What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is a field of medicine concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions associated with the foot and ankle. Podiatrists are specialists who practice on the lower extremities, primarily on feet and ankles.
What conditions can a podiatrist treat?
A podiatrist can treat a multitude of conditions related to the lower extremity. This may include:
- Corns, calluses and dry, hard skin
- Verrucae and warts
- Painful, thickened or ingrowing toe nails
- Diabetic foot care
- Bunions or other toe deformities
- Cracked heels
What are orthoses and how can they help me?
Orthoses are foot supports worn inside shoes designed to correct your posture by improving your lower extremity alignment. They work by altering and improving the efficiency of the muscles surrounding the joints. They permanently change your posture and can relieve many foot, leg, knee and hip complaints.
The podiatrist will discuss and advise the most appropriate type of orthotic depending on the presenting problem.
Tennis is a very physically demanding sport that places enormous amounts of stress and strain on the feet, ankles, knees, hips and lower back.
A podiatrist can treat many tennis related injuries to the lower extremity.
- Subungual Haematoma (bruised toe nails)
- Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain Syndrome)
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Heel Bruises