OSF Holy Family Medical Center

Monmouth, Illinois


What is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), also known as a podiatric physician or surgeon. Podiatrists diagnose and treat conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg.

Podiatrists can specialize in many fields, including surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics (children), and diabetic care. Today's podiatrists are highly trained physicians and surgeons focusing on the foot and ankle and should be an important part of your health-care team.

Your Feet

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.

Below are some common causes of pain in the foot or ankle.

  • Heel Pain
  • Corns and Calluses
  • Warts
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Ingrown Nails
  • Toenail Fungus