Podiatry or podiatric medicine is a branch of medicine devoted to the study of, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. The term podiatry came into use in the early 20th century in the United States.[1] A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), is a specialist qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Within the field of podiatry, podiatric physicians can focus and specialize on different areas, including surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, pediatrics, internal medicine, diabetes, orthopedics, or primary care.

There are approximately 14,000 practicing doctors of podiatric medicine in the United States. The skills provided by these physicians are in increasing demand because foot disorders are amongst the most wide-spread and neglected health problems affecting people in this country.

The neglect may stem from a curious misconception on the part of many people that their feet are supposed to hurt. This is certainly not the case, and it is estimated that more than 75% of Americans will experience foot problems of varying nature at one time in their lives. The key to effective care is early detection and treatment.

Our Mission

"I strive to educate my patients as well as treat their foot problems. I feel that understanding your problem and allowing you to make an informed choice is important for both a better result and a pleasant experience."

Peter J. Cuesta, DPM
Board Certified, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery