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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Origins of the Podiatrist

two older people walking down a path Did you know Abraham Lincoln suffered from severe foot pain? He often sought help from local physicians, but usually to no avail. It’s hard to imagine having to be president and not being comfortable on your feet. You use your feet every day. So, when problems arise that stop you from doing, or even just enjoying everyday activities, it can take a toll on your life, just like it did to Honest Abe. Luckily, a podiatrist can help you find solutions to common podiatric problems so your feet can heal. Dr. Juan A. Gonzalez, DPM has the experience necessary to alleviate your foot pain.

Podiatrists are specially trained to treat feet, ankles, and problems related to your lower extremities through years of education and specialized training. The study of podiatry actually has a long history. It has also evolved over time into what we have today, ensuring you receive the best treatment possible.

How the Podiatrist Came to Be

The first evidence of podiatry came from a tomb of a physician in Ancient Egypt made in 2400 BC. Archaeologists found carvings of people caring for feet on the walls of his tomb around his grave. This is thought to be the first evidence of the study of podiatry, but the actual origins may still be unknown.

In Greece, philosopher Hippocrates studied people’s severely dry and bumpy feet; what we know today as corns and calluses. But it wasn’t until the late 1800s that doctors got together and attempted to create an organized system of podiatrists and podiatry.

In 1904, the famous Dr. Scholl of Dr. Scholl’s, William Mathias Scholl, developed the first form of arch support after attending medical school and studying the anatomy and physiology of feet. In 1912, he founded a college specifically for the study of podiatry.

During this time, the first journal of podiatry was established and more and more places began establishing colleges and schools dedicated to podiatry. So by 1958, the American Podiatric Medical Association was created. Since then, podiatry has evolved to the practice it has become today.

How a Podiatrist Can Help You

“Podiatrist” isn’t a word you hear passed around often. As opposed to your primary care doctor or dentist, you don’t always have to see your podiatrist on a regular basis. He or she will be there for you should an issue arise with your feet or ankles. Podiatrists are trained to treat everything from problems with your toenails to issues with arthritis and aging feet. They can remove ingrown toenails, give you diabetic foot care as well as offer help with fungi like athlete’s foot. If you suffer from podiatric issues, it’s best to make an appointment with your podiatrist to get it treated right away.

Get the Podiatric Assistance You Deserve

Whether you have a stubborn foot fungus that just won’t go away or you need diabetic foot care, we’ve got you covered. Health issues, especially with your feet, can take a toll on your life. For this reason, we focus on helping you get better fast. Make an appointment with Dr. Juan A. Gonzalez, DPM today!

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