What is a Podiatrist?

Every area of the body has its own specialty. We see certain doctors for heart trouble, others for stomach issues, and a different one again for skin concerns. What kind of doctor do you see when your feet hurt? The feet are one of the most neglected parts of the body when it comes to personal medical care. When they hurt, many people simply accept the discomfort and move on. They assume that it is normal for feet to ache. This is simply not true. Most discomfort in our lowest limbs is avoidable with a little care and monitoring by a podiatrist.

Defining DPM

A podiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating conditions of the feet and ankles. From painful heels to tendon tears, they handle just about anything that can go wrong with your lowest extremities. These physicians earn their doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) degree after many years of extensive education. First they obtain their bachelor’s from an accredited college or university. Then they must attend a four-year specialized medical program at a podiatric medical school. Once they have their degree, they must also complete a multi-year residency. If they wish to further specialize their surgery capabilities, additional training and residencies are required. Podiatrists receive their certification from one of two overseeing boards: the American Board of Podiatric Surgery or the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.

Why See a Podiatrist?

Your feet are complicated structures. Every part fits together so that your feet can support an incredible amount of weight and absorb impacts, while still moving freely. All the bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and more in your feet must work together to perform their jobs. When something goes wrong, it can be both painful and deeply damaging. Injuries can limit your mobility and cut into your life. Even small problems can change the way you step or support weight, creating additional—and potentially serious—issues. Other conditions change the appearance of your feet and cause you distress. The good news is that Dr. Victoria Melhuish is an expert who focuses on conservative, noninvasive care to remedy your foot and ankle concerns, however if surgery is needed you will be in good hands and Dr. Melhuish is an accomplished surgeon as well.

What Can They Do?

How your feet are treated depends on your condition and your unique needs. A wide variety of potential remedies exist, but not all will be effective for every person. Dr. Melhuish will evaluate your condition and work with you to develop a plan to target your specific pain. Prescription orthotics, shoe changes, physical therapy, and medication are all common conservative remedies. Injections and even surgery have also been used successfully to treat and eliminate stubborn pain.

Don’t ignore discomfort in your feet and ankles. They were not meant to be in pain while going about your daily life. A podiatrist like Victoria Melhuish, DPM can help you restore your feet to their happy, healthy selves and regain your active life. Contact Sierra Foot & Ankle in Carson City, Nevada for an appointment or more information and start your path to pain-free feet today! Call (775) 783-8037 or schedule online.