Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Podiatry is the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the human foot. The human foot combines mechanical complexity and structural strength. The ankle serves as foundation, shock absorber, and propulsion engine. The foot can sustain enormous pressure (several tons over the course of a one-mile run) and provides flexibility and resiliency. These components work together to provide the body with support, balance and mobility.
What is a Podiatrist?
A podiatrist, DPM is a doctor of podiatric medicine, and is the only health care professional whose total training focuses on the foot, ankle, and related body systems. As a specialist in foot care, the podiatrist receives extensive training in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of foot and ankle disorders by medical and surgical means. A podiatrist may diagnose general medical problems and provide surgical management of foot diseases, deformities, and trauma of the foot, ankle, and related structures if they are certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.
An Overview of the Human Foot
The human foot combines mechanical, complexity and structural strength. The ankle serves as foundation, shock absorber, and propulsion engine. The foot can sustain enormous pressure (several tons over the course of a one-mile run) and provides flexibility and resiliency.
The foot and ankle contain 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments and a network of blood vessels, nerves, skin, and soft tissue. These components work together to provide the body with support, balance, and mobility. A structural flaw or malfunction in any one part can result in the development of problems elsewhere in the body. Conversely, abnormalities in other parts of the body can lead to problems in the feet.
Slocum-Dickson’s Board Certified Podiatrist
Christopher P. Powers, DPM completed his residency in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City where he served as Chief Resident from 2015 – 2016. He earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from New York College of Podiatric Medicine where he also served as a Student Ambassador and Class Treasurer. Dr. Powers was the recipient of the American Podiatric Medical Association Educational Foundation Scholarship. He is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the American Podiatric Medical Association and the New York State Podiatric Medical Association.
Kimberly Hurley, DPM has been in practice since 2009. She completed her Podiatric Residency at Aria-Jefferson Health in Philadelphia, PA. She earned her Doctor of Medicine Degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Dickinson College. She is Board Certified in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery. Dr. Hurley is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a Diplomat of the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgeons.
Procedures & Services
- Surgery of the foot and ankle
- Management of acute traumas & infections
- Diabetic foot care
- Diagnosis and Treatment of:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Allergic Contact Dermatitis
- Ankle Injuries
- Athlete’s Foot
- Heel Pain
- Claw Toes
- Plantar Warts
- Ingrown toenails
- Toe Deformities
- Charcot Foot
- Morton’s Neuroma