Podiatry Clinic at Dalhart Family Medicine Clinic
Podiatry is a branch of medicine that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions related to the foot, ankle, and lower extremities. Podiatrists, also known as doctors of podiatric medicine (DPM), undergo extensive training and education to become experts in the structure and function of the foot and ankle.
Podiatrists primarily treat conditions related to the foot, ankle, and lower extremities. Some of the most common conditions that podiatrists treat include:
- Foot and ankle injuries: These can include fractures, sprains, strains, and other types of injuries that affect the bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the foot and ankle.
- Skin and nail conditions: Podiatrists can treat a variety of skin and nail conditions, including corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, fungal infections, warts, and blisters.
- Diabetes-related foot problems: Diabetes can cause nerve damage and poor circulation in the feet, which can lead to foot ulcers, infections, and other complications. Podiatrists can help manage these conditions and prevent them from worsening.
- Arthritis and other joint conditions: Podiatrists can diagnose and treat a variety of joint conditions that affect the foot and ankle, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout.
- Congenital foot and ankle deformities: Some people are born with foot and ankle deformities, such as clubfoot, flat feet, or high arches. Podiatrists can provide treatments to manage these conditions and improve foot function.
- Sports-related injuries: Athletes and active individuals may experience foot and ankle injuries such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and stress fractures. Podiatrists can diagnose and treat these conditions, as well as provide advice on injury prevention and proper footwear.
Treatment options for these conditions may include medication, physical therapy, custom orthotics, surgery, and other interventions.
Overall, podiatrists play an important role in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of foot-related conditions, helping patients maintain their mobility and quality of life.
Mark Gerig, DPM specializes in the surgical and medical treatment of the foot and ankle in Dalhart, TX. He joins DHCHD from Sicher Foot Center in Amarillo, Texas, and he treats patients in Dalhart on the last Thursday of each month. To schedule an appointment to be seen by Dr. Gerig at DFMC, call 806-353-3366 and ask for the Dalhart clinic.
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