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  • Can Podiatrists remove corns?

    Yes, podiatrists provide routine foot care which includes corn and callus removal. Corns and calluses can be very painful for the patient and difficult to reach. A professional removal is recommended.

    Can Podiatrists remove ingrown toenails?

    Yes. Ingrown nails are painful and tend to become infected. Prompt surgical removal of ingrown nails provides a lot of relief to the patient.

    Can Podiatrists remove calluses?

    Yes. Calluses and corns can become pressure points and very painful, particularly on the bottom of the feet where body weight is distributed. Corn and callus removal is considered routine foot care provided by podiatrists to ensure pain-free activity.

    Do Podiatrists cut toenails?

    Yes. Patients with system illnesses (i.e. diabetes with peripheral neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease) are at risk of developing infection if they attempt to cut their own nails. A trained professional can provide this service for them. However, non-diabetic patients may also wish to seek the help of a podiatrist for debridement or cutting of the toe nails for a variety of different reasons.

    Do you offer a flat fee for routine foot care?

    Yes. We offer routine foot care (cutting or pairing of toe nails and calluses) for a flat fee of $70.

    If I have plantar fasciitis, would I see a Podiatrist or my regular doctor first?

    Your primary care doctor may have good suggestions to treat plantar fasciitis, a podiatrist/foot and ankle surgeon can provide the patient with more advanced treatment options. The core of podiatric training involves understanding how the human foot functions with the goal of returning patients to pain-free walking and range of motion.

    Do I need to see a podiatrist if I am diabetic? If so, how often should I see a podiatrist?

    It is very important for diabetic patients to see a podiatrist. During the evaluation, a podiatrist will examine the biomechanics of your foot as well as your nervous and circulatory systems. Depending on the risk factors, you may need to see your podiatrist every 3 months or once a year for routine foot care. If clinical findings are concerning, the treatment plan will be adjusted and tailored to the patient’s needs.

    What are some common foot problems caused by diabetes?

    Manifestation of diabetes in the foot could lead to loss of sensation, foot deformities, dry skin, and wounds. A diabetic foot requires evaluation by a podiatrist.

    Can Podiatrists write prescriptions?

    Yes

    Should children see a Podiatrist?

    Pediatric foot deformities are common. They can include ingrown toenails, warts or complex foot deformities. Early detection leads to better outcomes for the patient.

    Do you take insurance?

    We participate in all major insurances in the Maryland and D.C. area. Please call our office if you have questions.

    What insurance do you take?

    Medicare, Blue Cross, Cigna, Aetna, United Healthcare, Amerigroup, AmeriHealth, Priority Partners, Maryland Physician Care, Medicaid, along with several other insurances.

  • Can a Podiatrist treat nail fungus?

    Yes. Toenail fungus can become painful, infected, and unsightly. It may also spread and cause superficial fungal infections of the skin or spread from one toenail to another. Prompt evaluation and treatment are important. There are several treatment options that your podiatrist will discuss with you during your evaluation.

    What are some common issues associated with the bones of the foot?

    Bunions and hammertoes are fairly common pathologies seen in the forefoot. They can become very painful and make it difficult to wear shoe gear. Early detection and treatment of these pathologies may prevent the need for surgery. However, in some instances surgical intervention is necessary.

    What conditions/injuries can Podiatrists treat?

    A podiatrist treats all ailments of the human foot. Podiatrists today are rigorously trained in common foot and ankle pathologies as well as surgical treatment of foot and ankle pathologies. For example, podiatrists lead efforts of limb salvage in the diabetic population who are at risk for developing wounds and limb loss. Your podiatrist can also help with all acute injuries to the human foot and ankle, as well as birth deformities or deformities developed over the years.

    Can Podiatrists treat sports-related injuries to the foot and ankle?

    Yes. Podiatrists see a variety of patients who develop sports-related injuries, including runners, soccer players, tennis players, football players, etc. These athletes can present with ankle or joint pain, ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, ankle instability, and plantar fasciitis, as well as other injuries or symptoms. Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) is one effective treatment utilized by podiatrists to aid recovery for athletes who wish to regain 100% mobility without the use of steroids.

    Can a Podiatrist help with symptoms of flat feet?

    Absolutely. A podiatrist can treat the symptoms of flat foot and diagnose the cause of flat foot (which varies between children and adults). During your consultation, X-rays of the feet are taken, specific areas evaluated, and the results are reviewed with you. Neglected flatfoot may lead to pain, severe arthritis or deformity, which can impact the patient’s life as it becomes more difficult for them to perform daily activities.

    Can a Podiatrist tell me if I need custom orthotics?

    Yes. As podiatrists, it is our goal to ensure that our patients can walk pain-free. A custom orthotic device for the right candidate is a very powerful tool to return the patient to their previous activity level or correct deformities. A custom orthotic can treat, accommodate, and support your feet.

    Do I need a referral to see a Podiatrist?

    We recommend a referral from your primary care physician, but this is based on your insurance plan. Please familiarize yourself with your plan and benefits.

    What is the difference between a Podiatrist and a Chiropodist?

    Podiatrists are trained heavily in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery, and much of their training is comparable to M.D. training. “Chiropodist” is a former name given to podiatry and still used in some countries in the world.

    How often does Medicare pay for Podiatry?

    There are no restrictions on Medicare coverage for podiatry visits.

    Does Medicare pay for Podiatrists to cut toenails?

    Yes, but only for patients who meet the specific criteria set forth by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). These restrictions are very clear and enforced. A routine foot care form must be signed by the patient’s primary care physician as well.

    Are there pediatric Podiatrists?

    Not that I am aware of.

    Do you have weekend hours?

    No