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Ask the Doctor

As a podiatrist and as a woman in the medical profession, I often get asked some interesting questions.  I thought I’d share a few with you this month.  

What is a podiatrist?

Podiatrists are the most qualified doctors to diagnose and treat conditions of the foot, ankle and lower extremity. They must complete four years of undergraduate education, four years of medical school, and three years of clinical/hospital residency training. Podiatrists often sub-specialize within the field of podiatric medicine. Through my training, I have chosen several different areas of emphasis including surgery, wound care, dermatology, sports medicine, pediatrics and geriatric care.


Are you a REAL doctor?

Yes! DPM is the designation for doctor of podiatric medicine, who are medical physicians just like those with MD after their name.   Your feet are often a mirror into the status of your general health. Often your podiatrist is the first to identify more serious medical conditions such as circulatory and nerve disorders, as well as diabetes and arthritis.


Podiatrists take several national medical examinations and have been certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. My podiatric advanced training is very similar (and often taught alongside medical peers) in the MD and DO field.   In professional scenario’s, I can be the direct means of educating other medical professionals and staff on who, what, how podiatry plays into comprehensive medical team approach.  I must give credit to my excellent training during medical school and surgical residency. From the beginning, emphasis is placed on fostering a strong medical inter-professional team to provide the patient with the best preventative and acute medical care possible.


What do I enjoy most about my career?

Did you know that 75% of Americans will experience foot health problems at one time or another in their lives? Being able provide exceptional education, care and obtain patient doctor trust is what I love most.


In social conversations, when I tell people I am a podiatric physician I hear one of two things:


#1 “Oh you're a podiatrist.. So how do you like working with kids?” On occasion people think that pediatrics and podiatric medicine are one in the same. I must mention that I enjoy my time shared with patients of all ages!


#2 Eww! What on earth makes you want to work with feet?!

For me it’s a simple answer: I am committed to providing my patients with the best education and treatment options that keep them up and walking pain free for years to come. If the average person takes 6-10K steps a day, those days add up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime. Enough to circle the earth four times!


I tell people all the time - don't wait until your feet hurt to seek foot care! Visit your podiatrist  to keep small problems from turning into big ones!


 Dr. Carly Kriedberg and Dr. Jarod Spencer have joined Dr. Lockwood and the team at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates.  If you have any foot problems, contact them at 309-661-9975 or visit them online at www.HeartlandFootandAnkle.com.  Their office is located at 10 Heartland Dr. in Bloomington. 


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