A Podiatrist is a doctor who diagnoses, treats, and prevents conditions of the foot and ankle. This Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree (DPM) requires four years of training in an accredited Podiatric medical school, followed by a hospital-based residency. Foot and ankle surgeons are the surgical specialists of the Podiatric profession. They provide complete medical and surgical care for a variety of foot and ankle conditions that affect people of every age. When you have a problem with your feet or ankles, it is important to see a Podiatrist who has the training and expertise specific to this area of the body.
Dr. Kylin Kovac is a Podiatrist as well as a Foot and Ankle Surgeon. At a young age, Dr. Kovac was inspired by his grandfather who lost both of his legs due to diabetes . His desire was to gain a greater education in an effort to help others avoid that same outcome. He completed his medical schooling at Des Moines University, and his residency at Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Kovacobtained a doctorate degree in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. He has extensive training in the challenges of diabetic patients in performing limb salvage and diabetic wound care. Dr. Kovac’s training in foot and ankle surgery includes everything from hammertoes and bunions to ankle fractures and complex foot and ankle reconstructions.
Many people will experience a foot or ankle issue at some point in their life. You may be wondering, how do you know if you need to see a foot and ankle surgeon? Many conditions make it obvious that you need to seek help, but other times you may be unsure. Some symptoms may be tolerable, and you may not feel it is important for you to see a Podiatrist yet. However, many of those symptoms may need professional attention, or the condition will only get worse. Here are some indicators that it is time to seek help from Dr. Kovac:
- Discomfort after standing for a period of time
- An injury (a sprain , broken bone , etc)
- A medical condition ( diabetes, poor circulation, etc.) that can affect the feet
- Impaired ability to function in certain activities
- Heel pain in the morning
- Any painful condition of the foot, ankle, or lower leg
- An abnormal growth
- Changes in the appearance of your foot or ankle
Dr. Kovac treats symptoms and conditions affecting the foot and ankle such as:
- Diabetes Complications
- Foot or Ankle Arthritis
- Fractures (Broken Bones)
- Heel pain (plantar fasciitis)
- Ingrown Toenails
- Sports Injuries
- Tendon Injuries
Pain or discomfort in your foot or ankle is not normal. If you have pain, that is a sign of a problem that should be evaluated by Dr. Kovac. Although Dr. Kovac is a foot and ankle surgeon, he is trained to make all reasonable efforts to treat foot and ankle problems without surgery if possible. Surgery is only recommended if more conservative methods have not helped your problem or are not available to help your specific condition.
Dr. Kylin Kovac has the training and expertise needed to diagnose and treat foot and ankle conditions. Contact Dr. Kovac for help with any foot or ankle issue you are experiencing!
Some content provided by The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.