What Is a Podiatrist?

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The human feet and ankles are complex anatomical structures made of more than 50 bones that combine in dozens of joints. They are supported by hundreds of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues. When these all work as designed, the feet are the base of the alignment system that allows humans to walk upright, a feat unmatched by any other creature. When any one component is injured, misaligned, or diseased, the entire system can fail. Fortunately a podiatrist can help.

A podiatrist is a doctor who concentrates on preventing, diagnosing, and treating illnesses and injuries of the feet, ankles, and lower legs. When you see the letters DPM after your doctor’s name, it means that she or he is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or a podiatrist. She or he has completed years of rigorous medical training and a hospital-based residency and is expertly qualified to care for this part of your body. Podiatrists can earn advanced certification from the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine by taking and passing an examination and completing advanced training and additional clinical experience.

What Do Podiatrists Treat?

Podiatrists can focus on many fields, including surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. They can treat issues including but not limited to:

You should visit a podiatrist if you:

  • experience foot or ankle pain for more than 24 hours

  • notice a change in the shape of your feet

  • have a wound that won’t heal in a reasonable time frame

  • see changes in the texture or color of the skin on your feet

  • feel like something about your feet, ankles, or lower legs just “isn’t right”

Are you concerned about your foot health? Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova are ready to help. Schedule a convenient appointment in our comfortable Pikesville office today. Call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care at 443-872-7052 or click here to get started.