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do i need a referral to see a podiatristWhen we are in pain, it can often be very frustrating and complicated to decipher our health insurance benefits.  This is especially relevant when it comes to issues pertaining to the feet and ankles, where your mobility can be affected as well.  It is important to have these ailments diagnosed and treated immediately, to avoid any further complications.  However, the question arises, how can I see a podiatrist quickly and do I need to provide a referral to do so?

 
What Is Podiatry?

 
Prior to speaking with your primary care doctor about a podiatry referral,  you may want to hear about what they have to offer and how they can help you.  Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in the treatment of foot, ankle and lower leg symptoms and diseases.  This is a large variety of ailments which range from plantar fascitis to deformities of the feet and toes.  They use different methods, both medication and in-office procedures, to cure those who suffer from these symptoms and prevent future ailments.

 
Up On Your Feet!

 
Studies worldwide show that nearly all adults suffer from some sort of pain the feet.  This can be due to wear and tear, footwear, poor circulation, toenail fungus, underlying cardiac disease or diabetes or even blisters.  The feet should be checked regularly by a podiatrist to prevent any gait, walking or postural abnormalities as well.  Your podiatrist can advise you on the best shoes, creams, ointments and preventative methods to keep you up on your feet!

 
When Would I See A Podiatrist?

 
There are a few tell tale signs that you must ask your physician for a podiatry referral, as soon as possible.  First, if you experience pain that does not stop for an extended period of time, especially if you are not bearing weight on the feet.  Secondly, it’s important to pay special attention to your heels, as they are prone to various forms of pathology.  If you experienced a heel injury and the pain seems to persist, even after icing and taking ibuprofen at home, it is time to make an appointment.  Lastly, if your feet develop a rash, discoloration, chaffing or odor it is important to be seen right away.  These can be signs of dangerous infections or fungus which are developing, or can even be symptoms of an underlying autoimmune complication.
 
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your local and trusted podiatry practice.  Dr. Hickey and his team of trained, professional and courteous staff will diagnose and treat you in their state of the art practice.  Call 516-735-4545 to schedule your appointment today!