Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What is a podiatrist?

A: Podiatrists are Doctors of Podiatric Medicine, DPM. Podiatrists are also known as podiatric physicians or surgeons. Podiatrists often diagnose and treat conditions of the foot, ankle and other related structures of the leg.

Podiatrists receive similar training that other doctors complete.  They complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school and three years of hospital residency training.

Q: What parts of the body do podiatrists treat?

A: Podiatrists in Florida are licensed to treat the foot, ankle and lower leg below the knee.

Q: When should I call a podiatrist for an appointment?

A: No pain is normal especially if it has been going on for longer than one week. You should have it evaluated and treated to avoid long term problems.

Q:What are corns and callouses?

A: Corns and calluses are thick, hardened layers of skin.  Development of corn and callouses occur when your skin tries to protect itself against friction and pressure.

The most common areas of development are on your feet and toes. If corns and callouses are causing you discomfort you should seek treatment. We provide treatment for these somewhat unsightly painful conditions. Don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Q: What is a Hammertoe?

A: A Hammertoe is a contracture (bending) of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing painful problems. Conservative and surgical treatment options are available for treatment of Hammertoes.

Q: What causes heel pain?

A: Typically, heel pain is not caused from one single incident or injury. Repetitive stress/pounding of the heel can cause heel pain. Other common causes can include: inflammation of the plantar fascia, inflammation of the back of the heel, inflammation of the heel pad, progressive degeneration of the Achilles tendon, or a stress fracture which could be caused by repetitive stress to the heel.

Q: What are orthotics?

A: Orthotics are custom foot supports that replace the over the counter supports that come in shoes you buy off the shelf at the store. These are designed to hug your foot more efficiently than over the counter products to significantly aid in balancing the biomechanical inadequacies of your feet and legs.

Q: How can you tell if you have an infected ingrown toenail?

A: You may have an infected ingrown toenail if there are any signs of redness, swelling, pain, and drainage such as puss coming from the area. If you notice any of these symptoms contact you podiatric physician immediately.

Q: What is plantar fasciitis?

A: The plantar fascia is the thick connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. This tissue connects the heel bone to the toes. It is responsible for creating the arch in your foot. Plantar Fascitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia.

Q: Does Medicare pay for diabetic shoes and inserts?

A: Medicare will cover diabetic shoes and inserts at 80%. Patients must meet and have specific qualifying conditions that must be verified by the Physician managing their diabetes. If you are diabetic you should have an annual foot evaluation performed by a Podiatrist to determine if you are eligible for this benefit through Medicare and/or other insurance carriers.