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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a podiatrist that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified foot doctor. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated podiatrist and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you’ll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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Superfeet Orthotics
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Footminders Orthotics
StretchRite
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3M Podiatry Products
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Dr. Jill’s Foot Supports
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therapeutic footwear
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Know What You Want
What to Ask Yourself Before Visiting a Podiatrist for Foot Pain

Santa Clara County podiatrist office will likely ask you what problems you are experiencing and what type of treatment you are seeking when you call to set up an appointment. You’ll want to be sure you can answer their questions so they can make sure to assign you to the most qualified foot doctor for you.

You should also have a good idea of what you are looking for in a podiatrist before you make any calls, so that you can narrow down your list of possible candidates to take care of your foot pain or ankle problems.

Start by thinking about the answers to the questions below:

  1. Do I want a Diamond Certified podiatrist that is rated highest in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  2. Am I looking for a podiatrist in Gilroy, Cupertino, Campbell, Palo Alto, Milpitas or near my home? Or am I willing to drive to another city in order to be seen by the podiatrist that best suits my needs?
  3. What foot problems, ankle problems or lower leg problems have I been experiencing? (These may include foot pain, arch pain, toe pain, bunions, corns, sprained ankle, sports injury, shin splints, poor circulation, diabetes-related foot problems, ingrown toenails, toenail fungus, ankle pain, or other podiatry-related pain or injury.)
  4. When did the condition start or pain begin? Is your foot pain accident-related, or can you recall what caused the pain?
  5. Do I have a preference for my podiatrist’s gender? Am I more comfortable with a male or female foot doctor?
  6. Do I need to find a podiatrist that can work in concert with my regular doctor for foot arthritis, diabetes-related foot care, low blood pressure, poor circulation or other health issues that affect my feet?
  7. Does my insurance cover podiatry or foot care services? Does my insurance coverage limit my choice of foot doctors, podiatry clinics or foot care services?
  8. What personal and professional attributes are most important to me when choosing among Santa Clara County podiatrists? (You may be looking for a foot doctor who is experienced in your particular ailment, kind, gentle, aggressive with treatments, provides holistic treatments for foot problems, can offer orthotics, etc.)
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What To Ask In Person
Visit with Santa Clara County Podiatrists in Person

Once you’ve talked with Santa Clara County podiatry clinics in Sunnyvale, San Jose, Campbell, Gilroy, Morgan Hill and your area, choose the one that was best able to answer your questions and gave you the best initial impression.

You may also want to ask a few questions of your podiatrist that address your specific concerns. Add your own questions to the sample list below.

  1. What do you suspect is the cause of my foot pain, ankle pain or lower leg pain?
  2. Does my foot pain signal an underlying problem?
  3. If you need to do tests to determine the case of my foot pain, should I call for my foot pain diagnosis, or will you call me?
  4. What is the recommended treatment for my foot problem or ankle problem?
  5. If I need to see a foot specialist, will you recommend one for me?
  6. If surgery is needed for my foot pain, can you provide that service or will you recommend a foot surgeon?
  7. What can I do to prevent and reduce ankle pain and foot pain in the future?
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  • What To Ask References
    Talk with Patients Who Have Had Foot Problems Diagnosed and Treated

    It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified podiatrist because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from podiatrists in Santa Clara County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company.

    Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can’t find a Diamond Certified foot doctor within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your doctor of podiatric medicine. Remember, doctors are required to hold all patient records in confidence, so you may only be able to talk with former and current patients who have given their consent to be contacted.

    With this in mind, you should understand that references provided to you by local podiatrists in San Jose, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Milpitas, Palo Alto District, Cupertino, Gilroy, Campbell and Morgan Hill and other areas are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references given to potential patients from foot doctors are usually cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their patients.

