Patients often have questions regarding podiatry and our services, so we have compiled FAQs to help educate new patients. The Foot and Ankle Institute of Maryland is proud to serve the residents of Baltimore, Columbia, Annapolis, and the neighboring areas of Maryland.
What is a Podiatrist?
A podiatrist is a medical professional who specializes in the treatment of the feet, ankles, and their ailments. To become a podiatrist, you must achieve a doctorate in podiatric medicine, which takes four years to complete. Podiatrists are qualified to perform both medical and surgical treatments for addressing disorders in the feet and ankles.
What Can a Podiatrist Treat?
A podiatrist treat a wide variety of conditions that are found in the feet and ankles. This includes injuries, fungal infections, ingrown toenails, bunions, and even conditions that affect the feet, such as arthritis or diabetes. Podiatrists also play a large role in sports medicine, treating injuries or other complications that occur due to overuse. You can also see a podiatrist to diagnose and treat general pain or discomfort in the feet.
How Do I Know If I Need to See a Podiatrist?
If you have difficulty walking or performing other activities due to pain or discomfort in the feet or ankles, you may need to see a podiatrist. If you experience any sensations like burning, numbness or tingling in the feet, it may be a good idea to see a podiatrist. If you suffer from any injury that causes swelling, pain, difficulty walking or anything more severe, you should make an appointment to see a podiatrist.
What Causes Foot and Ankle Problems?
There are many things that can cause the feet or ankles to develop pain and other conditions. Some conditions, like arthritis, diabetes, and circulatory problems can trigger issues in the feet before affecting other areas of the body. However, the largest cause of foot problems (aside from injury) is wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. If you wear shoes that don’t provide the support or fit necessary, you may develop issues quickly. If the problem isn’t remedied, these issues can develop into something more severe.
Do I Need to See a Podiatrist for a Sprain?
In some cases, ankle sprains will heal on their own when cared for properly. This will require resting the ankle and icing it to minimize swelling and bruising. For more severe sprains, it may be beneficial to see a podiatrist. A podiatrist can provide you with the professional care necessary to properly recover. If you have prolonged pain or difficulty walking, you should probably see a podiatrist.
Can Podiatry Treatments Help the Rest of the Body?
Oftentimes, a foot injury can cause problems in the knees, lower, or upper back. Keeping the feet healthy is essential to your overall health, especially if you do a lot of walking or other physical activities. If you have any pain that stems from a foot injury or condition, seeing a podiatrist is the best first step towards wellness.
How Much Do Podiatry Treatments Cost?
The cost of your podiatry treatment will depend on your condition and the extent of treatment necessary to provide you with relief. During your initial consultation, Dr. Harrison will develop a personalized treatment plan that is built around your unique needs. Once this plan is developed, we will be able to provide you with the exact cost of treatment. We also accept insurance and financing options to help make our treatments more affordable to those who need them.
If you have more questions about podiatry or our practice, please contact us today. We will be happy to answer your questions or help you schedule a consultation. The Foot and Ankle Institute of Maryland welcomes patients from Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Annapolis, MD.