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What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a physician and surgeon whose primary focus is on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions related to the ankle and foot. DPM stands for doctor of podiatric medicine. Podiatrists usually attend four years of podiatry school, as well as three years of residency.

When should I see a podiatrist (LINK TO BLOG)

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I have diabetes; how often should I see a podiatrist?

People living with diabetes are usually recommended to see a podiatrist every 6 months. If calluses are present, they should be trimmed more frequently by a podiatrist to prevent ulcerations.

Do you accept Medicaid insurance?

We do not accept any forms of Medicaid, including, but not limited to the following:

What insurances do you accept?

We accept a variety of commercial insurances and Medicare, but the best course of action is to check with your provider in advance to find out if your insurance is in network with Dr. Mark Henson. Communicating with your insurance is important to know what services will be covered.

We check your insurance before you come, and while we cannot predict what treatment you will need, the more informed you are about your insurance and your benefits, the more prepared you will be. Many insurance carriers now offer assistance via phone, online chat, and apps.  (LINK TO BLOG)

We do NOT accept:
Cigna Healthspring
Bluecross Blueshield Pathways Silverscript HMO
Kaiser Permanente
United Healthcare Compass

Do I need a referral?

It is always better to contact your insurance company in advance of an appointment to find out if a referral is needed for a specialist. However, we always need referrals from the following insurance carriers:
Tricare Prime
Humana Gold
Humana HMO
Aetna HMO

How do I know if I have a co-pay?

Sometimes a co-pay is listed on your insurance card, and Dr. Henson would be a specialist, or sp.

When it is not listed on the card, it is best to contact your insurance carrier to find out how much you will be expected to pay. Sometimes there is a deductible that must be met before your insurance company will pay for your medical expenses. We do our best to get information from your insurance company before a visit, but we do not always know what procedures the doctor will need to perform, or what he will recommend.

How much is an office visit without insurance?

For a new patient without insurance:
Office visit: $100
X-rays: 30
Injections: $85
Rigid orthotics: $85
Plantar wart treatment application: $50
Casting: $150
Cast removal: $60
Cast boot: $200
Nite Splint: $100
Nail Trim: $45

Will I be expected to pay for my visit today?

Yes. All fees are expected up front. Whether using insurance, or paying out-of-pocket.

Where is your office located?

We are located at 730 S. 8th Street in Griffin Georgia. Our office, which can be identified by our watermark footprint sign, is located on the south end of 8th Street, next to Fire Station #4.

From I-75
Take exit 205 and head west on Hwy 16 from Jackson for 11.7 miles. Turn left on 8th Street and go 0.9 mile.
The office will be on the left.

From Thomaston:
Head north on Hwy 19 from Thomaston, through Zebulon. 8th Street will veer off to the left, but if you miss it, take the next left at the light at the intersection of Crescent Rd. and Hill St. Our office will be on the right.

From Hampton:
Take US 19/41 South until the exit on the right for Newnan/ Southern Crescent/ I-75. Take a left off the exit onto Hwy 16 East for 1.1 mile.
Turn right on 8th Street after the Burger King and go 0.9 mile. The office will be on the left.

What are your office hours?

We are open Monday through Thursday from 8am until 5pm, closing for lunch from 12-1:00pm. On Fridays, we are open from 8am until noon.

What should I bring with me to my appointment?

Picture ID
Insurance card(s) (when applicable)
A list of all prescription and over-the-counter medications that you are taking
Any required co-pay, co-insurance, deductible, or payment

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, credit, debit, most checks, money orders, and Care Credit.

We take Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover

Where is surgery performed?

Dr. Henson performs surgery at Monroe County Hospital in Forsyth, and at our own Out-Patient Surgery Center in the office that is fully equipped.


My knees hurt; can Dr. Henson help with that?

While Dr. Henson does not treat knees, Knee pain can sometimes be the result of a foot problem, or compensating for a foot problem. If he cannot help with the pain, he will do his best to refer you to someone who can.

Does Dr. Henson treat children?

Dr. Henson treats all ages for a variety of issues. He sees children often for plantar warts, flat feet, ingrown toenails, growth plate stress fractures, and more. He is great with children, and can usually find a way to make them smile.

He may refer to a pediatric podiatrist if he feels that more specialized care is needed.