Why a podiatrist?
A podiatrist is health care practitioner who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of foot ailments. Unlike a general practitioner, a podiatrist is specially trained to treat a wide variety of foot conditions including heel pain, bunions, ingrown toenail, toenail fungus, wart removal and bunion removal. Many times, patients believe the problem they are experiencing will just “go away” on its own. By waiting to see a doctor, treatable conditions can often times become worse. That’s why it’s important to visit your podiatrist when you first experience foot pain or discomfort.
Did you know…
Today’s podiatrists are doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs), also known as podiatric physicians and surgeons, qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Whether it’s a sports injury, diabetes complication, pediatric deformity, or heel pain, today’s podiatrist is uniquely qualified among medical professionals to treat the foot and ankle. In fact, DPMs receive medical education and training comparable to medical doctors, including four years of undergraduate education, four years of graduate education at one of nine podiatric medical colleges, and two or three years of hospital-based post-graduate residency training. All podiatrists receive a DPM degree.
What to expect during your first visit.
Podiatry Associates offers two convenient office locations in Overland Park near the Advent Health System (formerly known as the Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Kansas City in the Saint Joseph Medical Mall to serve you. Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation by a licensed, board-certified doctor of podiatry. At that time, your doctor will review your health history and discuss your diagnosis and treatment options with you. Our friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive podiatry care available, in a comfortable and patient-centered environment. Feel free to take a tour of either of our offices by clicking one of the buttons to the right, and be sure visit our About Us page to learn more.