The feet, toes, and ankles are important but complicated parts of the body, so podiatrists must go through extensive education and training in order to be true experts in their field. After undergraduate education, medical school, state and national examinations, and a state license, a podiatrist can finally begin practicing. As the population in the United States gets older and foot problems become more frequent, the demand for podiatrists increases.
Podiatrists provide a wide range of medical services, including the following:
- Education on proper care, exercise, nutrition, or hygiene
- Diagnoses and treatments for pain and other deformities
- Surgeries for problems that need correction
- Therapeutic procedures
- Prescriptions for orthotics
- Consultations with other medical professionals
When you develop a cough, or a cold, or severe headaches, or an upset stomach, you are usually able to tell when you should go see a doctor. The line is not as clear when it comes to seeing a podiatrist. In general, you should consider seeking treatment if you experience any of the following issues:
- Pain in the feet, toes, or ankles that is persistent, came on suddenly, or is getting worse
- A significant change in color to bluish, reddish, or purplish
- Swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat, which are all signs of infection
- Changes in the condition of your nails, including a change in thickness or color
- Skin that blisters, cracks, scales, or peels
- Any symptoms that do not go away on their own after 2 weeks of at-home or over-the-counter treatment
If you are from Central New York, then you are in luck, because board-certified podiatrist Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico has gone through all of the training listed above and has been serving Onondaga County ever since. He can treat any pedal problem, including ulcers, heel pain, and ingrown toenails, and even specializes in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. When you contact the wonderful staff of Syracuse Podiatry’s Fayetteville office at (315) 446-3668, you can guarantee that you will be treated with compassion and respect.