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Podiatry Care

How can a Podiatrist help me?

Podiatrists are specially trained physicians whose clinical and surgical training allow them to diagnose and treat problems with the foot and ankle, specially tailored to the specific needs of each patient. Given their expertise, a Podiatric physician can address your injury—from minor to severe—and help find a treatment option to help you heal.

When should I contact a Podiatrist?

When you experience pain or discomfort in a foot or ankle, it is recommended that you make an appointment with a Podiatric physician as soon as possible. Some issues can be resolved quickly, while others may take longer, but as with other health issues, the sooner, the better. Prevention is also imperative to your foot or ankle health.

Disorders of the Foot and Ankle include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Neuromas
  • Heel Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Ingrown Nails
  • Corns
  • Congenital Malformations
  • Poor Circulation
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Calluses
  • Fungal Nails
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Tendonitis
  • Thickened Nails
  • Plantar Warts
  • Diabetic Pressure Ulcers

What should I expect at my first Podiatry appointment?

During a visit with a podiatrist, you will be asked about your medical history and your present health. Your podiatrist will then examine you to determine the nature of your issue. After your ailment has been diagnosed, your physician will prescribe the proper treatment and care.

For patients with chronic, non-healing wounds, the physician will decide if it is necessary to refer further care to one of our Wound Healing Centers, who specialize in healing these types of ailments.

For patients with rehabilitation needs, the physician will decide if it is necessary to refer to one of our Frazier Rehab facilities, known for their world-class care in comprehensive acute rehabilitation.

Common Podiatric diagnostic procedures include:

  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasound
  • X-Rays
  • Blood studies
  • Vascular doppler exams

How can I protect my feet from injury?

While there’s no guaranteed way to completely protect your feet or ankles, there are steps you can take to have healthy feet habits.

  • Wear shoes that fit—if you’re unsure of your actual size or just want to be sure, have a shoe specialist measure your feet.
  • Also important for proper fit are pantyhose or stockings—these should be of the correct size and free of seams for optimal comfort and health.
  • Wear shoes with a firm sole and soft upper-area for everyday activities.
  • Shop for shoes in the afternoon; feet tend to swell during the day.
  • Walking is the best exercise for your feet.
  • Use over-the-counter foot products only with the advice of a podiatrist—but never cut corns and calluses with a razor, pocket knife or other such instrument.
  • Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm (not hot) water, using a mild soap, and moisturize dry feet following the bath.
  • Keep an eye on your foot and ankle health daily—if you notice any redness, swelling, cracks in the skin or sores, consult your podiatrist.

UofL Health Podiatric Residency Program

If you are interested in discovering more about our Podiatric Residency Program, please visit the Podiatric Residency Program website.

Attending Faculty

First Choice Ankle & Foot Care Center
Heiko Adams, DPM
1701 Midland Trail
Shelbyville, KY 40065

Foot Doctors, P.S.C.
Timothy C. Ford, DPM
Jonathan Towarnicki, DPM
142 Chenoweth Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
Fax: .502.897.7412

University of Louisville Office
401 E. Chestnut St. Suite 240
Louisville, KY 40202

Foot & Ankle Specialists
Brian Przystawski, DPM
Brett Vessell, DPM
4119 Browns Lane, Suite 2
Louisville, KY 40220
Fax: 502.454.4235

3020 Charlestown Crossing
New Albany, IN  47150
Fax: 812.948.0880

Tipton & Unroe Foot & Ankle Care
Dawn Masternick, DPM
Summer Willis, DPM
Christopher Baptist, DPM

6801 Dixie Highway, Suite 134 
Louisville, KY 40258
Fax: 502.449.0108

8017 Bardstown Road, Suite 106
Louisville, KY 40291

2805 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy.
Louisville, KY 40223
Fax: 502.243.4745

118 Patriot Drive, Suite 106
Bardstown, KY 40004
Fax: 502.349.5997

Kentucky Foot & Ankle Solutions
William Brown, DPM
4642 Chamberlain Lane, Suite 249
Louisville, KY 40241
Fax: 502.371.5441

Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Centers
Chris Hubbard, DPM
Sam Gracey, DPM
1905 W. Hebron Ln.
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
Fax: 502.957.1737

Commonwealth Foot & Ankle Center
Benjamin Schaffer, DPM
Evan Ross, DPM
1915 Bishop Lane
Louisville, KY 40218
Fax: 502.459.7509

Pediatric Orthopedics
Shari Gabriel, MD
6400 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 215
Louisville, KY 40205
Fax: 502.721.8792

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