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Podiatry


Medical Center Point
1633 Medical Center Point
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

719-447-1000

Podiatry is a medical specialty devoted to the study of diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower extremity. A Podiatrist, or Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), is a medical specialist who diagnoses and treats conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and structures of the leg.

Why would I need to see a Podiatrist?
There are many reasons a person may need to see a Podiatrist. Our Board-Certified Podiatrists and Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner are frequently asked to evaluate the following problems:

Arthritis of the foot or ankle joints Fractures of the toes / foot / ankle
Tendon pain or rupture Congenital abnormalities and deformities
Flat feet Tailor's Bunions
Heel Pain Discolored or yellow toenails
Ingrown toenails Soreness in toes
Open sores Discomfort with toenails
Hammer toes Pain in the pad of the foot
Bunions Irritation or discomfort on the bottom of the foot
Pain while walking or sleeping Gout flare up
Abnormal swelling or numbness Tendinitis
Haglund’s Deformity


What should I do to prepare for my visit?
Whether it’s your first visit with us or your tenth, here are a few tips to help make the most of your time with our podiatrists.

Before your visit:

  • Make a list of your symptoms and questions.
  • Make a list of all medications and any previous surgeries.
  • Gather and bring important medical records and laboratory test reports from other doctors or hospitals (including X-rays, MRIs, and lab results).
  • Check with your insurance provider to see if a referral is needed.
  • Call before your visit to tell the office if you have special needs.
  • Bring a friend or family member if you think it will be helpful.
  • If your problem involves walking and/or exercise, bring your walking/exercise shoes with you to the appointment.

During your visit:

  • Go over your list of questions.
  • If you do not understand an answer, be sure to ask for further explanation.
  • Take notes and listen carefully.
  • Discuss your symptoms and any recent changes you may have noticed.
  • Talk about all new medications.
  • Ask why it has been prescribed, and how to take it.
  • Describe any allergies.
  • Tell your podiatrist if you are pregnant or if you are trying to get pregnant.
  • Let your podiatrist know if you are being treated by other doctors.

After your visit:

  • Prepare for any tests your podiatrist orders.
  • Ask about what you need to do to get ready, possible side effects, and when you can expect results.
  • Ask when and how the test results will be made available to you.
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment (if necessary) before you leave your podiatrist's office.
  • Call your podiatrist's office and ask for your test results if you do not hear from the office when you are supposed to

References: http://www.apma.org/index.cfm

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