Offering expert footcare services for Laredo, TX, and the surrounding community for over 25 years
Joseph M. Quezada, D.P.M.
Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. A podiatrist holds a doctor of podiatric medicine (D.P.M.) degree, which is a 4-year degree received from one of seven podiatric medical schools in the United States. These schools offer courses similar to the ones given at medical schools where graduates earn M.D.s to become medical doctors.Podiatrists need to have expertise in orthopedics, radiography, sports medicine, dermatology, and surgery. Some of the conditions that podiatrists treat are ankle injuries, bunions, calluses, neuromas, running injuries, and toe deformities. They are often the first health professionals to diagnose vascular problems that have previously gone unrecognized. Podiatrists also contribute significantly to the areas of diabetic foot care and wound healing.
Podiatrists certified by this board have:
- Completed a residency in podiatric surgery
- Passed written and oral examination in podiatric surgery
- Completed peer review of surgical cases performed while in private practice.
Podiatrists certified by this board have passed written and oral examinations in:
- Physical therapy
- Sports medicine
- Infectious disease
- Podiatric medicine
- Vascular disease
A board certified podiatrist completes the following educational training:
- Baccalaureate degree in premedicine from an accredited university
- Medical College Admissions Test
- Doctor of podiatric medicine degree from one of seven nationally accredited podiatric medical schools
- Medical rotations that are the same as in medical school
- Clinical rotations in teaching hospitals with foot and ankle concentration
- In depth clinical study of foot and ankle pathology
- One to three years of podiatric surgical residency training
- Six months to one year of fellowship training for foot and ankle subspecialty
- About 84% of all U.S. hospitals have podiatrists on staff.
- About 57% of podiatric physicians are affiliated with preferred provider organizations.
- About 52% of podiatrists are affiliated with nursing homes.
- About 47% of podiatrists are affiliated with health maintenance organizations.
- About 21% of podiatrists are affiliated with academic institutions.
Podiatrists frequently consult with MDs and take emergency calls in hospitals. Many professional sports teams have podiatric surgeons as team medical experts and many celebrities opt for treatment with podiatric surgeons.