LCHC is proud to offer podiatry services as part of the many services that contribute to our community’s overall health and wellness in Lawton, Oklahoma!
Podiatry at Lawton Community Health Center
Meet Dr. John Cauthon, DPM
Dr. John Cauthon is the podiatrist on staff at LCHC. He will provide for your foot care needs and specializes in foot complications due to diabetes.
What Is Podiatry?
Podiatry is a specialized field of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions as well as the overall health of your feet and lower extremities. Podiatry includes injury to the feet and ankles as well as treatment for ongoing health issues such as diabetes.
What Does a Podiatrist Do?
Podiatrists undergo extensive training and schooling in order to practice in the specialized field of medicine. They are doctors who have gone to specialized schools and are part of professional associations. You will often see DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) after their names.
Podiatrists can perform numerous services to treat foot issues such as surgery, resetting broken bones, writing prescriptions, and ordering tests or X-rays.
Why Visit a Podiatrist?
Regular visits to a podiatrist are essential to your foot health if you are experiencing any foot-related issues. Some reasons that you may need to visit a podiatrist include:
Pain and Discomfort
There is often an underlying issue that is causing pain, discomfort, or swelling. A podiatrist can determine the root cause of the problem and start you on a treatment plan.
Deformities of the Foot
Changes in the shape of your foot or growths on your feet can cause pain or limitations in mobility. A podiatrist will work to improve your foot structure and enhance your foot function.
Wounds and Infections
Podiatrists will assess and treat foot infections and provide wound care. They will also offer guidance on the prevention of future infections. Proper wound care is essential, especially for those with diabetes.
Foot Care Guidance
It is beneficial to visit a podiatrist even if you are not experiencing any foot-related issues. They can offer valuable knowledge and guidance when it comes to proper foot care including recommending footwear for various activities.
What Conditions Do Podiatrists Treat?
Due to their highly specialized experience and schooling, podiatrists treat numerous issues as they relate to your feet and ankles. These issues include:
What to Expect at the Podiatrist
When you first visit a podiatrist, you will review your medical history, discuss medication, and other routine questions. The podiatrist will assess the way your feet move and ask you to perform small tasks such as walking. Some treatment might begin after the first visit for issues such as bunions or ingrown toenails.