Physician. Surgeon. Specialist. Podiatrist.
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.
Podiatrists are Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs). Today's podiatrists are highly trained physicians, surgeons, and specialists focusing on the foot and ankle and should be an important part of your health-care team. They are integral in keeping America moving and vital to diabetes prevention and management.
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An astounding 81 percent of obese Americans say they suffer from foot pain and at times experience multiple foot and ankle conditions, according to a recent survey by our organization. An additional 60 percent of obese Americans said that foot pain restricts their regular activity.
Luckily, today's podiatrists have specialized medical training and unique qualifications in treating the foot and ankle.
Include a DPM for Diabetes Prevention and Management
Podiatrists are the expert in the foot and ankle. If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, you should make an appointment with a podiatrist right away. Podiatrists are trained to treat foot conditions that can be caused by diabetes, such as neuropathy, infection, and ulcers. Seeing a podiatrist for foot care can reduce amputation rates by 45 to 85 percent.