    Some questions you may want to ask podiatrist references include the following:

    1. Were you satisfied with the care you received from Dr. (podiatrist’s name)?
    2. If you didn’t know what was causing your foot pain, was the podiatrist able to accurately and quickly diagnose your foot problems?
    3. What foot pain treatments did this foot doctor suggest for you?
    4. What treatments did the podiatry clinic provide versus home remedies?
    5. Were you able to book appointments for foot care services within a reasonable timeframe? Or did you have to wait a long time before being able to see the foot doctor?
    6. Have you ever had to visit this podiatrist in an emergency situation? How satisfied were you of your treatment during that visit?
    7. Were you happy with the billing arrangements this podiatrist provided?
    8. Did the office staff help you understand your bill for foot care services? Did they assist you in billing your health insurance company?
    9. Did the Santa Clara County foot doctor clearly explain the recommended treatment options to you? Did he or she let you ask questions and carefully answer all of your inquiries?
    10. Was the Santa Clara County podiatry office clean and tidy?
    11. Would you return to Dr. (podiatrist’s name) for your next foot care treatment?
    12. Have you recommended or would you recommend a friend or family member see this Santa Clara County podiatrist for foot care services?
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  • Review Your Options
    Find Good Podiatrists in Santa Clara County to Diagnose and Treat Foot Pain

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    The research, phone calls and interviews you’ve completed will help you narrow down your list of local podiatrists that can meet your foot care needs. However, before deciding on the best Santa Clara County foot doctors for you, you’ll want to think about the answers to the following questions.

    1. Can a podiatrist in San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Mountain View and Milpitas or your area of Santa Clara County satisfy your requirements for easy scheduling, convenient location, friendly staff, and experienced foot doctor with skill and experience in diagnosing and treating foot pain, ankle pain or lower leg problems?
    2. Does the foot doctor’s office communicate clearly and effectively to let you know when appointments are scheduled, how to read invoices and statements, and how to reach the podiatrist in the event of an emergency?
    3. Is there an Santa Clara County podiatrist that’s as dedicated to getting and keeping your feet and ankles healthy as you are?
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  • How To Work With
    Working with Your Santa Clara County Podiatrist

    Your general doctor can probably diagnose and treat simple foot problems such as minor sprained ankles, athlete’s foot and other general foot problems. And you can self-treat some minor foot problems at home using foot soaks, stretches, strengthening exercises, and a routine of icing and elevation.

    But you should seek the services of certified Santa Clara County podiatrists for anything more serious than very minor injuries or single-instances of pain, including foot damage such as torn ligaments, reoccurring foot pain, serious ankle pain, Achilles heel problems, foot cramps, bunions and corns, cracked heels, ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, complications with flat feet, and sports injuries to your feet and ankles.

    The foot doctors in Santa Clara County, including those in Gilroy, Cupertino, Campbell, Palo Alto, Milpitas and more rural areas including Coyote, Los Altos Hills, New Almaden, Alviso and E Palo Alto can offer sports podiatry, bio-mechanical podiatry, foot surgery, foot orthopedic care, children’s podiatry, chiropractic care for feet, and other services not performed by general doctors.

    You’ll want to start your search by reviewing the Diamond Certified podiatrists serving your area. If you can’t find one near you, you’ll have to verify that the foot doctor you’re considering is licensed and insured.

    You can talk with the office staff over the phone to get a feel for what services and foot care the podiatrists can offer you. You may also want to see the podiatrist for a general visit or minor foot care, if possible. This can give you a chance to experience the way the foot care office works, how patients are treated, and whether you feel a personal connection with the foot doctor.

    Seeking Professional Foot Care from Podiatrists in Santa Clara County
    You’re wise to seek care from a foot doctor if you are experiencing foot problems and you are diabetic, have circulation problems, are significantly overweight, have high blood pressure or are pregnant.

    You should also see a podiatrist in Milpitas, Palo Alto, Cupertino, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Gilroy or your area if you have any of the other following foot problems:

    • You believe your foot or ankle is broken.
    • You believe you have torn or severely strained a tendon or muscles in your foot or ankle.
    • There is a foreign object embedded in your foot.
    • You have been in a sports accident or another accident that caused damage to your foot, ankle or lower leg.
    • You have been bitten in the lower leg, ankle or foot by an animal.
    • You are experiencing unexplained pain, swelling, tenderness, muscle or tendon pain, pinched nerve or other similar problems.
    • Skin problems such as psoriasis, athlete’s foot, toenail fungus

    Get the Best Outcome from Your Visit to Santa Clara County Foot Care Clinics
    Your podiatrist is a professional who has many years of education in foot care, foot problems, ankle pain and medical conditions that cause foot issues. This, along with their experience and personal integrity, should enable them to diagnose and treat your foot pain or ankle pain.

