Should You See a Podiatrist?

In short, yes! But understanding why you should see a podiatrist begins with understanding what a podiatrist is and what a podiatrist can do for you. When you see the letters DPM after your doctor’s name, it means that he or she is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. Podiatrists are experienced specialists and the best-qualified medical professionals to care for your feet, ankles, and lower legs of every member of the family: men, women, and children of all ages from newborns to senior citizens. These doctors have undergone years of training and a hospital residency. Some podiatrists undertake additional training and offer subspecialties such as surgery, sports medicine, pediatrics, or diabetic foot care.

Regardless of age or gender, everyone should be free from foot pain. Podiatrists help resolve discomfort caused by a wide range of issues including (but not limited to) ingrown toenails, arthritis, and plantar fasciitis. They also address foot deformities such as bunions and hammertoes. Treatment will depend on your particular problem, but one common approach is to the prescription of orthotics, customized shoe inserts that provide cushioning and support.

It is especially important for people with diabetes to see a podiatrist regularly. Diabetes is a whole-body illness in which the pancreas fails to produce sufficient insulin, a hormone needed to regulate levels of blood glucose. Diabetes poses particular threats to foot health. Diminished circulation and sensation are common, creating challenges in healing. Small wounds can become infected. Ulcers can occur, requiring hospitalization. Amputations and even death can result. Your podiatrist will monitor your foot health and treat small problems before they become large concerns.

Whether you are dealing with a concern about the wellness of your feet or you simply want to maintain their health through preventative care, Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos can help. Schedule a convenient visit to our modern, comfortable Chicago office today. Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert: Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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