What is a Podiatrist?

According to the APMA, American Podiatric Medical Association:  “A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), also known as a podiatric physician or surgeon. Podiatrists diagnose and treat conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg.”

When treating patients, this system is also known as the lower extremity. Podiatric physicians are uniquely qualified among medical professionals to treat the lower extremity based on their education, training, and expertise. Podiatrists are defined as physicians by the federal government.

A DPM is a specialist in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of lower extremity disorders, diseases and injuries. A podiatric physician works independently, utilizes x-rays and laboratory tests for diagnostic purposes, prescribes medications, orders physical therapy, sets fractures, and performs surgery. As part of a healthcare team, the DPM works closely with other health professionals to treat and control the disease.

How many sessions will it take?

Sessions for treatment of various foot and ankle conditions can vary, depending to the type of  problem, the number of problems involved, as well as the nature of the condition(s).  However, a common theme with our practice to try and prevent or reduce the need for surgery.  If conservative measures are exhausted and fail, then surgery may be considered at that time.

How long do appointments go for?

Appointments typically go for 15 -20 minutes, but can be longer or shorter, depending on the individual patient’s need.  Sometimes extra time is required for “in-office” procedures such as casting.  We here at Foot Specialists of Greater Cincinnati pride ourselves in giving the patient the time they need to adequately address their problem.  After all, if it was a big enough problem for you to take time out of your day to come see us, the least we could do is to return the favor, and give you the time you need to address the problem.

How much is the cost of a consultation?

This can vary from insurance plan to insurance plan, but we do provide “out-of-pocket” fees for various services if the individual does not have an insurance provider.  If you do not have an insurance provider and need to have an estimate for services rendered, please call our office for specifics. (859) 341-9900

Does my insurance provide coverage for podiatry services ?

Podiatry service insurance coverage ?

If you have a primary insurance provider, there may be deductibles and copay fees associated with your visit.  Also, certain services and medical equipment may not be a covered benefit with your visit, depending on your contract with your insurance carrier.  For example, some insurance providers do not cover DME supplies (durable medical equipment, or items such as braces, inserts, crutches, etc.)

Individuals who possess a secondary insurance also need to consider that sometimes their secondary insurance may not provide coverage for the balance that their primary insurance leaves behind.  This is common with secondary carriers that fail to provide podiatry services.

Please check with your individual insurance provider(s) to ensure that they provide “podiatry services”.

All copays are expected at the time of your visit.


Where exactly is your Crestview Hills Office Location ?

Take Thomas More Parkway; as you head toward St. Elizabeth, you will pass Summit Hills Country club to your right.  You will proceed down the hill, and to your left you will see Chancellor Drive. ( If you pass the pond with the fountain on the left, you went too far ! )  Take a left on Chancellor Drive, and go up the hill, and the first driveway to the right is where you want to turn.  Turn right, and head downward toward a set of office buildings, adjacent the pond with a fountain.    We are Building #42,  Suite #205.  (We are the second office to the left of the pond).