    There are a few things you can do to help make your appointment more comfortable and productive for you and your Santa Clara County podiatrist.

    • Be on time or a few minutes early for each appointment. You shouldn’t keep your podiatrist waiting.
    • Wash your feet and change your socks before your foot doctor appointment if possible.
    • Don’t be shy—ask your podiatrist any and all questions you have about your feet and foot care. Doctors of podiatric medicine are heath care professionals; you should never be embarrassed to broach any subject with them, no matter how uncomfortable or personal it may seem.
    • Ask for clarification on anything you don’t completely understand. If your podiatrist recommends certain steps to care for your feet at home, you can ask for a demonstration or written instructions.
    • Be sure you understand how to wear any braces or orthotic devices, and know how to take or use any medications you’re given. Again, ask for a demonstration or written instructions if you are unsure.
    • Bring a friend or family member with you if you feel it would be helpful to have another person to take notes or help you remember what your doctor said.
    • Call your foot doctor any time you feel that your condition is worsening or not getting better as expected, or if you have any questions about your foot care or the medicine or supports your Santa Clara County podiatrist gave to you.
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  • Be a Good Customer
    How Can You Be a Good Santa Clara County Podiatrist Patient?

    By being a good patient, you can positively impact the outcome of your visit to the Santa Clara County podiatrist of your choosing.

    Why would you want to be a good patient? Foot doctors in Santa Clara County appreciate patients who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good patient behavior helps create an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems or misunderstandings may be more easily resolved.

    Follow these simple steps to be a good patient when choosing Santa Clara County podiatrists in Sunnyvale, San Jose, Campbell, Gilroy, Morgan Hill and beyond for your foot care needs.

    • Be clear and upfront with your podiatrist. Let them know what you want from your foot care appointment, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations during your appointment and beyond.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way.
    • Before you choose a podiatrist in Santa Clara County, restate your expectations and treatment goals, and reiterate your understanding of the office policies. Most problems with local foot care clinics occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and those of the podiatrist you’re seeing, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask your podiatrist if you should call to check on the progress of test results or if the foot doctor will call you with updates.
    • Make sure your podiatrist has accurate contact information for you. He or she may need to reschedule an appointment or reach you regarding diagnostic tests or changes in your foot treatments. Having your correct phone number on file will ensure that you get the follow-up information you expect.
    • Return calls right away when your Santa Clara County podiatrist office contacts you. Keep all scheduled appointments or be sure to cancel with 24-hour notice if you are unable to keep your appointment to avoid cancellation charges and allow other patients to fill in your place.
    • Pay all co-pays, outstanding invoices or service charges immediately.
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Written Warranties
The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee for Podiatry Services

All Diamond Certified companies are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee including those that serve patients in Milpitas, Palo Alto, Cupertino, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Gilroy and the rest of Santa Clara County.

If the podiatrist you’ve visited for foot pain or ankle pain is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue by talking with the podiatrist or podiatric clinic owner, contact the mediation department at [email protected] or call 800-738-1138.

Easy Ways To End Conflict with Santa Clara County Podiatrists
Whether you’ve decided to visit a podiatrist in Gilroy, Cupertino, Campbell, Palo Alto, Milpitas or another area, you can feel fairly confident that your choice is a good one. Most Santa Clara County podiatrists are professionals who look out for their patients’ health and best interests. In most cases, they will be honest and treat you with the respect and care you expect from any doctor.

However, even the best podiatrists are liable to make mistakes from time to time, and you may need to take measures to resolve conflicts and misunderstandings.

The helpful tips below will give you a head start in ending disagreements and getting your foot care services back on track.

