What is Podiatry

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) qualified by his or her education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. The training of DPMs includes human anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, sociological and psychological perspectives, general medicine, surgery and pharmacology. Additionally, DPMs complete four years of undergraduate education, four years of graduate education at one of eight accredited podiatric medical colleges, and two to three years of hospital residency training.

Podiatrists can typically perform the following:

  • Consult with patients and other physicians on injury prevention.
  • Diagnose and treat tumors, ulcers, fractures, skin and nail diseases, and deformities
  • Prescribe therapies and perform diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and lab tests.
  • Fit patients with orthotic shoe inserts that correct walking/running issues.
  • Treat conditions such as: bone disorders, bunions, corns, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails, and plantar fasciitis.
  • Perform surgeries to correct issues such as bunions, clawtoes, fractures, hammertoes, infections, ruptured Achilles, and other ligaments and tendons.

What we do at Mercer Island Foot and Ankle

Dr. Mak has expertise in all common foot and ankle ailments and injuries such as Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints, Orthotics, Achilles Tendon injuries, Ankle Sprains, Elderly Foot Care and much more. We perform many common procedures on site, including X-Rays.

Did you know that there are 26 bones, 33 joints and 107 ligaments in the human foot? These all work with muscles and tendons to allow us to adapt and propel off a variety of surfaces. It's no surprise that 75% of all Americans will experience foot pain.

Dr. Mak will provide comprehensive care of all foot and ankle conditions. He has expertise in common ailments such as Plantar Fasciitis, Neuroma, Achilles Tendonitis, Ankle injuries, Senior Footcare and much more. Custom orthotic therapy is a cornerstone of many of our conservative therapies. We perform many common procedures on site, including orthotic casting and X-Rays.

Some common ailments include:

  • Achilles Tendon
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care
  • Athletes Foot
  • Bunions
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Crush Injuries
  • Diabetic Foot
  • Flat Feet
  • Fungus Toenails
  • Geriatric Foot Care
  • Hammertoes
  • Heel Spurs
  • Infections
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Injuries
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Neuromas
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Poor Circulation
  • Warts
  • Wounds