A week ago, you noticed a wart appeared on the side of your toe. At first, you ignored it, but now it has grown double in size and is irritated from rubbing against your shoes. Perplexed, you stare at it, google wart a few times, and panic at all the potential illnesses that could cause a wart. Do not fret my friend, it is merely time to call James C. Rocketti, DPM or your local podiatrist.

What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a medical professional who specializes in the care of, and illnesses of the feet and ankles. A podiatrist is a specialist, not just a general practitioner. This means that they must earn a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine (also known as a DPM) in order to practice in the foot and ankle field. In the United States, there is a limited amount of accredited Universities that offer this Doctorate.

Why Choose a Podiatrist?

When you go to the local home supply store, do you ask someone who specializes in small appliances how to paint your bathroom so that it is mold resistant? No, you ask the paint specialist at the store. Choosing a podiatrist has a similar concept. It is important to talk about your foot and ankle problems with someone who specializes in them. After all, your feet make up a total of one quarter of the bones in your entire body. While your regular physician has been trained in all basic concepts of the body, it is best to leave feet to the podiatrist. They are the experts. They diagnose, treat, and prevent foot problems every day.

How to Find a Podiatrist?

  1. Call your insurance provider – on the back of most healthcare cards there is a member number. You can call that number and talk to a customer service representative who can give you a list of podiatrists that are covered with your plan.
  2. Get a referral – your regular physician knows many different specialists. Often times, they partner with different firms and will provide a referral to their practices. Not only does it get you the “in” in an otherwise long wait time, it also gives you comfort to know that your doctor recommends the person who will be treating your foot or ankle issue.
  3. Do a google search – the internet is a very fine tool. It has pages upon pages of data regarding podiatrists, their locations, and what insurances they take. All you have to do is type in, “How to Choose a Podiatrist” and endless amounts of options and reviews are given to you.

Still worried about that wart? Having some unexplained ankle pain? Is Diabetes effecting your feet? At James C. Ricketti, DPM we strive to answer all your concerns and treat them promptly. We provide a professional atmosphere that will allow you to feel at ease. Our office is conveniently located in Hamilton Square, New Jersey at the Golden Crest Center. Dr. James C. Ricketti and Dr. Stephen J. Skokan are waiting on their toes, to treat your feet. Call 609-587-1674 to make an appointment today!

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