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Podiatry Specialist

Delray Medical & Dental -  - Medical Clinic

Delray Medical & Dental

Medical Clinics & Dental Clinic located in Delray Beach, FL

Your feet and ankles are responsible for bearing the brunt of your body weight, so needless to say, they’re prone to injury and pain-causing conditions. Get the comprehensive podiatry care you need by scheduling an evaluation with podiatrist MaryLou Paulo-Francisco, DPM, at Delray Medical & Dental, in Delray Beach, Florida. Dr. Paulo-Francisco offers podiatric services for all ages, from babies to great grandparents. Book your visit online or call your closest office.

Podiatry Q & A

What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist, formally known as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), is a physician who specializes in all ailments of the lower legs, ankles, feet, and toes. There are 26 bones and dozens of connective tissues in each foot alone, and a podiatrist has extensive training in caring for the intricate components of your lower extremities.

They can diagnose and treat chronic pain-causing conditions, like arthritis, as well as acute sports injuries or trauma. Plus, a podiatrist can help with topical skin ailments, such as corns, calluses, and ulcers.

When should I see a podiatrist?

Your feet are incredibly complex. Because they’re the farthest point from your heart and your circulatory system has to work against the force of gravity, foot and ankle problems that begin as minor issues can quickly become serious. It’s important to see a podiatrist if you:

  • Continue developing ingrown toenails or toenail fungus
  • Are an athlete or starting a new exercise program
  • Have lingering foot or ankle pain
  • Suffer from a sports or exercise injury
  • Have arthritis or joint discomfort
  • Have plantar warts or athlete’s foot
  • Develop a deformity, such as a bunion

While you should certainly check in with Dr. Paulo-Francisco at Delray Medical & Dental if any of these conditions apply to you, it’s also important to start scheduling regular checkups if you’re diabetic. Having diabetes can lead to decreased healing abilities and permanent nerve damage. So, when a wound or ulcer develops in your lower extremities, you might not be able to feel and treat it so it can quickly become infected.

Which treatments does a podiatrist offer?

Your foot and ankle treatment plan at Delray Medical & Dental is entirely tailored to your overall health and specific needs. Whether you need preventive care — as with diabetes — or acute care for trauma, the expert podiatry team can help. Some of the most common podiatric treatments available include:

  • Custom prescription orthotics
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Personalized stretching plans

If needed, Dr. Paulo-Francisco at Delray Medical & Dental can even perform minimally invasive surgery using the most advanced techniques and instruments, so you have a short recovery period.

Schedule your podiatry exam at Delray Medical & Dental by requesting an appointment online or calling your nearest location.