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podiatrist-careA podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in feet. Podiatrist is a specialized branch of the medical profession that is most often used for patients who are recommended by their family doctors. Podiatrists serve a select community, but their services are no less important. If you are in need of the services of a foot doctor, then there are a number of steps you must take to find the right podiatrist to fit your needs to meet the health needs of your toes and feet.

You can begin by looking for all the podiatrists in the Asheville North Carolina area, preferably those that are well established and have offices easy for you to reach. Google is a good source of information. Do a search for Asheville Podiatrist in Google and see who has the best  and the most reviews.

Recommendations
Your family and friends are obvious sources of recommendations as well as your family doctor. You should accept their advice with gratitude, but do not feel obliged to select their recommendations until you actually meet with the podiatrist.Podiatrist-foot-care

Board Certification
Podiatrists are certified either from the American Board of Podiatric Surgery or the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Podiatric Medicine. Make sure that your podiatrist is certified by at least one of those two boards.

Initial Meeting
You should schedule an initial consultation with the podiatrist. Their staff should be friendly and accommodating and the doctor should be courteous and listen to your needs. If you feel rushed or not feel that your are being paid attention to, then select another podiatrist.

While most podiatrists will be friendly and courteous, one thing you need to look for is how informative they are about your foot issues. Itís not good enough for a doctor to tell you what to do. They should also tell you why you need to do it. A good podiatrist will explain in clear details how to overcome your foot issues and set goals that are realistic in their treatment plan.

Comprehensive Care
Within podiatry, there are many different specialized fields that deal with specific ailments to the feet or ankles. From sports medicine to diabetic care, reconstructive foot and ankle surgeries to geriatric podiatry and much, much more, the podiatrist you choose should be one that fits your needs.

For example, if you are suffering from diabetes, then having a sports medicine specialist is probably not a good fit. Furthermore, youíll want your podiatrist to keeps up with the times as well. Continuing education and branching into new areas of interest is a good sign.

Equipment
Does the podiatrist embrace the latest medical and technical equipment? There have been a number of advances in recent years from laser treatment for toenail fungus  and foot pain to diagnostic equipment that reveals the causes of foot ailments more quickly than ever before. If the podiatrist is still using old fashioned diagnostic and treatment equipment, then you need to see another.

Finding the right podiatrist in the Asheville NC area, means getting one that is certified, specializes in your needs, has the equipment needed and cares about you. Your efforts should be directed at finding the podiatrist who meets that criteria the best.

 

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