Find a Podiatrist Near Me

Three out of four Americans experience serious foot problems in their lifetime. But until problems happen, we tend to forget about our feet – and often abuse them.

With regular foot care, you can prevent or reduce many foot and ankle problems, which is important because your feet reflect your overall health. An ailment in the feet can be the first sign of more serious medical issues such as arthritis or diabetes.

Mercy podiatrists treat a variety of conditions and use innovative techniques and treatments. We are vital members of your care team since we are often the first to detect symptoms of diabetes and cardiovascular disease because of the foot's relationship with the rest of the body.

 We treat all foot disorders, including:

5 Things to Bring to a Podiatrist Appointment

When meeting with a podiatrist for the first time, here are a few things to take with you:

  1. Clean, “un-pedicured” feet.
    Go ahead and wash your feet before your visit but don’t feel the need to get a pedicure. Most nail salons are not medically sterile and can introduce your feet to viral, bacterial and fungal infections.
  2. Clean, unpolished nails.
    The podiatrist may want to conduct a clinical examination of your nails, and possible a culture. Clear, untrimmed nails will allow the podiatrist to assess your overall nail health.
  3. Notes on what’s been bothering you.
    If you have foot pain, keep a record of when the pain started, what level the pain reached and when the pain is better or worse. If you have changes in your skin, take a note of those as well.
  4. A complete list of all your medications.
    Your podiatrist may prescribe medication and will need to know what medicines you’re already taking, along with the dosages. All medications are important in understanding your overall health. 
  5. Shoes.
    Your footwear can have a huge impact on your foot (and overall) health. If you wear orthotics or any assisted walking device, bring them to the appointment. A podiatrist may want to examine wear patterns and assess your walking gait.