  • Don’t wait to approach the foot doctor about your concerns or problems with your foot care services. You should be able to tell your podiatrist immediately when you are unhappy with your care or their services. You can usually head off bigger problems in the future by being upfront with your foot doctor the minute concerns arise.
  • Document your complaints in writing. Keep a written record of when you spoke with your Santa Clara County podiatrist, what your concerns were and how they addressed the issue.
  • Set a deadline for resolution, and hold your podiatrist to that date.
  • Change podiatrists as a last resort. Switching foot care providers can impact the level and timing of the care you receive, and discontinuing foot care treatments for foot pain or foot problems can seriously impact your health.

Report any egregious concerns or malpractice issues to the American PodiatricMedical Association (www.apma.org), the California State Attorney General and other licensing boards.

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Top 10 Requests
Santa Clara County Foot Doctor Treatments and Podiatry Services

Many podiatrists in Santa Clara County offer traditional foot doctor services to diagnose and treat foot pain and reoccurring foot problems. The following are some of the more common services offered by foot care professionals in Santa Clara County, including San Jose, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Milpitas, Palo Alto District, Cupertino, Gilroy, Campbell and Morgan Hill and beyond.

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the ligament on the bottom of the foot that attaches to the heel bone becomes irritated. This can be a very painful condition that causes aching along the bottom of the foot, the heel and up the back of the calf. Treatment for plantar fasciitis includes rest, anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections or topical medications, physical therapy, night splints, orthotic devices, plantar fasciitis surgery and even shock wave therapy.

Orthopedic Surgeon Services in Santa Clara County 
Orthopedic surgeons are doctors who specialize in surgery on the musculoskeletal system, including the feet and ankles. Orthopedic surgeons for feet may treat plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis ruptures, ankle fractures, heel bone fractures, lawn mower injuries to feet, stress fractures of the feet and ankles, toe fractures, turf toe, corns, bunions, claw toes, diabetic foot treatment, flatfoot treatments, ingrown toenails, hammertoe treatment, orthotics and other treatments for feet and ankles that require surgery.

Bunion Treatment and Bunion Surgery in Santa Clara County 
A bunion, or a swelling of bone or tissue around toe joints, can be annoying or painful. Only painful bunions need immediate treatment. Most bunions can be treated at home by wearing roomier shoes, shoes with no heels, and shoes with good arch support. Bunion pads may also make bunions more comfortable to live with. Over the counter pain relievers, non-inflammatories, ice, physical therapy and splints can relieve minor pain. Bunion surgery by Santa Clara County foot surgeons is only recommended for bunions that are extremely painful, won’t respond to home remedies or that impede normal activities. The type of bunion surgery and recovery time depends on how severe the bunion is, where it is located and your overall health.

Santa Clara County Heel Pain Diagnosis
Heel pain may be caused by strains, sprains, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, athletic foot injuries, flat feet, Achilles tendonitis, and other foot problems or foot injuries. See a podiatrist that serves Blossom Valley, Permanente, New Almaden, East Palo Alto and Holy City or other areas for a comprehensive checkup and diagnosis of heel pain.

Heel Spur Treatment and Removal
Heel spurs are bony growths located on the bottom of the heel bone. They are often caused by irritated ligaments on the bottom of the foot that become inflamed. Heel spurs usually require removal by foot surgeons in Santa Clara County or your area.

Treatment for Flat Feet
Treatment for flat feet include arch supports or orthotic devices in shoes, stretching exercises to lengthen the Achilles tendon, and structurally supportive shoes. Children with flat feet may not need treatment unless the flat feet are causing pain or problems with walking.

Foot Fungus Treatment
Foot fungus treatment, including treatment for athlete’s foot and toenail fungus, includes over the counter antifungal creams and sprays, natural remedies including tea tree oil, and medical treatments such as pills and prescription creams. An important part of treating foot fungus is making sure your feet are clean and dry, wearing breathable shoes and absorbent socks, and applying medicated powders. Advanced cases of foot fungus may require prescriptions for oral antifungal pills from Santa Clara County podiatrists.

