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Podiatrist - Washington
853 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7410
(724) 225-9469 - fax

A podiatrist is a specialist in diagnosing and treating all conditions and disorders of the foot and ankle. Also called a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), a podiatrist is the only health care professional whose training is completely devoted to the anatomy, systems, injuries and conditions of the feet, ankles and related structures of the leg.

Podiatrists are uniquely qualified as being physicians with the foot and ankle specialty.  A podiatrist will attend four years of undergraduate education, four years of graduate education and two to three years of residency training. All podiatrists are required to take state and national exams and also be licensed in the state in which they practice. Podiatrists can also be certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. This indicates a knowledge and expertise in diagnosing medical problems and surgical management of diseases, disorders, deformities and trauma of the foot and ankle.

Why See a Podiatrist Over My Family Doctor?

The foot is actually an extremely complex structure. Each foot has 26 bones, 2 sesamoid bones, 33 joints, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments. Every bone, joint, muscle and tissue works together to create an essential foundation for your entire body. To make it possible to stand, balance, walk, run and jump, each and every part of your foot needs working together.

Common, simpler foot and leg problems can be treated by a general physician but there are many situations where the expertise of a podiatrist is highly beneficial. When foot and ankle injuries are more complex, if you have a job that greatly impacts your feet or you are active in sports it is encouraged that you see a podiatrist for help and treatment.

Healthy feet are vital to an athlete’s performance, a worker that needs to be on their feet all day or even just a busy mom or dad that needs to take care of family duties. When foot and ankle problems are not treated fully or appropriately, more serious complications such as chronic foot pain can develop.

Another important situation where a podiatrist is encouraged over a family doctor is when a patient has diabetes. If you have diabetes, proper foot care is essential in preventing serious injury and possible amputation. A podiatrist often has training specific to diabetic foot care and should be seen on a regular basis.

What Conditions Does a Podiatrist Treat?

A podiatrist will treat any foot or ankle problem for people of all ages. Some of the more common conditions we see at our podiatric office include:

When it comes to treating these conditions, Dr. Pinskerwill do a thorough evaluation and diagnosis before creating a treatment plan tailored to your needs. A treatment plan may include consultation, ultrasound and lab tests, prevention strategies, physical therapy, surgery and custom orthotics.

If you have one of the foot conditions listed above, don’t wait to seek help. Please call us today to make an appointment with Dr. Pinsker before your condition worsens. You can call our podiatric office at (724) 225-7410 or request an appointment here.

We would love to help you learn more about foot and ankle health by sending you a free copy of Dr. Pinsker’s book Got Feet. Simply click on the book on our homepageand we will mail a copy at no cost directly to you.