In your lifetime, you will walk over 100,000 miles. With each step you take, 1.5 times your body weight of pressure gets placed on your foot. That makes the 26 bones and over 100 tendons, ligaments, and muscles susceptible to injury. It’s important to have a podiatric practice you can trust, like Eastside Podiatry PLLC, in St. Clair Shores and Fraser, Michigan. Hatim Burhani, DPM, FACFAS, Siraj Panchbhaiya, DPM, FACFAS, and their team specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases, injuries, and other disorders associated with your feet and lower extremities. Call the office today, or make an appointment online.
Podiatry Q & A
What is a podiatrist?
Podiatrists are qualified to diagnose and treat conditions that affect your feet, ankles, and other related structures of your legs.
Becoming a podiatrist requires completing podiatric medical school and participating in a minimum of two years of postgraduate residency training. Additionally, state licensing involves passing the National Board exams.
How often should visits to a podiatrist be scheduled?
It’s best to make an appointment at Eastside Podiatry PLLC when you experience problems with your feet and ankles because issues with these structures can often affect other parts of your body.
Problems with your feet disrupt your walk and can cause pain in your knees and hips, often without any pain in your feet. Therefore, you should see a podiatrist when you experience consistent, chronic pain. Other foot problems that podiatrists treat include:
- Lumps or bumps
- Wounds that don’t heal
- Numbness, burning, tingling
If you have diabetes, foot care is an important part of your health management. Diabetes often causes poor circulation and nerve damage in your feet, making you more susceptible to injury and infection.
Regular appointments with your podiatrist enable Eastside Podiatry PLLC to maintain close observation for any signs of concern. Without proper foot care, complications can sometimes lead to severe conditions or amputation, especially for people with diabetes.
What’s the difference between an orthopedist and a podiatrist?
Both an orthopedist and a podiatrist treat foot and ankle problems. However, while the education of a podiatrist emphasizes these areas of the body specifically, orthopedists train to specialize in muscular and skeletal conditions throughout your entire body. Orthopedists don’t pay particular attention to any specific body part.
Both specialties require four years of medical school and residency. A podiatrist’s residency lasts up to three years and allows for intensive training. They then have the option to complete a fellowship that allows for additional training in advanced and complex foot and ankle care.
Podiatrists, like Dr. Burhani and Dr. Panchbhaiya at Eastside Podiatry PLLC, help you determine the best possible course of treatment for your foot and ankle needs, be it orthotics, special shoes, braces, or surgery.
To schedule a podiatry appointment, call the office or request an appointment online today.