Philadelphia Tri-state Area Podiatrists Answer Foot Health Questions

We believe that every question deserves a good answer. Healthmark Foot and Ankle provides you the best up-to date information for your concerns.
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  • What happens during a Phoenixville podiatrist visit?

    Whether your podiatrist visit is for a specific concern or just a general checkup, it’s important to know what may take place during your consultation. Typically, you’ll need to fill out paperwork. This includes your medical history, so it’s best to bring lists of your medications, dates of surgeries and medical conditions that you are aware of. 

    Once you meet with your Phoenixville podiatrist, you’ll discuss the purpose of your podiatrist visit as he or she conducts your initial exam. A visual look at your feet, ankles and legs can give your doctor an immediate clue to some conditions that may be present. Blood tests may be necessary to check for certain conditions such as diabetes, which can cause poor circulation and neuropathy in the feet. 

    Make sure that you tell your podiatrist about any unusual symptoms or changes you’ve noticed in your feet. Sometimes a general examination is not enough to detect nerve damage or circulation issues. When you tell your doctor you are experiencing numbness, tingling, pain or loss of temperature, he or she may discuss additional tests to determine the cause of these conditions. 

    After your initial exam, your podiatrist will review your medical history and address any concerns you have with in-house test results and findings. If further review is needed, you'll schedule the proper tests, or the podiatrist may be able to make a diagnosis and create a treatment plan immediately. 

    A Phoenixville podiatrist visit should be a priority when you experience any unusual symptoms or changes in your feet. It’s also a good measure to have regular podiatrist care when you are prone to foot conditions, such as diabetes or metabolic syndrome. 

    Take the Anxiety out of a Phoenixville Podiatrist Visit 

    Don’t let the fear of a medical diagnosis and treatment prevent you from seeking care for your feet when you need it. Leaving foot problems unchecked because you keep putting off a podiatrist visit may only make matters worse. 

    The Phoenixville podiatrist team at HealthMark Foot & Ankle Associates is dedicated to caring for more than just your feet; we take the time to provide comprehensive care for your entire lifestyle. Our 3-doctor team can give you the personal attention and specialized care you need to get back on your feet and enjoy life again. Contact us at 1-610-565-3668 for a consultation at our Media office or 1-610-933-8644 for our Phoenixville office.

  • What is the difference between a podiatrist and an orthopedist?

    The reality is, it depends on the doctor. There are exceptional and mediocre doctors in both professions. Podiatrists attend a four year medical school and earn a D.P.M. degree. Orthopedists earn an M.D. degree after four years of medical school. Both professions fulfill a surgical residency. The post-graduate podiatric residency is a multi-year program tailored to the medical and surgical aspects of the foot and the ankle, and related structures. A foot and ankle orthopedist will have obtained a post-residency fellowship for at least six months to one year specifically focusing on the foot and ankle.
              General training in medicine, detecting, and treating medical conditions occurs in both professions. Orthopedists will treat musculo-skeletal conditions only. In addition to musculo-skeletal problems, podiatrists will treat medical conditions and other systemic diseases of the skin, the vascular system, nerves, and joints. These conditions include diabetic related problems, heel spurs, ingrown toenails, calluses, and fallen arches, to name a few. Both a podiatrist and a foot and ankle orthopedist can and will perform surgical procedures including arthroscopy.

  • Does my insurance cover my care?

    We participate with most major insurance companies. Each insurance company is different as well as each plan, not all benefits are inclusive. Please contact you insurance company prior to your arrival and inquire your specific benefits. It is important to know what is required of you for your appointment, ie: referral, co-pay, etc.

    Patients are responsible or all medical bills. The amount your insurance company will pay is determined by the terms of your policy. Each insurance company handles surgery and coverage differently. Some require referrals and pre-certification, some require one but not the other and some require nothing at all. It is important that you obtain a referral before your office visit if your insurance requires one.

    If this is a workman's compensation case or a motor vehicle accident, we require you to give us back up insurance (your regular medical insurance) information on the day of your visit. This is to protect you from unnecessary charges should these insurances deny coverage in the future. This includes obtaining referrals for HMO patients.

    If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office:

    The Media office location at 610-565-3668
    The Phoenixville office location at 610-933-8644

  • Do I need to make an appointment to see your doctors? (If yes, how do I make an appointment?)

    How to schedule an appointment:

    If you are interested in being evaluated by one of our three physicians in either office please see the contact information below. To make this process go as smooth as possible have your insurance card available when calling

    Media
    610-565-3668

    101 North Monroe Street
    Media, PA 19063


    Phoenixville
    60-933-8644

    824 Main Street
    Suite 303
    Phonixville, PA 19460

  • How do I make an appointment?

    If you are interested in being evaluated by one of our three physicians in either office please see the contact information below. To make this process go as smooth as possible have your insurance card available when calling

    Media
    610-565-3668

    101 North Monroe Street
    Media, PA 19063


    Phoenixville
    60-933-8644

    824 Main Street
    Suite 303
    Phonixville, PA 19460

  • How long does it take to heal from surgery?

    It can take from a few weeks to several months to heal from surgery. The time can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure to the age and nutritional status of the patient. Also, a patient's past medical history and unexpected post-operation complication will help determine the length of time for healing.

  • Do I have to have the screws/hardware removed after surgery?

    Most surgeries that require screws, plates, pins, staples and other types of hardware do not require removal of this hardware at a later date. The most common need for the removal of hardware is pain associated with the loosening of the hardware or the development of an infection around the hardware. If hardware removal is necessary at a later date, your doctor will typically inform you of this before surgery.

  • I have first step pain in the morning and when getting up from a sitting position in the afternoon, why?

    First step pain in the foot or ankle can indicate the presence of a variety of acute or chronic pathologies, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, ligament sprains and stress fractures. A common example of first step pain in the morning on getting up from a seated position in the bottom of the heel is called planter pareitis.

  • What is a podiatrist?

    The doctors at Healthmark Foot and Ankle all perform surgery on those patients who require it. All of our doctors have undergone extensive training and have had years of experience in the area of foot and ankle reconstruction and limb salvage surgery. All of our doctors are board certified in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery.

  • Why do I feel like I'm walking on stone?

    This is a very common question. The origin may be a skin related problem, nerve entrapment or necroma, loss of fat pad, stress fracture metatarsal head prominence, wart formation or skin cyst formation. The doctors at Healthmark will determine the exact diagnosis after examination and tests to keep you waling comfortably again.