Our office was founded by Michael J. Drager who has been practicing in Coeur d'Alene area for over twenty years. Dr. Drager specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the foot and ankle. Our Doctor's training and experience as podiatric physician and surgeon is unsurpassed. Patients can expect the most proven and advanced foot and ankle treatment techniques available.
Michael J. Drager DPM is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is on active Staff at the Kootenai Medical Center and Northwest Specialty Hospital.
- Trauma & Fracture Care
- Arthritic Conditions
- Diabetic Foot Care
- Pediatric Problems
- Orthotics, Bracing, Footwear Issues
- General Geriatric Foot Care
- Surgical Repair of Foot Deformities
A podiatrist, also called a doctor of podiatric medicine, is a specialist who provides medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, including, but not limited to sprains and fractures, bunions, heel pain/spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns and calluses. A podiatrist also renders care of sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle and heel.. In addition to undergraduate medical school training, podiatrists also attend graduate school for a doctorate degree in podiatry. Podiatrists are required to take state and national exams, as well as be licensed by the state in which they practice. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are more than 17,800 practicing podiatrists 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. Typically, podiatrists:
Consult with the patient and other physicians on how to prevent foot problems. Diagnose and treat tumors, ulcers, fractures, skin and nail diseases, and deformities. Perform surgeries to correct or remedy such problems as bunions, lawtoes, fractures, hammertoes, infections, and ruptured Achilles and other ligaments and tendons.Prescribe therapies and perform diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and lab tests. Prescribes or fits patients with inserts called orthotics that correct walking patterns.Treat conditions such as: bone disorders, bunions, corns, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails, and plantar fasciitis.