Our goal is to help our patients meet their specific needs.
Our Staff will work with your insurance company to obtain proper authorizations for all necessary follow-up appointments, diagnostic testing, physical therapy, laboratory work, footwear and, corrective surgery– whenever necessary.
You should be seen by Dr. Lehrich or, if this is not possible because of insurance requirements or practice location inconvenience — another Doctor of Podiatric Medicine–for the diagnosis and treatment of your foot or ankle problem. We have 30 years of experience providing care for many workers compensation’s, as well as private injuries. Our staff provides a friendly, welcoming atmosphere to gain the trust and providing the most comfortable care we can for the patient.
A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is a specialist whose knowledge and experience allow him or her to provide expert medical diagnoses and effective treatments for foot and ankle problems. Bunions, heel spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns, and calluses are commonly treated. A podiatrist also provides care for sprains, fractures, infections, and work or sports-related injuries of the foot and ankle. In addition to undergraduate pre-medical school training, podiatrists also attend graduate school for a doctorate degree in podiatry and take specialized residencies in their chosen areas of expertise.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are an estimated 15,000 practicing podiatrists in the United States. Podiatric services are in demand more than ever –because of a rapidly aging American population. According to the Association, foot disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems afflicting the population of the United States. Untreated foot problems always affect the quality of a person’s day-to-day life– usually severely!!
Typically, a podiatrist will:
- Consult with patients and with other physicians on how to prevent or treat foot problems.
- Diagnose and treat skin ulcers, fractures, skin and nail diseases, tumors, plantar fasciitis and physical deformities of the feet and ankles.
- Perform surgery to correct or reduce pain associated with such problems as bunions, clawtoes, fractures, hammertoes, Achilles tendon problems, and other structural abnormalities that are congenital or have been acquired as a result of serious injuries.
- Prescribe appropriate therapies and order appropriate diagnostic procedures such as diagnostic ultrasound, MRI, EMG(electromyographs for nerve problems) and computerized tomography(CT scans).
- Prescribe and/or construct shoe inserts (orthotics) or, if necessary, braces, that can improve abnormal walking patterns and increase foot and leg comfort and a person’s stamina.