The Podiatrist Difference

Everyone knows that they should go to the doctors at least once per year–you get weighed, have some bloodwork done, receive a flu vaccine, the works. Primary care doctors are like operators: they help you when you have a cold, but most other issues, they direct you to where you need to go–to a specialist! When it comes to the bottom half of your body down to the bones, muscles, and tendons, primarily your feet, a primary doctor can only do so much to help you. A good doctor will recommend you to see a podiatrist when your complaints or symptoms align with what may be a podiatry related issue.

This might make you wonder: what is the difference between a primary care doctor and a podiatrist? A podiatrist is a doctor in the same way that your primary care doctor is, meaning that podiatrists have completed the same foundational schooling as primary care doctors. To specifically become a podiatrist, our doctors have gone on to continue their education and specialize in the foot, ankle, and related body systems, such as the nerves, tendons, muscles, and bones within your feet and ankles.

A podiatrist spends four additional years studying podiatric medicine in a post-graduate residency program. During this time, their entire lives are dedicated to their craft. After they finish the additional four years of podiatric studies, they are not a podiatrist just yet:

  • First, they must pass their national and state examinations to become licensed to practice podiatric medicine in a certain state…like Texas!
  • If a podiatrist has passed their national and state examinations they can now go on to practice as a licensed podiatrist…
  • …or they can choose to continue their education further to become a podiatric surgeon by pursuing certification from the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

At McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A., Dr. Scott McKinney went through intensive studies, training, and certification processes to ensure that you get the best care to ensure the health of your feet. Podiatrists like Dr. McKinney help people of all ages with their podiatry related problems, like hammer toes, bunions, athlete’s foot, and much more. Podiatrists are specially trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent these conditions and diseases to help you lead a healthier, happier life. Get to know Dr. McKinney and staff by scheduling your next appointment with Dr. McKinney and associates at one of our 8 convenient locations in the Houston area and surrounding towns, or call us today at (713) 946-1500.