DPM Defined: What is a Podiatrist?

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

Foot examHave you ever wondered what a podiatrist is, anyway? Or what kind of training they require to be able to do their jobs? If so, you’re not alone. For some people the title “podiatrist” is an unfamiliar one. However, if you experience pain in your feet or ankles, you’ll quickly find they are the best doctors to contact.

A podiatrist is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), which means he or she specializes in the care and treatment of the feet and ankles. Extensive training allows these specialists to use both conservative, noninvasive treatments and surgery to correct conditions and relieve discomfort in your lowest limbs.

To earn their DPM degree, podiatrists attend four years of undergraduate study for their bachelor’s degree, four years of podiatric medical school, and then a three year hospital residency. If they choose to further specialize for particular aspects or areas of the foot, like diabetic, senior, or child foot care, they continue their training. After their advanced training and some clinical experience, these doctors take exams hosted by either the American Board of Podiatric Medicine or the American Board of Podiatric Surgery to receive their board certification.

Intentional Foot Care

The feet are, in general, one of the most overlooked areas of the body. They carry you wherever you need to go, and whenever you run, jump, or do anything aside from standing, you are adding extra pressure to your foot structures. Increased health awareness and an emphasis on sports and exercise puts more people at risk for straining their lower limbs, simply because they are unaware of how to best care for them. These limbs are also a great measure of your general health—many serious conditions, like diabetes, develop noticeable symptoms in your feet first. Still, most people don’t think about them until they hurt. By then, however, a problem may have been developing for some time. An experienced podiatrist like Dr. Robert Parker can help you catch problems with your feet early and prevent pain that could severely limit your mobility.

If you wonder why you should visit a podiatrist for your foot and ankle concerns rather than your regular doctor, consider this: a quarter of all the bones in your body are found in your feet. All those bones have ligaments and tendons attached to them in various places. The lower limbs are also packed with small muscles, nerves, and blood vessels, among other tissues, to be able to support you. With such a complex structure holding your body, a specialized physician like Dr. Robert Parker, is the most suited to treat your pain.

Our Specialties

Dr. Robert Parker is a board-certified podiatrist, and has been practicing podiatric medicine for over forty years. He provides high-quality care for a wide variety of treatments. He has additional experience with nerve decompression and surgery, as well as diabetic neuropathy, which can all be delicate and complicated areas of treatment. The office’s cutting edge technology does include a nail laser for the most advanced and efficient nail fungus treatment. If you are concerned about nerve pain or unsightly toenails, Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX, is the office to visit.

Don’t wait until your pain interrupts your life, and your mobility is limited to seek help for your feet and ankles. Instead, contact our office and begin your path to healing and relief today. You can reach us online or by calling (281) 497-2850.