What Is a Podiatrist?
A podiatrist—or a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)—is the only health care professional whose total training focuses on the foot, ankle, and related body systems. After obtaining an undergraduate degree, the podiatric doctor spends four years in a college of podiatric medicine to obtain a doctorate degree. Many podiatrists further their education by participating in a post-graduate residency program at an approved hospital or university. Following their doctorate degree, each podiatrist must pass national and state examinations in order to be licensed by the state in which he or she will practice.
The podiatric physician cares for people of all ages. Common disorders of feet include bunions, heel pain/spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns, calluses, sprains, fractures, infections, and other injuries. If the American Board of Podiatric Surgery certifies your podiatric surgeon, he or she has successfully completed a credentialing and examination process, and has demonstrated expansive knowledge of podiatric surgery. This includes the diagnosis of general medical problems and surgical management of foot diseases, deformities, and trauma of the foot, ankle, and related structures.
- American Podiatric Medical Association
- American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine
- American Board of Podiatric Surgery
- American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine
- American College of food and Ankle Surgeons
- American Orthopaedic Food and Ankle Society
- Florida Podiatric Medical Association
- Podiatry Network
- American Diabetes Association
- European Association for the Study of Diabetes
- International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot
- Joslin Diabetes Center
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Collier Podiatry, P.A. is accepting new patients. Most insurance plans are accepted. Please call our office regarding your insurance questions. Insurance verification is recommended prior to your appointment.
New Patient Information Forms:
Click on the link(s) below to access our forms for new patients. After you click the link, a browser window will open. After it opens, click on the ‘PRINT’ icon on your Browser. Please bring the filled out forms to your first appointment. Completing the new patient information forms will save you time on your initial visit!
Scheduling and Cancellations: Please call our office to schedule an appointment. If you are unable to make your appointment, please notify us 24 hours in advance.
What to bring to your appointment:
- Insurance Card
- Names of Your Other Doctors
- List of All Current Allergies
- List of Current Medications, or Bring the Medications with You
- Any Online Forms You Filled out Prior to Your Appointment
- Recent Medical Records or X-Rays Will Be Helpful and May Save You Time and Charges If You Are Seeking a Second Opinion or Transferring Your Care
When to arrive: Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to complete any forms. We strive to stay on schedule and do not double-book our patients. New patients may require as much as 60 minutes for their initial evaluation depending on their condition.