Podiatric Diagnostics for Foot Problems
Foot problems including foot pain, foot injuries, sports injuries, heel spurs, arch strains and other  foot ailments. Podiatrists in Santa Clara County, including those serving San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Mountain View and Milpitas and other areas can diagnose such foot injuries and foot pain and help patients decide on a course of treatment.

Treatment for Foot Cramps and Foot Pain
Foot cramps and foot pain can be caused by inappropriate footwear, foot strains, arch strains, tendon problems and bone issues. Only foot doctors can accurately diagnose foot pain and reoccurring foot cramps.

Toe Pain Diagnosis and Treatment from Santa Clara County Podiatrists
Toe pain can be caused by hammertoe, bunions, tendonitis, inappropriate footwear, strains and bone problems. Toe corrector products and over-the-counter pain medication may alleviate minor pain and discomfort, but serious toe pain should be overseen by Santa Clara County podiatrists.

Foot Care Product Brands
There are hundreds of footcare brands that help prevent and fix foot problems. They range from orthotic shoe inserts and pain relief products to comfortable shoes and foot braces.

Popular brands of foot care products include:

  • Dr. Scholls
  • Foot Levelers Orthotics
  • Superfeet Orthotics
  • Spenco Orthotics
  • Aircast Foot and Ankle Casts
  • Dansko Shoes
  • Ariat Shoes
  • New Balance Shoes
  • Orthogel Pain Relief for Feet
  • Lynco Orthotics
  • StretchRite
  • Orthaheel Orthotic Shoes
  • Footminders Orthotics
  • WalkFit Orthotics
  • Biofreeze Orthotic Pain Relief
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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms Pertaining to Foot Care and Podiatry

Understanding the terms used by your podiatrist or foot care professional is key to receiving better care and fixing your foot problems. The list below includes some of the more common terms likely to be used by foot doctors and foot pain clinics.

Achilles tendon
The Achilles tendon is the tendon that runs along the back of the heel. The Achilles tendon allows the foot to point. These tendons are susceptible to tearing, strains or rupture because of age, athletic activity and overuse.

Also known as: heel pain, Achilles tendon tears, Achilles tendon rupture, Achilles pain

athlete’s foot
Athlete’s foot is a skin condition that is usually caused by foot fungus. Athlete’s foot usually affects the sole of the foot and the area between the toes. It causes red, scaly, itchy bumps that may weep. Athlete’s foot is very contagious and can be contracted in locker rooms, gyms, pools, nail salons, and from person-to-person. Athlete’s foot requires a warm, moist environment to grow.

Also known as: tinea pedis, foot fungus

bunions
Bunions occur when toes bend to the inside or outside of the foot rather than pointing straight ahead. Bunions usually appear as a bump or lump on the toe that is painful or swollen. This often occurs near toe joints. Bunions may be caused by tight-fitting shoes, especially those that pinch or constrict the toes and ball of the foot.

Also known as: foot bunion, Hallux Valgus

calluses
Foot calluses are a thickening of the skin on the bottom of the foot. Many people develop small calluses in areas where their shoes rub; this natural occurrence helps protect the foot. Calluses that become too thick may qualify as Intractable Plantar Keratosis, also known as IPK, which can be a painful condition that needs attention from a podiatrist.

Also known as: foot calluses, heel calluses

corns
Corns are calluses that occur on the top of the toes. These can become thick and uncomfortable, even causing pain when one wears shoes.

Also known as: foot corns, toe corns

cosmetic foot surgery
Some podiatrists or orthopedic surgeons provide cosmetic foot surgery, including narrowing the foot, shortening the foot, narrowing toes, removing unsightly bumps on the foot, or other surgery that changes the size or appearance of the foot. This is often done so that feet fit better in shoes or look better.

Also known as: plastic surgery for feet, toe-shortening surgery, surgery for ugly feet

cracked heels
Dry, cracked heels can also be known as xeorosis. This condition is evident from the thickening of the sole of the foot (usually on the heel) and heel calluses that crack. Cracked heels may start out as a cosmetic problem, but may turn into painful heel cracks that bleed and ache. Cracked heels may become especially problematic in individuals who have diabetes, low blood pressure or other medical issues that can exacerbate the problem.

