CHI Health Podiatry
Podiatry is the medical specialty concerned with the care of feet, ankles, and related structures of the leg. Podiatrists are Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), and have years of special training in the conditions of the lower extremity. The foot is one of the most complex parts of the body. It is made up of 26 bones connected by many joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The foot is susceptible to many stresses. Foot problems can cause pain, inflammation, or injury. These problems can result in limited movement and mobility.
Podiatrists often detect health problems that may otherwise go unnoticed, because some diseases are revealed through symptoms occurring in the lower extremities, including: diabetes, arthritis, and heart or kidney disease. Podiatric physicians are educated in advanced surgical techniques, orthopedics, dermatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation.