Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (foot doctors)
Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) are also known as [foot doctors]. The foot and ankle are complex. The human foot contains more than 26 bones and 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. Podiatrists are concerned with the health of their patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the foot and ankle. They treat a variety of conditions and employ innovative treatments to improve the well-being of their patients. Unlike most MDs, Foot Doctors offer custom orthotics or inserts and if needed orthopedic shoes.
Here is what you can expect from a visit to Family Podiatry of Maryland:
- Our first priority is your comfort. We provide a clean and friendly environment.
- We listen and get to know the person we are treating.
- We consult you and your other physicians on the treatment and prevention of your foot and ankle ailments.
- We diagnose and treat conditions like infection, ulcers, fractures, skin and nail diseases, and foot deformities.
- We perform surgeries, when necessary to correct or remedy such problems as bunions, fractures, hammertoes, infections, plantar fasciitis, Achilles entheseopathy, and other ligaments and tendons. But we will always try conservative measures first.
- We prescribe adjunctive therapies to return you to functional level faster.
- We analyze your foot biomechanics and prescribe you custom inserts called orthotics that correct abnormal foot and ankle positioning.
- We treat conditions such as: bone disorders, bunions, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, toenail fungus, ingrown toenails, and diabetic wounds.
Medical and Surgical Treatment of the Foot and Ankle
A foot doctor is capable of treating any foot and ankle ailment from dermatological to bone pathology. We are allowed in the state of Maryland to treat wounds to the lower legs as well. We specialize in the fabrication of the custom orthotics for achy feet syndrome, in the treatment for plantar fasciitis, diabetic wound care, neuroma, ingrown toenails, and in the surgical correction of the foot deformities like bunions and hammertoes.
Diabetic Routine Foot Care and Wound Care
Uncontrolled diabetic condition inevitably leads to circulatory and neurological conditions in the lower extremities. Diabetic routine foot care offers a check-up for the high-risk diabetic population to maintain good foot health and to prevent infection and wounds to their feet. But when wounds do occur, we have the expertise to manage the condition to prevent the loss of limb. Read Our Blog Article on the 9 best tips on prevention of diabetic foot problems.
Orthopedic or Therapeutic Shoes
Therapeutic shoes are not only supportive shoes, they are also wider and roomier shoes to accommodate difficult sized feet due to certain foot deformities. We carry a line of various shoe styles from dress shoes to tennis shoes. We will measure your feet, help you choose the shoes that fit your needs and order the shoes for you. We will ensure the proper fitting of your selection. If you have diabetes and fit certain criteria, the Medicare therapeutic shoes prevention program may cover the cost of the shoes. Ask the doctor for more information about the program during your diabetic foot exam.
Overuse injuries during athletic activities are commonly encountered. Under conditioning, unrealistic expectation, poor biomechanics of the feet, and improper selection of shoe gear can all lead to sports-related injuries. But when you suffer from an injury, we will do our very best to treat you and return you to functional level in the shortest amount of time possible. Better yet, we will assess the cause of your injury and educate you on the prevention of them for the future.
Children foot disorders
We name our practice Family Podiatry of Maryland because we realize that children need services too. From warts to ingrown toenails, the various conditions can interfere with a kid’s routine from school attendance to his/her soccer game. We could identify your child’s abnormal gait to poor foot positioning from birth that affects the integrity of the joints and growth of the bone structure. Preventively, we can prescribe custom orthotics or inserts to realign the feet back to their normal position. The inserts could help build the arches up to a certain age before the child reaches maturity. Another common disorder is Sever’s disease, where an active child develops heel pain, the growth plate of the heel is injured by excessive forces during a sports activity.
Non-invasive Vascular exam with the PADNET system
A PADnet exam is a non-invasive exam that helps the doctor in determining if you have a peripheral arterial disease. The test assesses your arterial blood flow to the lower extremities. It consists of placing blood pressure cuffs on various parts of your extremities. Based on their reading, the doctor can correctly identify the cause of your condition. So if you have lower leg pain with increased activities in your calves or in your feet at rest, this could be the first sign of inadequate blood flow to the legs and feet. Talk to your doctor about these symptoms. This test takes approximately 20 minutes to perform. The result is available within a couple of days.
Custom Orthotics or Ankle and Foot Orthoses
Custom orthotics or inserts are made to correct the abnormal position/biomechanics of the foot and ankle. They have a functional role to return the foot and ankle to their normal alignment and provide support to decrease pain in the feet and other joints. Remember, the feet are the foundation of the body. When they are out of alignment, they affect the kinetic chain to other joints proximally, leading to stress and other symptoms. And when the control and support are needed more proximally, the ankle and foot orthoses are indicated.
Our digital X-rays technology offers a preliminary study of your bone structure and pathology. They assist in the diagnoses of your condition. A copy of your X-rays can be downloaded to a compact disc upon request.
Outpatient Surgery Centers
Our doctor is on staff Northwest Hospital for your convenience.