Also known as: dry cracked heels, heel cracks, heel fissures, painful heel cracks, deep heel cracks

diabetic foot care
Diabetes, characterized by high blood sugar and obesity, often has a negative impact on the feet of diabetics. Those with diabetes often suffer from foot problems, foot infections, and even open sores or toe damage. Diabetics should regularly see a podiatrist or foot doctor to monitor their feet for infection or damage.

Also known as: foot care for diabetics, diabetes foot problems, foot problems associated with diabetes

flat feet
Most people have foot arches that help absorb shock and keep the body in proper alignment. Some individuals with no arches, known as flat feet, experience foot pain, ankle pain, knee pain and even lower back pain. Flat feet may be treated using custom foot orthotics or other treatments that help support the foot.

Also known as: no arches, low arches, collapsed arches, flat foot pain

foot fracture
Fractures are breaks in the bone. Traumatic fractures of the feet occur as a direct result of an injury, while stress fractures in the feet occur over time and as a result of repeated minor trauma. Fractures often take weeks or months to heal, and may require the use of braces or casts depending on the severity of the fracture.

Also known as: stress fractures in feet, foot trauma, broken foot, foot fracture non-union

gout
Gout can be hereditary, or caused by sudden weight loss, the use of diuretics, or increased uric acid in the body. Gout can be very painful, and should be addressed immediately by a foot care professional or medical doctor.

Also known as: hyperuricemia, elevated uric acid, foot gout

hammertoes
Hammertoes occur when the muscles of the toes become bent or crooked, forcing the toes to buckle under and making the toe joints jut out. Hammertoe can be very painful, and often requires surgery to correct the problem.

heel spurs
Heel spurs are bony growths on the bottom of the heel bone. Heel spurs are often caused by inflamed ligaments on the bottom of the foot that become irritated by the stress of the foot ligament. Heel spurs usually require removal by foot surgery.

ingrown toenails
Toenails that grow in toward the skin rather than straight out are known as ingrown toenails. If left to grow in the wrong direction, ingrown toenails will cut into the skin and cause pain and infection. Irritation, redness, swelling and pain are signs that a toenail is becoming ingrown. Ingrown toenails often occur when toenails are cut in a round shape, rather than straight across, or may occur if the toenail becomes damaged. Surgery may be needed to repair ingrown toenails.

neuroma
Neuromas are swollen, irritated nerves in the ball of the foot. Most occur between the third and fourth toes, and can cause pain when walking. Neuromas may also present as a swelling between the toes that feels like a rock in a shoe, and may feel like a shooting electric pain.

Also known as: foot neuroma, foot pain, pain in the ball of the foot

orthotics
Orthotics are foot care products that provide support and proper alignment for feet. Many orthotics are custom made and fit in shoes. These are supportive devices that help with pain in the bone and ligaments of feet and repair poor biomechanics in the foot.

Also known as: custom orthotics, orthotic inserts, foot orthotics, orthotic devices for shoes

plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is when the ligament on the bottom of the foot that attaches to the heel bone becomes irritated. This can be a very painful condition that causes aching along the bottom of the foot, the heel and up the back of the calf.

Also known as: foot pain, heel pain, heel spur, plantar fascia pain

sweaty feet
Most people’s feet sweat, but some individuals have excessive sweating of the feet. This can lead to foot odor, foot fungus, athlete’s foot and can be an embarrassing and damaging problem. Sweaty feet may be due to anemia, an overactive thyroid or other medical issue.

toenail fungus
Toenail fungus infects the nail and nail beds, decaying the nail and causing it to become thick, deformed and often painful. Toenail fungus can spread from one toe to another, and may be a sign of a weak immune system or internal problems. Toenail fungus may occur from athlete’s foot, or when individuals wear dirty socks, or when feet are frequently wet or damp.

Also known as: nail fungus, foot fungus, toe fungus

ulcers on feet
Foot ulcers occur when the skin on the feet breaks down. This is often due to diabetes, low blood pressure, low circulation or other illnesses. If left untreated, foot ulcers can become infected and may even require the foot to be amputated.

