Why do I need to get previous doctor's notes?
Obtaining previous doctor’s notes prevents the need for duplicate screening and provides Dr. Biddinger with pertinent history and information regarding your condition.
What is Heel Pain?
Heel Pain is medically known as “plantar fasciitis” is one of the most common problems. Surgery is usually NOT necessary. A common myth is that heel spurs are the cause of heel pain. Many people with heel spurs have no heel pain and many people with plantar fasciitis do not have heel spurs. Heel spurs are generally not the underlying cause.
What is the different between an Orthopedic Surgeon and a Podiatrist?
The foot and ankle is one of the more complex areas of the human skeletal system, and obtaining expertise in this region of the body requires years of training, education, and practice. It is important to understand the difference between a podiatrist and an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle care. One of the most significant differences between the two is the level of training each completes. An orthopedic surgery sub-specialist completes four years of medical school, a five to six year orthopedic residency and an additional year of sub-speciality fellowship training. As a medical doctor, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the foot and ankle has a better understanding of the entire body, including bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints, as well as medical conditions that may affect your overall health. Through this training, an orthopedic surgeon intimately understands the impact that the entire body can have on a foot and ankle condition. Podiatrists attend podiatry school and typically complete a brief residency thereafter. As such, podiatrists are not medical doctors (MDs). While orthopedic surgeons and podiatrists both may treat foot and ankle problems, the orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon is qualified to address a more complex level of problems.
Will my insurance cover my visit?
It is the responsibility of the patient to make sure that Dr. Biddinger is a participating provider with their insurance plan. The office will bill the patient's charges to their insurance carrier and the patient will be responsible for any deductible, copay and/or noncovered services.