What is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist, also called a doctor of podiatric medicine, is a specialist who provides medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, such as bunions, heel pain, spur, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns and calluses. A podiatrist also renders care of sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle and heel. In addition to undergraduate medical school training, podiatrists also attend graduate school for a doctorate degree in podiatry. Podiatrists are required to take state and national exams, as well as be licensed by the state in which they practice. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are an estimated 15,000 practicing podiatrists in the United States. Podiatrists are in demand more than ever today because of a rapidly aging population. In addition, according to the association, foot disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems affecting people in this country.


(The Academy of Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery formally known as AAFAS Academy of Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Surgery)

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) : Over the last few years, Dr. Kent has completed extensive training with the AMIFAS to obtain certification in this method of surgeries. This technique recently garnered quite a bit of attention from Surgeons in many specialties, including Podiatry. Dr. Kent does the majority of his surgeries here at our location in our state of the art surgery suite. When your procedure is MIS, your procedure is done under a local anesthesia. The procedure itself takes a fraction of the time meaning you are in and out of our office and back in the comfort of your home to recover that same morning. Another great benefit is the decreased risk of infection and complications, as well as smaller incisions meaning smaller scars.

You may be wondering just exactly WHAT surgeries can be done under the MIS technique?... MANY! Hammertoes, Bunions, Bonespurs, and Plantar Fascia Releases are just a few.

While Minimally Invasive Surgeries are much less stressful for the patient, we absolutely understand that anxiety prior to procedures is natural, that's why Dr. Kent has become certified to administer Nitrous Oxide (Think of the gas you get at the dentist!).  We have found that when patients choose this option in conjuction with their procedures, their stress level is even less and they become much more comfortable during the process.

Dr. Kent has much of the latest technology available in his office. One of the most utilized is our CO2 laser for the treatment of issues such as ingrown toenails and plantar warts (to name a few). When caught in time, we can use this laser during the treatment of an ingrown toenail to decrease the chances of your ingrown toenail returning.

Typically, podiatrists:

  • Consult with patients and other physicians on how to prevent foot problems.
  • Diagnose and treat tumors, ulcers, fractures, skin and nail diseases, and deformities.
  • Perform surgeries to correct or remedy such problems as bunions, clawtoes, fractures, hammertoes, infections, ruptured Achilles, and other ligaments and tendons.
  • Prescribe therapies and perform diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and lab tests.
  • Prescribe or fits patients with inserts called orthotics that correct walking patterns.
  • Treat conditions such as: bone disorders, bunions, corns, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails, and plantar fasciitis.

Ankle Sprains
Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, often resulting in one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle to be stretched or torn. If not properly treated, ankle sprains could develop into long-term problems. Read More...

Bunions are misaligned big toe joints that can become swollen and tender, causing the first joint of the big toe to slant outward, and the second joint to angle toward the other toes. Read More...

Flat Feet
Flat feet are a common condition. In infants and toddlers, the longitudinal arch is not developed and flat feet are normal. The arch develops in childhood, and by adulthood, most people have developed normal arches. Read More...

Hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. Left untreated, hammertoes can become inflexible and require surgery. Read More...

Diabetes and Your Feet
With a diabetic foot, a wound as small as a blister from wearing a shoe that's too tight can cause a lot of damage. Diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slow to heal. Read More...

Heel Pain
Plantar fasciitis (or heel pain) is commonly traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Our practice can evaluate arch pain, and may prescribe customized shoe inserts called orthoses to help alleviate the pain. Read More...

Corns and calluses are protective layers of compacted, dead skin cells. They are caused by repeated friction from skin rubbing against bony areas or against an irregularity in a shoe. Corns ordinarily form on the toes and calluses on the soles of the feet. Read More...

Athlete's Foot
A chronic infection caused by various types of fungus, Athlete's foot is often spread in places where people go barefoot such as public showers or swimming pools. Read More...

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