PODIATRY SPECIALISTS HELPING TO PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD : Dr Jarna Bhatt
PODIATRY SPECIALISTS HELPING TO PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD
Dr. Rahul Bhatt & Dr. Jarna Rathod-Bhatt are foot, ankle and heel pain specialists located in Arlington, TX 76015 Dr. Bhatt specializes in non-surgical and surgical treatment of the foot and ankle. He is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and the Council for Medical Education and Testing in wound care. He is qualified in forefoot and rearfoot surgery by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr Jarna’s training was focused on all aspects of podiatric medicine and surgery with particular emphasis on lower extremity trauma, elective foot and ankle reconstruction, and wound care. She is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and qualified in forefoot and rearfoot surgery by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. The doctors are on staff at Medical City Arlington, Medical City Las Colinas and Baylor Scott & White - Irving.
So how did you two meet and come to work in Texas?
We met as students in medical school in New York. Afterwards, we started our residency training at the Norwell Forest Hills Hospital in Flushing, NY, and we got married at the start of our second year. During our fellowship training, an opportunity for private practive opened up in Arlington, TX. As we both had a desire to live in the south, we decided that this would be a great opportunity to be able to work together as well. We currently have offices in Arlinton and Irving.
Do you speak any other languages besides English"
Bhatt: I also speal Hindi, and am partially partially fluent in Spanish.
Rathod: I speak Gujarati, Hindi, Swahili, and am also partially fluent in Spanish.
What is a podiatrist?
A podiatrist has earned a 4 year specialized medical degree as a “Doctor of Podiatric Medicine”. The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is one of four medical disciplines (DO, MD, DPM and DVM) that can prescribe medications, practice medicine and perform surgery of the foot and ankle. The conditions we treat include but are not limited to: ingrown nails, nail fungus, ulcers, warts, heel pain, arch pain, ankle pain, foot and ankle fractures. Essentially, if it’s an injury, infections, abnormality, or condition involving your feet or ankle, a podiatrist is generally the person you should see. Podiatrists are also involved with diabetic patients, as they will work with a diabetes management team to deal with serious foot issues like diabetic neuropathy.
Is foot pain normal?
No pain is normal, but it’s not surprising how many people experience it considering the types of shoes we wear. The feet are often neglected. They are the last things we take care of, but our feet determine whether we’re going to get knee pain, ankle pain, or back pain. They are the foundation of our health. Literally. They are what get us moving. Injury, overuse, or conditions causing inflammation involving any of the bones, ligaments or tendons in the foot can cause foot pain. Arthritis and tendinits are common causes of foot pain. Injury to the nerves of the feet may result in intense burning pain, numbness or tingling (peripheral neuropathy).
Why do I have pain in the arches of the feet?
Probably the most common cause of heel pain or arch pain is in the form of ‘plantar fasciitis’. This is especially common in active individuals. Other causes may include stress fractures, tendonitis, and ligament sprains.
What is a bunion? How do I avoid bunion surgery?
A bunion (also referred to as hallux valgus) is often described as a bump on the side of the big toe. But a bunion is more than that. The visible bump actually reflects changes in the bony framework of the front part of the foot. The big toe leans toward the second toe, rather than pointing straight ahead. This throws the bones out of alignment and can contibute to pain and difficulty fitting into shoes. Early identification and treatment with shoe modifications, specialized shoe inserts (orthotics), anti-inflammatory medications, padding, and injections can often can often avoid the need for surgery.
Why do people with diabetes need to see a podiatrist?
Most patients with diabetes will benefit by a routine examination every 6 months. Diabetes can cause neuropathy or vascular changes to the feet that can cause secondary problems that could lead to hospitalizations and even worse, amputations.
Is it more expensive to be treated by a podiatrist?
It is no more expensive than seeing any other specialist. The patient is responsible for his/her co-pay at the time of visit.
What tips should I follow when shopping for shoes?
We strongly encourage individuals to wear the appropriate shoes for each occasion. For example, one should wear sneakers, instead of sandals, while playing sports. Patient's with foot deformities, such as hammertoes and bunions, should wear shoes that are wider, with a high toe box, in the forefoot region. This prevents irritation against prominent areas and can prevent undue strain at bone prominences, and minimize overall pain. This holds true in diabetic individuals, especially those with neuropathy. Such simple preventive measures can minimize the risk of infections, gangrene, and amputation.