Over the past 30 years, I have found that some of my patients have asked me about my specialized training. A podiatrist is a doctor who has completed four years of podiatric medical school. Many podiatrists have from one to four additional years of residency training to study foot care and surgery. I did a Preceptorship in a Podiatrist’s office and did a 1-year residency at Oak Forest County Hospital in Chicago. Podiatrists continue their education when in practice, learning new techniques and procedures and keeping up with recent developments in the field. Many common foot problems can be prevented and controlled without seeing me. On the other hand, in many cases, a visit would not only be wise but in many cases necessary. When deciding on an appropriate physician to treat a foot disorder or injury, keep in mind that a podiatrist is more likely to have the knowledge, training, and skills to provide the highest quality of care possible due to his or her specialized training in the care of the foot and ankle. I am double- board certified and a fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine. The podiatrist, like other health care providers, can help to ensure that you’ll live a healthier and more comfortable life.
Best Foot Forward,
Richard A. Nichols, DPM, PA, FACFAS