Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in the foot and ankle and can treat the most severe foot conditions. While conditions like corns, calluses, foot fungus, and cracked heels may seem minor to some, podiatrists offer the best solutions when it comes to fixing them. Pedicurists, on the other hand, are cosmeticians and cannot treat foot ailments. Pedicurists may also not know what a fungal infection like athlete’s foot looks like and may therefore be unable to alert you if you have the condition. Despite this, pedicures are a great way to beautify and maintain clean-looking feet. Just ensure that the pedicure salon uses clean instruments, as unclean tools can potentially lead to fungal infections. Be wary of the type of nail polish used by a pedicurist, as certain varieties can be harsh on nails and preserve and hide toenail infections. If the pedicurist cuts skin around the cuticle, this is potentially dangerous and can also lead to infections. Above all, be aware of what is going on in a pedicure salon; remember that pedicurists are not podiatrists and cannot help with foot conditions. If you have an issue with your feet, see a podiatrist for proper care.
If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What is a Podiatrist?
Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heel spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.
A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:
- Physical therapy
- Orthotic inserts or soles
- Surgery on lower extremity fractures
A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.