Find A Doctor Or Therapist « Plantar Fasciitis and Plantar Fasicopathy (Heel Pain)

Plantar Fasciitis and Plantar Fasicopathy (Heel Pain)

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The website of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has a find a podiatrist page that can assist you in finding a podiatrist in your area. Podiatrists are doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs) who diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg. They receive medical education and training similar to medical doctors, which usually includes four years of undergraduate education, four years of graduate education at one of eight accredited podiatric medical colleges and two or three years of hospital residency training. Podiatrists can specialize in different areas, including surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics or primary care.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has a feature to find an orthopaedist near you. Orthopedic surgeons (either medical doctors, MDs or doctors of osteopathy, DOs) care for musculoskeletal issues, usually through surgical management. Their education usually consists of four years of undergraduate training, four years of medical school, five years of residency and then possibly one to two years of specialty fellowship training. The physicians who specialize in plantar fasciitis and plantar fasciopathy can be found under the specialty society of American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society which has a feature to find an orthopaedic foot and ankle doctor.

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine has a "Find-A-Doc" section that can help you find a sports medicine physician near you. Most of the doctors (either medical doctors, MDs or doctors of osteopathy, DOs) are primary care trained (family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, etc.) with additional specialty training in sports, physical fitness and conditions that affect movement of the body.

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine has a feature to find an AOSSM doctor. If you are a runner or an athlete, this may be helpful. This is a listing of orthopedic surgeons sub-specializing in sports related injuries.

The American Academy of Family Physicians has guidelines for choosing a family doctor that can be helpful.

The American Osteopathic Association has a feature on their site where you can locate a Osteopathic physician practicing in specific areas. Osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) are licensed to prescribe medicine and practice in specialty areas, including surgery. DOs also place emphasis on treating and diagnosing the patient as a whole person, rather than treating just one particular area of the body or just one particular condition. There are also state and regional osteopathic associations that may be helpful in locating a DO.

If you are a runner or an athlete, the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine has a feature to find a sports medicine D.O.

The American College of Physicians is the national organization of internal medicine physicians (the physicians that treat adults and adult diseases, and have advanced training for more complex issues). The website also has a description of the sub-specialties of internal medicine.

The American College of Pediatricians provides an overview of pediatric physicians (who care for children through young adulthood).

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If you are interested in physical therapy, the American Physical Therapy Association has a find a PT section that can help you find a physical therapist.

Occupational therapists focus on the upper part of the body and the arms and help patients work on adapting through different strategies to live a full life. The American Occupational Therapy Association is the national organization of occupational therapists.