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Which type of physician specializes in foot care?

Which type of physician specializes in foot care?

A podiatrist is a foot doctor. They are also called a doctor of podiatric medicine or DPM. A podiatrist will have the letters DPM after their name. This kind of physician or surgeon treats the foot, ankle, and connecting parts of the leg.

Do orthopedics treat feet pain?

Both podiatrists and orthopaedic surgeons are qualified to treat foot and ankle conditions, surgically and non-surgically. In general, the best bet is to choose the doctor you feel the most comfortable with, or who has the most experience treating your particular condition.

What to do if you have pain in your feet?

Imaging tests. If you’re having a lot of pain in your feet, your doctor may order tests such as: X-rays. A simple X-ray uses a small amount of radiation to produce images of the bones and joints in your feet. It’s particularly useful in detecting arthritis.

What does an X-ray of a broken foot show?

At the hospital or doctor’s office, your practitioner will conduct a series of examinations and tests, most likely including an X-ray of the bones in the foot. An X-ray will show whether the bone is fractured severely or if it only has a hairline fracture, or if there is no fracture at all.

When to see a doctor for foot pain?

If your feet cause you significant pain, your family doctor may refer you to a doctor specializing in foot disorders (podiatrist) or sports medicine. Wear your everyday shoes to your appointment so your doctor can look at the wear patterns on the soles. Before the appointment, you might want to write answers to the following questions:

Do you really need an X-ray for lower back pain?

But, as hard as it may be to believe, the cause of most cases of lower back pain (even acute pain) is not serious and undergoing a spinal imaging test is probably not necessary. X-rays are often called the ‘workhorses’ of the radiology department and this type of spinal imaging test best detects bony structural problems.

Even with the best of care, you may have some foot stiffness or pain, particularly first thing in the morning or after you’ve been active, for several weeks. If you are unsure of the cause of your foot pain, or if it is widespread or involving both feet, and particularly if you have diabetes, see your doctor before trying home remedies.

Imaging tests. If you’re having a lot of pain in your feet, your doctor may order tests such as: X-rays. A simple X-ray uses a small amount of radiation to produce images of the bones and joints in your feet. It’s particularly useful in detecting arthritis.

What kind of Doctor do you see for Flatfeet?

Weight loss. Losing weight can reduce stress on your feet. If your feet cause you significant pain, your family doctor may refer you to a doctor specializing in foot disorders (podiatrist) or sports medicine. Wear your everyday shoes to your appointment so your doctor can look at the wear patterns on the soles.

Do you need a MRI for Flatfeet pain?

Using radio waves and a strong magnet, MRIs provide excellent detail of both hard and soft tissues. No treatment is necessary for flatfeet if they don’t cause pain. If your flatfeet are painful, your doctor might suggest: