Podiatric Medical Assistants understand and provide superior service to patients who have problems with their feet. They can gain certification from the American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants.
Podiatry is the treatment of disorders, diseases, and injuries of the foot and lower leg. Podiatrists treat corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, bunions, heel spurs, and arch problems; ankle and foot injuries, deformities, and infections; and foot complaints associated with diabetes and other diseases. They also fit corrective shoe inserts called orthotics, design plaster casts and strappings to correct deformities, and design custom-made shoes.
Working in a podiatrist office for medical assistants requires a varied assortment of skills.
The primary responsibilities of medical assistants in podiatric offices: billing, bookkeeping, medical record keeping, handling lab specimens, sterilizing medical equipment, correspondence, answering phone calls and many other non-clinical tasks that are vital to a smoothly running office.
It is also possible that podiatric medical assistants might be making negative plantar impressions of the foot. Taking and developing x-rays, and providing physical therapy. Medical assistants also do the initial interviews with patients, cut nails and even reduce routine excrescences. After the podiatrist’s visit, the medical assistant might apply the protective padding.
Certified Podiatric Medical Assistants assist the Podiatrists and ensure smooth patient flow. This involves: preparing and stocking the exam rooms with supplies and instruments, greeting and escorting patients, obtaining medical histories, assisting with minor procedures. Podiatric medical assistants make castings of feet and assist podiatrists in surgery. Podiatric medical assistants take x-rays, cast for orthotics, apply fiberglass casts and assist with diabetic foot and non-invasive peripheral arterial exams and more.
Podiatric Medical Assistants Salary: $39,000 per year.
The Podiatric Medical Assistant’s radiography certi!cation course is an 8-hour course which will teach the student how to perform a podiatric radiology examination. At the end of course, upon proving competency, Podiatric Medical Assistant will be certifed to take podiatric radiographs under the supervision of a licensed podiatrist.
Podiatry Specialty Certificate Course For Medical Assistants
Upon passing the course’s final exam, you will receive a Specialty Certificate. Acquiring new skills and pursing additional knowledge in your career field has always been the hallmark of a true professional. Your new knowledge will not only increase your competence and importance to your team, but will also increase your own self-assurance in your ability and work.