What to Look for in a Podiatrist
Podiatry is a category in the medical field that specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of any injuries and medical conditions that affects the ankle, feet, and the lower limbs. There are several known medical conditions that would necessitate working with a Podiatrist, top among them arthritis, club foot, growing pains, orthotics, sports podiatry, diabetic foot care, pins-and-needles to mention but a few. A podiatrist also addresses and looks at injuries and pains brought about by tendonitis, hammertoes, bunions, stress fractures and sprains etc.
It goes without mentioning that if these conditions are not treated and managed properly, they can lead to lots of pain. It needs no mentioning, therefore, that having a qualified practitioner on board could be a life saver. By now you know that a podiatrist has special training, so it makes perfect sense you should visit a podiatrist and not a general practitioner. It is only a qualified and certified podiatrist who can pinpoint out issues such as arthritis, diabetes and nerve issues that may be causing you pain. For instance, if you have already been diagnosed with diabetes, you would want to establish a relationship with an experienced podiatrist. A podiatrist in such a case scenario will work with you to come up with the right diabetes foot care plan.
To make your search easier, it would be imperative to confirm with the podiatrists you are considering whether or not their offices accept your medical insurance. Still on medical insurance, you should know by now that it can get really complicated and twisted. While at it, it would be imperative to request for estimates of different services that you may be considering. This way, you will not be taken aback should you get slapped by hefty bills and charges on your insurance.
How about you take time and get to find out more about the practitioner you plan to work with, and how it feels to be in their offices? At the very least, you expect to meet very friendly office staff and you also expect the offices to be quite accessible. These are the two most critical issues you will be looking at when you take a visit to the office. Accessibility is also where you check whether or not you need to take a flight of stairs to reach the office.