Also known as: foot ulcers, ulcerated feet, foot sores

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ For Podiatrists, Podiatric Surgeons and Podiatric Physicians

You’ll want to ask your podiatrist specific questions about your specific foot and ankle ailments. However, there are questions that are common in the industry. The questions and answers below may be helpful as you plan to visit a foot doctor near you.

Q: Why choose Diamond Certified podiatrists or foot care professionals?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a podiatrist with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only foot doctors rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified podiatrist for your foot care needs.

Q: What is a podiatrist?
A: Podiatrists, also known as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine or DPM, are foot doctors that are educated in and licensed to diagnose and treat problems in feet, ankles and lower legs. Podiatrists may offer foot chiropractic services, foot surgery, orthopedic foot care, vascular foot care, dermatology services for feet, foot stress fracture care, treatment for bunions and heel spurs, plantar fasciitis treatment, toe pain diagnosis and orthotics. DPM may also be better able to care for individuals with birth or growth deformities of the feet, work injuries of the feet, sports injuries of the feet or ankles, hammertoes, ankle trauma, ingrown toenails, foot arthritis, diabetes foot care and vascular disease of the feet.

Q: Is there a difference between podiatrists and podiatric physicians, foot doctors, or podiatric surgeons?
A: Doctors of podiatric medicine, also known as DPMs, serve patients with all kinds of foot care services. Some doctors of podiatry have different training and experience, while others prefer one kind of foot care over the others. However, all DPMs are qualified to diagnose and treat foot pain, foot problems and ankle pain.

Q: Should I choose a Board Certified podiatrist?
A: The American Board of Podiatric Surgery sets the standards and credentials that podiatrists and foot doctors must earn to be certified foot surgeons. This is important because board-certified podiatrists are sure to have high levels of training and experience in foot care and foot surgery. While not all of the best podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons are board certified, you can be sure that board certified foot surgeons are some of the best in the country.

Q: Will my insurance cover my foot care at a local podiatrist clinic?
A: This depends on your insurance coverage plan. However, most insurance plans will cover medically-necessary foot care, foot problem diagnosis, and treatment for foot problems. Ask the local podiatry clinics to assist you in learning what your insurance company and plan will cover.

Q: What is a fungal nail infection and can a podiatrist help diagnose and treat nail infections?
A: Fungal nail infections, or fingernail or toenail fungus, are common infections of the nailbed. Discoloration, thickening and pain in and around the toenail are common symptoms. As many as 36 million Americans suffer from nail infections. Podiatrists can diagnose toenail fungus infections with a simple lab test and can treat the infection with topical medications or prescription medications. Nail infections can spread and may lead to serious health problems, so you should see a foot doctor if you suspect you have a toenail infection.

Q: How long is the recovery time after bunion removal?
A: Most bunion surgeries are outpatient procedures to remove foot bunions. The recovery time for individuals who have had bunions removed will vary depending on the severity of the bunion, the location of the removal site, their age and overall health. Most people will need to stay off of their feet and elevate the foot for at least two weeks after the bunion surgery, as well as wear a surgical boot until their podiatrist okays regular footwear.

Q: What is laser surgery for feet?
A: Some podiatrists offer laser foot surgery to treat ingrown toenails, plantar warts and soft tissue problems in feet, ankles and lower legs. Laser surgery for feet doesn’t require cutting or incisions, so healing time may be faster and there may be less scarring than with traditional foot surgery.

Q: Do podiatrists specialize in treating different foot ailments?
A: Some foot doctors specialize in sports medicine, foot surgery, biomechanics of the feet and ankles, geriatric foot care, orthopedic foot care, pediatric and youth podiatric services. Others may specialize in primary care for feet, ankles and lower legs.

Q: Can my podiatrist help me with my diabetes or arterial disease?
A: Many foot doctors care for the feet and ankles of patients who suffer from other chronic illnesses, including arterial and vascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, obesity, and other health problems that can lead to foot problems or complications with the lower extremities.

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