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- What is a podiatrist?
- Why do I need to see a podiatrist instead of a general practitioner?
- Do you accept new patients?
- Can I request an appointment online?
- Do you accept my insurance?
- Where can I find out more about my condition?
- What do I do if I have an emergency?
- Where are you located?
Q. What is a podiatrist?
A. A podiatrist is a specialist, a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), whose training focuses specifically on the total care of the foot and ankle.
Podiatrists complete four years of undergraduate study, four years in a college of podiatric medicine and up to three years in a post-graduate residency program at a hospital or university.
The residency program allows the doctor-in-training to extensively diagnose and treat a large variety of foot and ankle disorders while maintaining, refining and updating the medical and surgical skills necessary for this highly specialized field.
In order to be licensed, the podiatrist must pass national and state license exams.
Q. Why do I need to see a podiatrist instead of a general practitioner?
A. Your feet are the foundation of your body, and any disorders or conditions that affect your feet or ankles affect your life as a whole. Podiatrists have extensive, special training in conditions of the feet and ankles that general practitioners do not. Because of this focused training, they are much more equipped to quickly diagnose and treat problems and make you feel your best.
Q. Do you accept new patients?
A. Of course. Simply call one of our offices or make an appointment online at your convenience.
Q. Can I request an appointment online?
A. Yes you can. Simply visit the Contact page to set up your appointment. You can also call one of our offices to schedule your appointment.
Q. Do you accept my insurance?
A. To see the list of accepted insurance plans, visit the Accepted Insurance page.
Q. Where can I find out more about my condition?
A. We have information about common foot and ankle conditions here. We also have pamphlets and information available in our office. We encourage patients to ask questions to ensure that they fully understand their condition and treatment plan.
Q. What do I do if I have an emergency?
A. In the event of an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Q. Where are you located?
A. We have two convenient locations in the Southern Middle Tennessee area, one in Columbia and one in Pulaski. Addresses and further information is located here.