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Doctors at The Foot Institute specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of the foot and ankle. They spend an average of 10 years in higher education, the first four years in undergraduate studies to obtain a Bachelors Degree, and the second four years in Medical School to obtain a Podiatric Medical Degree. Podiatric Medical School is similar to conventional medical school and in fact several podiatry programs are located within these schools. After obtaining a Podiatric Medial Degree, Doctors at the Foot Institute complete a hospital "internship" or residency for another one to three years.
At the completion of the internship or residency, our Podiatrists have received extensive medical training with an emphasis on problems concerning the feet and ankles. They are trained to treat problems ranging from common ailments such as fungal and ingrown toenails, to those which are more complex such as clubfoot, bunions, or reconstructive surgery of the foot. Doctors at The Foot Institute have extensive surgical training which give them the experience necessary to perform surgery on those problems that are best treated through surgical intervention.
Doctors at the Foot Institute also have a thorough knowledge and understanding of biomechanics, which is the study of the forces which the feet and legs undergo as we walk, run or perform other activities. Understanding biomechanics and gait abnormalities enables a Podiatrist to design shoes and orthotics which can give pain relief and prevent many problems which the feet commonly encounter.