What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), also known as a podiatric physician or “foot doctor”. Podiatrists diagnose and treat conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg, including, but not limited to sprains and fractures, bunions, heel pain/spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown & fungal toenails, warts, corns and calluses. Podiatrists are the most qualified doctors to care for your feet. They complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school and three years of hospital residency training. This training is similar to that of other doctors. Podiatrists can be the first to identify systemic diseases in patients, such as diabetes and vascular disease.

Today’s podiatrists:

  • perform surgery
  • perform complete medical histories and physical examinations
  • prescribe medications
  • set fractures and treat sports-related injuries
  • prescribe and fit orthotics, insoles, and custom-made shoes
  • order and perform physical therapy
  • take and interpret X-rays and other imaging studies
  • work as valued members of a community’s health care team

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are an estimated 17,800 practicing podiatrist in the United States.  Podiatrists are in demand more than ever today because of a rapidly aging population.  In addition, according to the association, foot disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems affecting people in this country.

Dr. McCarthy

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy was voted a “Top Doctor” in Phoenix Magazine’s April 2010 and 2014 issue and is passionate about helping people get out of pain and back into their lives! Her training includes a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University, pre-med at University of Pittsburgh and she attended a four year program at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine where she earned the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. McCarthy completed a two year residency in Buffalo, New York in 2000 and moved to Arizona where she has been in private practice since that time. She is a foot and ankle specialist and spends her days treating patients of all ages for a multitude of podiatric problems. Her experience has been that if she can properly treat patients and get them through the healing phase, the next challenge is to get them into proper shoes and inserts so that the problem does not return. Dr. McCarthy is convinced that proper bio-mechanical control of the foot is crucial to preventing not only foot problems but knee, hip, and lower back pain.

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Dr. Kristina Jay

Dr. Kristina Jay graduated from the Midwestern University’s School of Podiatric Medicine in 2010 and was the recipient of an APMA Scholarship in 2008. She completed a bachelor of science in Biology at the University of Nebraska where she was a member of the honors program. She has been active in community service programs, professional societies and research projects at Midwestern University. Dr. Jay is also fluent in German and Croatian. What sets Dr. Kristina Jay apart is that she is bright, energetic and truly cares about the proper diagnosis and treatment of her patients and getting them healed and back to enjoying their life as pain free as possible. Dr. Jay is now accepting new patients.