About Podiatrists

About Our Podiatrists Serving Cincinnati, OH

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), more casually referred to as a foot doctor. Podiatrists treat several of the same conditions as orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and primary care physicians. Though many of these professionals have overlapping duties, their training and education are different. Podiatrists concentrate solely on the foot and ankle so they can provide specialized care.

What Training Does Podiatry Require?

• Like other medical doctors, podiatrists must complete a formal education:
• Four-year undergraduate school
• Four-year doctoral program at an accredited podiatric college
• Three-year for an ankle surgical residency
• Additional years of fellowships and specialized training

After completing residency and advanced training, podiatrists must pass the state board to gain licensure.

Who Should See a Podiatrist?

Anyone with foot or ankle concerns should visit a podiatrist. If you're experiencing any pain or discomfort, contact Better Foot Care. Dr. Derek C. Hindman and his team provide some of the most advanced specialized care in the Cincinnati, OH area. Call (513) 671-2555 to schedule a private consultation. 

What Conditions Do Podiatrists Treat?

Podiatrists assess, diagnose, and treat disorders and injuries to the foot, ankle, and some parts of the leg. Podiatrists treat many common conditions:

Athlete's Foot

Because your feet sweat inside shoes all day, it's very common to develop a fungal infection. Dubbed athlete's foot, the infection spreads quickly and may cause the following:
  • Blisters
  • Discolored or thickened toenails
  • Dry or cracked skin
  • Inflammation
  • Itching or stinging between toes or on the soles of the feet
While athlete's foot is highly contagious, it's easy to treat and clears up in about a week.

Sports-Related Injuries

Athletes that play sports requiring lots of running and jumping are prone to tendonitis. Tendonitis occurs when tendons become inflamed or suffer microscopic tears. Other common sports injuries include foot and ankle sprains and Achilles tendon ruptures.

Hammer Toe

Hammer toe occurs when a toe joint becomes dislocated. The affected toe then begins to curl downward instead of pointing forward. The most common causes of hammer toe include:
  • Arthritis
  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Pressure from bunions
  • Traumatic toe injury
The severity of hammer toe progresses over time, often ending in claw-like toes. It may lead to difficulty walking or flexing your foot.

Ingrown and Fungal Toenails

Ingrown toenails are curved nails that grow into the sides of the skin. They dig into the soft flesh around nail borders and can cause pain, swelling, and redness. If an ingrown toenail punctures the skin, you run the risk of a bacterial infection.

Similar to athlete's foot, nail fungus develops over time. Fungus gets under toenails and spreads in the warm, moist environment. Toenails can become brittle, thickened, or possibly smelly due to the infection.
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