Podiatry is a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity.
There are several recognized areas of Podiatry:
GENERAL PODIATRY This is what most people think of when they hear the term “Podiatrist”. General Podiatry encompasses things such as routine footcare, nail cutting, callous/dead skin removal, corn debridement – generally anything we would term non specific or non invasive.
PODIATRIC SURGERY A sub specialisation of Podiatry which deals with Foot and Ankle Surgery. A Podiatric Surgeon undergoes extensive University education and training including periods as a Registrar and Resident. All foot and ankle surgery can be performed by Podiatric Surgeons.
PODIATRIC SPORTS MEDICINE Dealing with athletes requires not only passion but also years of education and experience. This subset of Podiatry solely deals with problems faced by the athlete or sports patient. From muscular injuries, footwear, performance enhancement and biomechanical evaluation to training programs, rehabilitation and injury prevention.
PODO-PAEDIATRICS A subset of Podiatry which deals with children in particular. Children contrary to popular belief are not just miniature versions of adults. Their growth, foot posture and function are vastly different to their larger counterparts – and for that reason it is important to treat them differently. From walking issues, developmental problems, footwear to school shoe selection and growing pains.
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