When you need to see a podiatrist depends on many factors. In fact, it’s best to know a few things before you make an appointment. This way, you’ll have the necessary information in order to make a more intelligent decision. Read on to learn more about when you need to see a podiatrist.

What is a Podiatrist?

First, let’s take a moment to explain what a podiatrist is (and isn’t). As you probably know, a podiatrist is a foot doctor, but these medical professionals don’t just treat minor problems with the feet. Instead, podiatrists are clinicians that specialize in issues with the feet, ankles, and lower extremities. Podiatrists not only see, consult, and treat patients for minor foot, ankle, and lower extremity issues, but also perform surgeries.

Like other physicians, podiatrists are extensively trained, going to graduate school, usually for four years and then, interning for approximately three years. Meaning, podiatrists have seven years’ worth of training before practicing medicine.

So, when do you need to see a podiatrist? Well, that’s not a simple question or has a simple answer. But, in general, if you experience persistent pain in your feet and ankles, you should probably see a podiatrist. Or, if you suffer from another issue with your feet, ankles, or lower extremities, and you go to your doctor, you might ask about being referred to a podiatrist. Also, abnormalities, with your gait, feet, ankles, and lower extremities are yet another reason to see a podiatrist.