No one knows feet like a podiatrist. While many people still see their general practitioners about chronic foot pain and visit emergency rooms for acute trauma, podiatrists fill an important niche for patients seeking personalized care from a dedicated specialist – and podiatrists are increasingly in demand. A new report by the American Staffing Association put podiatrists at the top of their skills gap index as the “hardest-to-fill position” for the fourth quarter of 2015. If you’re interested in a healthcare career, podiatry is an increasingly attractive option.
Warmer weather signals rebirth and renewal, and not just for plants and flowers springing up from the ground. After an entire winter bundled up in boots or hidden in house slippers, now is the time to show some love to dry, cracked, neglected feet. This is a great time to schedule a routine podiatry appointment and book a trip to the spa to get your feet in shape for the spring and summer. Our sports-centric podiatry practice in New York Cityhelps active adults and athletes create a holistic treatment program for every type of issue pertaining to the feet and ankles. But in between your visits, pampering your feet at home with essential oils is a great complement to the work we do here.
NY podiatrists perform a comprehensive examination of all body systems to get to the root of your foot problem. So it’s no surprise that podiatrists are often the first doctors to diagnose afflictions such as arthritis, diabetes, thyroid or peripheral artery disease. Foot doctors sometimes order further tests like x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or blood studies.
“Foot doctors are often overlooked as patients set up a primary medical care team,” says Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, DPM. “Yet, we work closely with primary care physicians, dermatologists, cardiovascular specialists and neurologists in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that manifest themselves in different ways — including tell-tale signs in the feet.” He explains that the first goal of his podiatric team is to conduct a thorough assessment and obtain an accurate diagnosis. From there, they seek to immediately rectify the patient’s pain and suffering, and then treat the root cause of the issue.
Here are 10 of the most common undiagnosed diseases the team at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine come across in New York City.
If you have something wrong with your foot, you need not suffer. Medicare covers a wide range of conditions treated by a podiatrist. It’s best to know what is or isn’t covered before you call a doctor, so you can avoid paying out-of-pocket for unnecessary tests or procedures. Here at our NYC Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we are happy to call and confirm your coverage before you have any work done, so you know exactly what to expect.
Podiatrists aren’t just for the elderly or people with diabetes. Podiatry offers specialized care for a wide variety of foot problems. Many people do not know when they should see a podiatrist and wait until the problem has become advanced. Pretty much any pain, structural abnormality or foot injury can be treated by a doctor of podiatric medicine. Here are the 10 most common foot issues treated by foot doctors.
Finding the right doctor isn’t as easy as it should be. “The truth of the matter is that people are hard pressed to make well-informed decisions when they choose a doctor, and they’re doing it blind,” AARP senior adviser Joyce Dubow told the New York Times. “We don’t have objective data, so we use family and friends. And that’s not objective.”
We are still in the early phases of compiling data on patient reviews of doctors. Great care must be taken to ensure the accuracy of the information — to protect the good doctors and to help the bad doctors improve. Currently, there are insider websites indicating which health care employees have been previously fired, but it’s not open to the public. Nonprofit groups have tried to access Medicare records to see how often surgeons perform hip replacements or prostate surgery, but the government has blocked the proposal. Even so, there are ways for you to find a reliable, proficient doctor — whether it’s a pediatrician or a podiatrist.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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