What is Podiatry?
A State Registered Podiatrist is a specialist in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the foot and lower limb.
A Podiatrist is a highly trained Health care professional that is able to provide comprehensive foot and ankle care. A podiatrist is intensely educated in the prevention of disorders and diseases of the foot and the ankle. A Podiatrist diligently works to provide the highest quality, most effective, and comprehensive care of the foot and the ankle.
What Does a Podiatrist Do Exactly?
• Relief from pain, foot deformities, injuries and wounds.
• Prescription and provision of Orthoses (specialised insoles) to re-align foot or leg imbalances. This often involves treating specific patient groups such as athletes with sports injuries or children.
• Use of techniques including minor nail surgery under local anaesthetics.
• Preventative care for people with specific conditions which may affect their foot health such as patients with diabetes, poor circulation and various forms of arthritis.
• Recognition of systemic medical conditions which may first manifest themselves within the foot and present complications such as inflammation or ulceration.
• Dermatological Conditions such as Athlete’s Foot, Ingrown Toe nails, Infected and deformed toe nails, Warts/verrucae, Corns and Callus.