What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders affecting the feet and lower limbs. Podiatrists treat conditions resulting from bone and joint disorders such as arthritis, as well as soft-tissue and muscular issues. Furthermore, they also treat complications of neurological and circulatory diseases. This includes issues such as skin and nail disorders, corns, callus, and ingrown toenails. Foot injuries and infections due to general or sporting activity are also diagnosed and managed by podiatrists.
Generally, a podiatric consultation involves a clinical history, physical examination, diagnosis and development of a treatment plan. Clinical assessments include noting medical and surgical history, footwear, occupational, and lifestyle factors. The assessment may incorporate various diagnostic equipment for diagnosis and prognosis.
All podiatry procedures use sterilized instruments and are carried out according to full infection control principles. Custom foot orthoses can provide permanent solutions to corns, callus, and ulcers. They do this by providing pressure redistribution. They are also a vital tool in the treatment of acute and chronic foot and knee conditions. For example, tendonitis, recurrent ankle sprains, and stress fractures through functional biomechanical realignment.