“What is a podiatrist, anyway?
Ooh, I know! You take care of children?”

We hear this question a lot in our office. And nope, that’s a pediatrician.

What is a podiatrist? Here is some great information from our friends at the American Podiatric Medical Association about podiatrists:

What is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), a physician and surgeon who treats the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg.

Why Should I See a Podiatrist?

Feet are complex anatomical structures, all-in-one stabilizers, shock absorbers, and propulsion engines that are instrumental to overall health and well-being. They require expert care. Be sure you’re seeing the most qualified health-care professional to treat your feet by looking for the letters “DPM” after his or her name. The DPM means a physician has completed years of rigorous foot and ankle training in podiatric medical school and hospital-based residency training, making him or her uniquely qualified to care for this part of the body. Find an APMA member podiatrist near you.

How Are Podiatrists Trained?

Podiatrists complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school and three years of hospital residency training. Their training is similar to that of other physicians. Podiatrists may go on to complete fellowship training following their residency.

Podiatrists can focus on many fields, including surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care.

Are Podiatrists Board Certified?

Podiatrists can earn board certification with advanced training, clinical experience, and by ultimately taking an exam. The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine are the certifying boards for the field.

What this all means for you is that if you are struggling with any problems of your feet or ankles, seeing a podiatrist is the best choice. Podiatrists are the only physicians who exclusively the study medical and surgical management of the feet and ankles. Additionally, podiatrists are also experts in related medical disorders that affect the feet, including diabetes, nerve disorders, vascular issues, and arthritis.

People are often surprised to learn that DPM’s are physicians AND surgeons. At Southwest Austin Foot & Ankle Clinic, our physicians spend about half of their time working in surgical and hospital settings! They are all highly trained to use the latest techniques to provide relief for a wide variety of foot and ankle pathologies, including bunions, hammertoes, limb salvage procedures, fracture repair, and removal of abnormal soft tissues.

No foot or ankle problem is too large or too small for our team of podiatrists. On any given day, we see a wide variety of ailments, ranging from a simple ingrown toenail, to heel pain, to a broken bone, to a diabetic wound that won’t heal. Our team is experienced in treating the whole family, from children through seniors. We’ve truly “seen it all” and are ready to help you get relief in the fastest way possible.

We understand that when your feet hurt, it’s hard to think about anything else. And that you want relief from a compassionate and knowledgeable source. If you’re struggling with foot and ankle pain, please give us a call at 512-447-4122 so we can help you get back on your feet!