For many of us, our feet are the furthest things from our minds, both physically and mentally. We expect they'll be uncomfortable at times, and we put up with it when they hurt. But healthy feet are fundamental to the quality of our lives. They are wondrously engineered and often the indicators of our overall health, so we need to look after them.
Today's podiatrists are highly trained physicians and surgeons focusing on the foot and ankle and should be an important part of your health-care team. Meet just a few of these physicians, surgeons, and specialists below!
I chose podiatric medicine because of the flexibility and variety the profession offers, and it has personally allowed me to fulfill my dream of becoming a medical missionary. I love traveling to other countries, getting to know the people, and most importantly, being able to serve those who so desperately need our help.
Patrick DeHeer, DPM - Carmel, IN
While my unique education, training, and experience have prepared me for the most complex of foot and ankle surgeries, I pride myself on exhausting more conservative, non-invasive approaches with my patients as a first course of action. Connecting with a patient on a personal level is incredibly important to me--whether they’re dealing with a larger systemic issue or an ingrown toenail.
Megan Leahy, DPM - Chicago, IL
As a doctor and an officer, I have a dual role--I must treat my patients, but also uphold the duties of an officer in the Navy. I lead by example and try my best to display military decorum and understand what's best for the service men and women who give their lives so readily to protect our freedom while making sure the active duty service men and women are ready for deployment.
Lt. Kittra Owens, DPM - Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Click on an area of the foot to find out what could be causing your pain! It could be:
A bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. A bunion can also occur on the outside of the foot along the little toe, where it is called a “bunionette.”Read More >
A hammer toe is a contracture, or bending, of the toe at the first joint of the digit. This bending causes the toe to appear like an upside-down V when looked at from the side.Read More >
A foot or ankle sprain is a soft tissue injury. Most often, a sprain occurs when an injury pulls, stretches, or tears the ligaments that connect bone to bone. A fracture is actually a break in the bone.Read More >
Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon. Achilles tendinitis, or an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, is one of the most common causes of foot or ankle pain.Read More >
The heel bone is the largest of the 26 bones in the human foot. Like all bones, it is subject to outside influences that can affect its integrity and cause heel pain.Read More >
Haglund's Deformity is a bony enlargement of the back of the heel bone. Sometimes it's called “pump bump” because the deformity often occurs in women who wears pumps.Read More >
Sports are the number-one cause of foot pain in American teenagers.
Worried your child is experiencing foot pain? Learn how to spot the signs of foot pain. Learn More >
Causes of bunions include foot injuries, too-tight shoes, and neuromuscular disorders.
Worried you are hurting your feet? Find out more about bunions and how to prevent them. Learn More >
30% of American adults who have had a bunion visited a podiatrist.
Think you should see your podiatrist? Check out the symptoms of bunions before you make your appointment. Learn More >
8 in 10 adults have experienced some type of foot ailment in their life.
Experiencing pain or a problem with your feet? Learn about treatment options. Learn More >
Women experience more foot pain than men (53% versus 45%).
Experiencing foot pain? Find out about women’s foot health issues. Learn More >
14% of American adults have experienced bunions.
Curious if you have a bunion? Find out how to spot the symptoms. Learn More >
56% of women wear supportive shoes to care for their feet.
Want to wear more comfortable shoes? Find out which brands and styles are APMA Accepted. Learn More >
Symptoms of bunions include a firm bump at the base of the big toe, redness, swelling, and restricted or painful movement of the big toe.
Experiencing symptoms of bunions? Learn how to prevent pain until you can see your podiatrist. Learn More >
Bunions can occur at the base of the big toe or on the outside of the foot behind the little toe (called a bunionette).
Want to know more? Find out the difference between a bunion and a bunionette. Learn More >
43% of adults wish their feet didn’t hurt as much at the end of the day.
Want to reduce foot pain? Find out about footwear that is APMA Accepted. Learn More >