What is a Podiatrist?
A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or Podiatrist, is a medical specialist who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle and lower leg. A doctorate degree in podiatry takes four years of schooling after obtaining a bachelor’s degree. After graduating from podiatry school, a podiatrist then completes a surgical based residency program of 2 or 3 years. During this aspect of their training, a podiatrist is exposed to extensive surgical training of both the foot and ankle. Upon completion of their residency, a podiatrist may choose to become board certified, like Dr. Pearson. Board certification involves rigorous testing as well as evaluation of the candidates surgical logs.
Are prescription orthotics a permanent fix for my foot problems?
No. Orthotics do not ”fix” a foot problem. They can however be a very effective corrective device and a valuable conservative treatment option for many foot ailments. Much like prescription corrective lenses help many patients see better without actually correcting the underlying problem, prescription orthotic devices can help your foot function better and with less pain.
Will my X-Rays be covered by insurance?
Depending on your insurance, medically necessary x-rays are usually a covered benefit much like the office visit itself. Of course, our office staff is more than happy to check benefits for our patients so there are no surprises.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation of the band of connective tissue that stretches from the heel to the ball of the foot. Although heel pain and plantar fasciitis are often used interchangeably, plantar fasciitis is but one of multiple possible causes of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is most often an overuse-type injury resulting from repetitive strain and small tears in the plantar fascia. This can occur from walking, running or participating in athletic activities. Other factors may include walking barefoot, using poor shoes as well as being overweight. Whatever the cause, plantar fasciitis is usually very treatable with conservative modalities.