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Doctors and what they do: Podiatrist

  • Podiatric Surgeon Dr. Asim Qureshi is a member of the medical staff at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

    Podiatric Surgeon Dr. Asim Qureshi is a member of the medical staff at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
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BY AMY SPILLER
HRMC Marketing Coordinator
Posted on 11/20/2020, 4:53 PM

The medical experts at Heartland Regional Medical Center, in partnership with the Marion Republican, present a new, monthly column: Doctors and What They Do. Choosing a doctor is more important now than ever before and the relationship you have with your health professional greatly influences your well-being. This month, we learn more about a podiatrist.

What is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist, or doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), provides medical and surgical care of the foot and ankle. This ranges from ingrown toenails and sports injuries to foot and ankle surgery. Proper foot care is not something most of us think about until problems literally put us out-of-step. Certain conditions, such as diabetic foot complications and arthritis, can cause foot pain and sores.

What does a Podiatrist do?

Heartland Regional Podiatric Surgeon Dr. Asim Qureshi explains a podiatrist specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of the entire spectrum of feet and ankle disorders.

Dr. Qureshi said, "When a patient comes into my office, they often complain of foot pain, but they don't know where to start or what they have going on."

Through a series of questions and a simple foot examination, Dr. Qureshi works directly with each patient to develop an individualized treatment plan.

"There are very different ways we can look at the patient," said Dr. Qureshi. "If we are looking at a conservative approach, we have orthotics, we have shoe gear and we have various modifications we can make. For other patients, surgery may be the best option. Depending on the situation, we can bring different tools to the table to assist each patient."

The "Team" Approach:

From wound related issues to vascular disease or diabetic foot ulcers, you may need the support of a multidisciplinary team to help reduce the chance of serious complications -- including amputation. Dr. Qureshi works closely with other medical specialists at Heartland Regional including vascular surgeons, cardiologist and orthopedic surgeons.

"If the patient needs to see a vascular doctor, we can talk to them and have a great relationship and continue the patient's care," said Dr. Qureshi. "If the patient needs to see a general surgeon, we can collaborate. So, any specialty they need to see, we can collaborate with them, and we can make the care better for that patient."

How do I know I need to see a Podiatrist?

"People try to deal with foot pain on their own," said Qureshi. "As the days go on, they try different shoe gear, for example, and it makes it worse. It's an ugly cycle. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, it's always best to have it checked out right away."

More information on podiatry services, and other health care provided at Heartland Regional, can be found online at www.MyHeartlandPodiatry.com. Look for more articles about Doctors and What They Do in future editions of the Marion Republican.