A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), or podiatrist, is to the foot what a dentist is to the mouth, or an ophthalmologist to the eye – concentrating on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, flat feet, fungal nails, or any other types of foot-related problems. A podiatrist makes independent judgments, prescribes medications and performs surgery. The human foot has a complex interrelation with the rest of the body, which means that it may be the first area to show signs of serious conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Since the podiatric physician is often the first to detect symptoms of these disorders, he or she becomes a vital and sometimes lifesaving link in the health care team.OUR SERVICES
Did you know that 7 out of 10 people over the age of fifty experience a decrease of fat pad on their feet which results in less shock absorption while walking? A majority of people over the age of fifty have foot or back pain following trauma, ankle sprains, surgery, etc. They also have a higher incidence of degenerative joint disease and osteoporosis. Poor circulation in the feet can be caused by socks, shoes and elastic stockings, especially in diabetics and cardiac patients.
Your podiatrist knows how to correct these problems. At Malik Podiatry, we offer a complete prescription service for custom orthotic devices. Our orthotics can have a unique slim construction that fits into high heels, casual and sport shoes. They move with the patient every time they make a step. This means less pain during walks - an impossible feat without them. Back or knee pain has been relieved by orthotics because it rebalances points so that the "wearer" doesn't compensate on the opposite leg.