtaining a DPM degree, podiatrists will need to complete a residency program varying from one to three years in length depending upon the time of their entry into the profession.
Podiatrists in the state of Arizona can treat from a point just below the knee to the toes.
Podiatrists most certainly encounter patients with serious illnesses and are often known to preserve limbs and lives especially in those with diabetes who develop limb and life-threatening infections secondary to foot ulcers (or holes in the feet).
Podiatrists may focus on wound care, geriatric care, pediatric care, general care, orthotics, and surgery, or any combination of care. Surgery may be further specialized into foot or ankle surgery.
Podiatrists are an integral part of every healthcare system and in most cases participate with all health insurances.
One can find a qualified podiatrist by researching anyone of the numerous qualifying board such as the: American Board of Podiatric Medicine, American Board of Medical Specialties in Podiatry, American Board of Wound Healing, American Board of Lower Extremity Surgeons, and American Board of Podiatric Surgery
Corns are thickened skin on top of the foot usually the toes while calluses are thickened skin on the bottom of the foot. They are essentially the same thing but named differently by their location.
A hammertoe is a small toe that is curled from tendon imbalances. These can become painful and lead to ulcers and amputations if not treated properly.
The most common cause of heel pain is from an inflamed ligament; however, there are many other sources of heel pain which is why a podiatrist should be consulted when heel pain arises.
These are supports for the feet and vary widely in fit and function depending on whether they are over-the-counter (bought from the store) or custom-made (prescribed by a podiatrist who has received specific training in custom supports).
If the side of the skin next to the nail is red, painful, and swollen then it is infected.
This is an inflammation of the ligament that supports the arch on the bottom of the foot.
Medicare only pays for Diabetic shoes and inserts in certain cases when a patient has very specific associated risk factors such as the history of amputation, ulceration, poor blood flow, and/or neuropathy, and when numerous stringent paperwork guidelines have been adhered to.
Surgery is not always the best way to get rid of foot pain and conservative measures should be tried before surgery because of the risks involved.
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Our office is centrally located in Phoenix off of I-17 and Peoria. Our address is 3201 West Peoria Avenue, Suite B-307.
Yes, we accept new patients. We also offer same-day or next-day appointments provided referrals are in place when needed.
We often provide consultations for a second opinion and recommend you bring reports of prior imaging studies and tests to that appointment. We also recommend you inform us if you are seeking a second opinion at the time of scheduling as these appointments require more time and discussion.
Podiatrists are licensed to treat all foot, ankle and leg conditions just below the knee all the way to the toes
To make your visit most productive we recommend:
- Please bring a current copy of your insurance card and driver’s license
- Have a copy of your referral if needed
- Please bring a complete medication list to every visit
- Bring reports on recent imaging studies and hospital discharges
- Bring old orthotics
- Please advise our staff if you are coming for a second opinion as more time is required
- Please have key contact information of primary care physician and consultants
We accept all major credit cards, Check or Cash. Coinsurance, co-pays and deductibles are due at the time services are rendered. Please contact our office at (602) 938-8400 with any questions you may have regarding claims and statements.
Gout results from uric acid crystallization, often triggered by factors like dehydration, alcohol consumption, and high-protein diets.
Soaking in Epsom salt is not recommended for plantar fasciitis because it’s an inflammation of a foot ligament.
To fix an ingrown toenail permanently, your podiatrist can perform a procedure called permanent nail correction. This involves using a strong acid to painlessly kill the nail root, addressing the issue effectively.
Morton’s Neuroma can be effectively managed with a variety of treatments including anti-inflammatories, arch supports, shoe modifications, injections, and as a last resort, surgery.
The symptoms of posterior tibial tendonitis typically include ankle pain, swelling, and difficulty pushing off on the foot. It’s advisable to consult a podiatrist to rule out a tendon tear.
Keratin debris under toenails is a breakdown of the protein keratin found in skin. This can lead to nail disease and infections.
No, warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), not by fungus.
Yes, losing weight can help alleviate plantar fasciitis, but it’s essential to prioritize wearing supportive shoes and insoles for better relief.
If you sever your Achilles tendon, you may need surgery to reattach it to the bone using mini anchors or immobilization with a cast.
No, bunions don’t directly cause ingrown toenails, but they can worsen the condition, potentially leading to infection and discomfort.
No, bunions typically occur as bumps on the top or side of the foot where the big toe meets the ball of the foot.
A podiatrist is a specialized physician who focuses on treating various foot and ankle conditions, including bunions, fractures, wounds, flat feet, nerve pain, and more. They undergo medical school training specifically for this area of expertise.
You should see a podiatrist when foot or ankle pain worsens or doesn’t improve within two weeks. Also, individuals with diabetes should see a podiatrist yearly.
Podiatrists commonly treat foot and ankle problems like morning heel pain or pain upon standing from sitting.
To prevent foot and ankle injuries, prioritize wearing good shoes and supportive insoles.
The common treatment for ingrown toenails typically involves seeking surgical intervention by a podiatrist, as most home remedies are often unsuccessful.
Yes, podiatrists frequently treat children’s foot problems. It’s advisable to consult a podiatrist if a child experiences foot or leg pain, or if they’re observed limping. Parents of children with flat feet should also consider having their child’s feet examined to address any potential issues early on.
A bunion is a noticeable bump of bone near the big toe joint. It’s typically caused by wearing high heels and genetics.
If your big toe angles towards the small toe and you notice a sizable bump near the joint, you likely have a bunion.
Yes, bunions can be hereditary. To prevent them, wear proper footwear and consult a podiatrist for evaluation. Custom orthotics may help slow the progression of the deformity.
Treatment options for bunions include topicals, oral medications, shoe modifications, custom orthotics, injections, and surgery.
For severe bunions, surgery is often recommended, but those who prefer non-surgical options can try wearing wider or extra-depth shoes. Recovery time varies but usually takes 8 to 10 weeks, depending on the individual and the type of surgery performed.
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the ligament connecting the heel to the ball of the foot. It’s typically caused by overuse, improper footwear, or biomechanical issues.
Typical symptoms of plantar fasciitis include sharp pain during the initial steps of weight-bearing in the morning or upon standing from a seated position.
Plantar fasciitis is typically diagnosed through a clinical examination where the patient presents with heel pain.
One highly recommended treatment for plantar fasciitis is carefully choosing supportive shoes with a stiff sole and arch support. This helps prevent inflammation of the ligaments and reduces pain significantly.
It’s advisable to avoid exercising or running during a bout of plantar fasciitis to prevent further aggravation of the band.
An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail plate curves abnormally, often due to the shape of its root or its positioning against the toe bone. Genetic factors can also contribute, with ingrown nails often running in families.
Common symptoms of an ingrown toenail include redness, pain, swelling, and drainage.
Treating ingrown toenails at home isn’t advised due to low success rates, higher chances of recurrence, and risk of severe infections. It’s best to seek professional care from a podiatrist for safe and effective treatment.
You should see a podiatrist or healthcare professional for an ingrown toenail when you experience pain, inflammation, swelling, or drainage. Additionally, if you find that you were unable to trim the nail successfully or if the nail is aggravated by pressure, seeking professional help is advisable.
Leaving an ingrown toenail untreated can lead to severe complications such as bone infection and the possibility of amputation.