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How can I find a good podiatrist?

There could be a variety of reasons for your needing a podiatrist. You could have an ingrown nail or you could have a severe injury to one or both of your feet. Whatever the case, you are now searching for one. Barring your being married or related to one, you’re going to have to cast out a net. But what is the best way to do this? Here’s the best way to locating a podiatrist who can get you back to health.

Research

There was a time where doing research on a doctor could be pretty much relegated to opening up a phone book, finding a particular doctor and then calling them to see if they were taking new patients. That all changed with the internet. Now all people have to do is type in something like “Podiatrists in Zipcode XXXXX” and a list will pop up, along with map directions. There are sites dedicated to rating doctors of all kinds of specialties, Patients can leave feedback on a host of sites, and while they can be quite informative, you have to be careful of information overload. Just go to a couple of sites that you know are trustworthy. Also, make sure that the podiatrist that you are interested in specializes in your area of injury - like a sports injury.

Word-Of-Mouth

The best people to talk to are your family members, friends and neighbors. They may have a podiatrist that they have been seeing for a long time and have nothing but rave reviews. On the other hand, they may have had a negative experience with another one that you might have been considering seeing and may want to steer you in another direction. When that happens, try to think about the possibility that that particular podiatrist or their staff member may have been having a bad day - they are human, after all. Still, multiple negative stories from different people may be a red flag.

Neighborhood

Sometimes you’ll be really lucky and wind up living in a neighborhood that has a lot of doctors in the area. Think New York City’s Park Avenue… but there are some areas all around where doctors just happen to hang their signs up. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you automatically go into their office without doing some of the aforementioned research beforehand.To just blindly go because of a matter of convenience could make you wind up with a serious case of regret. There are some times that going just a little bit further will be worth the time that you have to spend commuting to this office.

Accessibility

A podiatrist is someone who deals with a lot of foot problems. It makes sense then for most of them to be on the first floor, since stairs can be a hindrance to an impossibility for some. If it’s not handicap-friendly, then you might want to consider looking elsewhere.

Dr. John J Hickey is a podiatrist who practices out of Levittown, New York. He’s got extensive experience and he brings a humorous touch to his work. His staff is ready to handle anything from bunions to plantar fasciitis.