• What is a Podiatrist

    by Howard Kimmel, DPM
    on Aug 28th, 2018

So what is a podiatrist? How are we different than other doctors? 

Podiatrist in greek means foot healer, but we treat ankles too. Intially podiatrists were called chiropodist, which means a person who treats both the feet and hands. In the state of Ohio, a podiatrist can treat soft tissue problems of the hand like warts and fungus fingernails. Initially, there were only chiropdy schools in the United States, but chiropodist at the time could not prescirbe drugs or do surgery. Bascially all they did was trim corns and calluses and cut toe nails. The schooling was only 2 years after college. In the 1950's, this changed and chiropdy changed to podiatry and so did the schools. Now podiatry was a 4 years of school plus 4 years of college and the curriculm changed too. Podiatrist now had similiar training to medical doctors. As podiatry progressed, podiatrist got on staff at hospitals. Podiatry schools have a curriculm that is exactly the same as medical schools in the first two years, there is no difference in the basic science. The difference is the last 2 years of podiatry school are dedicated primarily to learing about the the lower extremity with concentration on the foot and ankle. Yes podiatrist do internal medicine, surgery and emergency medicine rotations, but dont do rotations like ob/gyn and psychiatry.

So why see Dr. Kimmel? Dr. Kimmel has been in practice for 25 years. He is the only podiatrist in Cleveland and Ohio who did a residency and fellowship in pediatric lower extremity disorders. He was a reasidency director and is a professor at both Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. He has trained well over 1,000 students and residents. He has done masters work for wound healing and has published and lectured on Diabetic Foot Care and wounds. He is on staff at most hospitals in Cleveland, including Cleveland Clinic community hospitals and Univeristy Hospitals community hospitals.

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Author Howard Kimmel, DPM Dr. Howard M. Kimmel, DPM provides advanced care for foot problems for patients in Brook Park, Willoughby, and Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Kimmel offers wound care, orthotic devices, comprehensive foot and ankle surgery, and several other forms of Podiatric treatment at Buckeye Foot Care. He is the only podiatrist in the state of Ohio to have a residency in pediatric foot and ankle problems. Dr. Kimmel is dedicated to providing patients in Ohio with top-notch care for foot and ankle problems, wound care, and other related issues. He also continues to build on his knowledge of podiatry and remains up-to-date on the latest technology and treatments in the podiatry field.

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