Frequently Asked Questions

About Podiatry

Podiatry is the medical professional specialty dealing with diseases and injuries of the foot and ankle. An undergraduate degree, usually in the sciences, is followed by a four year course of graduate study at a college of podiatric medicine with the awarding of a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine, (D.P.M.)

Most podiatrists then go on to complete a podiatric surgical residency. National and State Board examinations as well as licensure by the state is required to practice podiatry. Podiatrists complete a minimum of 14 hours of continuing education each year.

General Health of your Feet

Your feet can be a window to your general health. Problems with them can signal such conditions as arthritis, diabetes and nerve and circulatory disorders. Swelling could mean a heart problem; cramping could be a vascular problem; burning could be neuropathy. Dr. Mrdjenovich is out to dispel the popular misconception that podiatrists clip toenails for a living. Elderly people's toenails. In fact, podiatrists are medical specialists in procedures and surgeries of the foot, ankle and lower leg for babies, children and adults. They even do reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle and see a lot of sports injuries and broken bones. One need only to look at the required education to appreciate a podiatrist's specialized expertise. Becoming a doctor of podiatric medicine (D.P.M.) requires a four-year undergraduate degree, a degree from a four-year podiatric medical school and a residency program of anywhere from one to four years' education comparable to a doctor of osteopathic or allopathic medicine. We're talking about a specialty that deals with a part of the body that will give 75 percent of Americans trouble of varying degrees of severity at one time or another in their lives. And certain conditions - if undetected and untreated - can be serious for even the fit individual. With proper care, most foot and ankle problems can be alleviated or prevented. Enter the podiatrist.

Referenced from the Community Connection, December 2001

Will my Insurance pay for my visit?

We participate with a vast array of insurance's that normally pay for visits, however, there are hundreds of insurance companies and each one has different guidelines and benefit packages. If you have any questions it is best to call the telephone number on the back of your insurance card.

How long will I be off my feet for bunion surgery?

It depends on the type of bunion surgery. Often, only 1-2 weeks with or without use of crutches or walker.

Heel Pain- is it caused by the bone spur and does the spur point downward to the ground? Do I have to have surgery?

Your pain is most likely due to what is called plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia ligament-like band of tissue runs from the bottom of the heel to the ball of your foot. As you walk, this band of tissue may become tight and pull on the heel bone, straining and tearing the fibers of the fascia, which in turn causes inflammation and pain. To treat this, you could rest it, use over the counter or prescription anti-inflammatory medications (i.e. Ibuprofen, Aleve), ice, elevate, stretching exercises, orthotics, and/or better walking shoes. Surgery often times is the last resort treatment.

Does my Podiatrist do pedicures?

No. Podiatrists are doctors that treat your foot problems due to disease, infection, pain or deformities. The doctor may trim, shave, or remove nails or lesions due to risks associated with diseases such as diabetes or other health problems. A pedicurist trims toenails for cosmetic reasons.

Your feet must last a lifetime, and most Americans log an amazing 75,000 miles on their feet by the time they reach age 50. Regular foot care can make sure your feet are up to the task. With proper detection, intervention, and care, most foot and ankle problems can be lessened or prevented.