Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is a DPM ?
Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) are physicians and surgeons who treat conditions affecting the lower extremities, primarily on feet and ankles. The education of most DPMs includes four years of undergraduate education ( BA or BS degree)  followed by four years in an accredited podiatric medical school, followed by a hospital-based residency.

Q: What hospitals do you work at?
A: If at any time your condition requires hospital admission, we admit patients at both Lawnwood Regional Medical Center  and St. Lucie Medical Center. We are also available for consultation. If you are admitted to either of the above hospitals and need a foot and ankle specialist just ask your admitting physician to call us.

We also see patients in the Wound Center at SLMC and will see any of our patients with wounds or injuries at either hospital emergency room on request day or night
even if we are not on call to cover the ER that day.

Q: I  think I have an infection but it is  8:00 PM on Friday what should I Do?
  From an infected ingrown nail or a fractured toe  to an infected diabetic foot ulcer or a fractured ankle call as soon as possible. We would rather see our patients a dozen times and reassure them that they are okay, then have them not call the one time that they underestimate the extent of an infection or injury.

Q: Do you treat children ?
Yes, we treat patients of all ages. We frequently see children for problems with nails, cuts, puncture wounds, infections, warts, sports injuries and congenital deformities, such as flat feet and bunions.

Q: Do you take my insurance and Do I need a referral from my primary care doctor? 
A: We accept most insurance plans including most HMO,PPO,POS plans as well as traditional fee for service plans. We also participate in Medicare. A referral  is seldom required, except with some plans from outside Florida. Please call and we will be happy to check what benefits you have available from your insurance company for our services. If you do not have insurance— we may be able to create a payment plan for you.

Q: Do Insurance companies cover elective foot surgery?
Yes, with very few exceptions. Most insurance
companies cover the surgical treatment of painful foot deformities and other conditions affecting the foot and ankle. Cosmetic procedures are not usually covered.

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