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What Does a Podiatrist Do?

A podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in treating foot and ankle problems, this includes a number of issues specific to the foot and its adjacent structures, as well as assisting with related conditions. There are many reasons why you should visit your Fort Walton Beach and Crestview, FL, podiatrists, some of these will be outlined below but to learn much more you can reach out to Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi and Dr. Neil Patel of Emerald Coast Podiatry.

Foot Pain

If you find yourself in a podiatrist's office, the reason for it is very likely to be foot pain. Preventive visits can sometimes help you avoid these, but you are more prone to developing foot pain if you have a job that demands you to be on your feet for long hours, if you are an athlete, either full time or as a hobby, or if you are carrying extra weight or are obese.

Your doctor can help diagnose what may be troubling you as well as offer treatment, which is typically noninvasive.

Foot Conditions

Foot pain can also be caused by foot conditions, conditions that can be brought on by overuse and lack of support. This lack of support is usually due to the structure of your feet from birth.

Your podiatrist can correct these support problems with custom prescribed orthotics and specialized treatment for the individual condition.


Regular preventive visits to your podiatrist are significantly more important if you suffer from diabetes as the condition can make foot problems and disorders much more likely and also more damaging. Diabetes can make it harder for your body to heal and to feel pain, especially in the extremities. This makes issues like ingrown nails more dangerous than normal, so your doctor can help you properly and safely trim your nails as well as perform in-depth examinations to make sure there are no surprises.

Podiatrist Services in Fort Walton Beach and Crestview, FL

To schedule a consultation with your Fort Walton Beach and Crestview, FL, podiatrists, Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi and Dr. Neil Patel of Emerald Coast Podiatry, you can dial 850-862-4119 to reach the Fort Walton Beach, FL, office and 850-682-6522 for Crestview, FL.

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