In theory, qualified medical doctors should know everything and anything about the working of our bodies and how to correct any problems that we may have with the health and efficiency of our bodies. That may have been the case long ago when there was a severe lack of knowledge about how our bodies functioned and what could cause them to malfunction.
Specialized Fields Of Study And Practice
Even today, there are health problems that doctors do not fully understand but, our core base of medical knowledge has reached such a point that it is not practical for one doctor to know everything there is to know. For this reason, at a fairly early point in their medical training, most will choose an area of specialization and concentrate on that. Even after training they can choose further specialization. For example, they may decide to concentrate on the medical aspects of healing rather than the surgical.
These aspects of specialization are often related to particular parts of the body or to particular ailments. We are all aware that it takes a particular type of medical doctor to specialize in (say) heart surgery or psychiatry. Not so many of us will be aware that there is a branch of medicine that centers on the human foot and associated lower limbs.
This is the medical science regarding how our feet function and what might go wrong with them. To qualify as a podiatric physician requires passing a four year course at one of the nine colleges of podiatric medicine in the United States. Entry to these collages requires some three year’s prior study in subjects closely related to medicine.
Successful graduates are granted the title Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and must then undertake surgical based residencies before becoming eligible to apply for Board Certification. The most common certifying board is the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine. When this has been achieved, they will be ready to become a practicing Foot Surgeon in Chicago (or elsewhere). Obviously, these are the specialists with whom you can confidently entrust with the care and treatment of problems with your feet.
Dr. Milton Kondiles is both a licensed podiatrist and a board certified Foot Surgeon in Chicago. His expertise is available through Kondiles Chicagoland Footcare. He is also the current head of the Podiatry Department at Our Lady of the Resurrection Hospital.
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