One of the highest paying and largest specialized fields in medical care orthopedic surgery. You are most likely to find a podiatrist specializing in both musculoskeletal (arthritis knee shoulder etc.), and orthopedic problems (sports injuries, sports related back problems, etc.)
If you are a woman or a child, then you probably know someone who needs a foot doctor. Well, there are many podiatrists who work in the foot-care field. If you do not see someone you are familiar with or if you need a particular podiatrist for a specific problem, then you can research the podiatrists available in your area. You will find that there are foot doctors that work for private practices, hospitals, clinics, orthopedic surgeon’s offices, special equine clinics, sports medicine clinics, physical therapy clinics, and more.
Podiatrists usually specialize in a certain area of orthopedics. For example, if you are seeking a podiatrist who specializes in foot care and if you have a foot injury that needs surgery, then you can talk to the podiatrist at the orthopedic surgery. The podiatrist there will be able to refer you to someone who can treat your foot issue.
Most podiatrists are board certified by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). This is the organization that regulates podiatrists. They have standards for podiatrists that are followed by all podiatrists in the country.
Podiatrists usually only accept patients that are there for foot problems. They will do a complete exam of the foot to make sure that the foot is in good condition and that it is not hurting. The podiatrist will check for arthritis, swelling, pain, and other symptoms that might indicate an underlying foot problem.
Podiatrists will also check for blisters, infection, sores, fractures, and other injuries. They will also be able to put together a complete examination for a foot injury.
If you do not get a foot doctor from your orthopedic doctor, then you can find podiatrists online that can help you with your foot injury. However, remember that these people will not have as much experience as a podiatrist will. Also, it is always a good idea to do a little research about podiatrists before you choose one.
Just be sure that the podiatrists you get are certified by the APMA. That is important to protect you.