What does a podiatrist do?
To become a podiatrist you must study a 3-year degree before you can start treating patients. Podiatrists have been trained to diagnose and treat all lower limb, feet abnormalities, knees and hip conditions. The focus during training is on helping to prevent or correct different kinds of deformity and pain and to help to keep people mobile, active and pain free.
Many people have heard about us but do not have a clear indication on what we do. people with foot injuries are unsure on who to turn to for help or where to go, most people will turn to their gp’s for help, or go to the nearest hospital. But you should see a podiatrist, they work with all ages including, children, adults, and the elderly. Most of the time that foot pain is left untreated or undiagnosed there can be further problems or complications.
Now that we are called podiatrists (before we were chiropodists) we can divide treatments that we do into:
Foot pain is tricky to treat without a Podiatrist!! Yes you read that right...
You see, podiatrists have studied the foot...for three years... at university..
We know what will get you better and what will not. The many small structures of the foot are delicate ...surprisingly as great load and stress is put through them at each and every step.
Many people haven't heard of orthotics...arch supports or insoles...but as podiatrists and specialists of the foot and ankle we use these every day in our work to get people better.
We know better than most others how foot pain can stop you enjoying your favourite activities. Whether its walking, running or tennis.. a foot pain will stop you enjoying ..
What is an orthotic?
An orthotic device is an arch support or inner sole that fits into your shoe to help to heal your foot pain.
There are two main types.. custom made devices prescribed by the podiatrist and made in a laboratory... and over the counter (OTC)...
Foot pain can be very difficult to understand. One day there is no pain...and the next... your limping ..
The foot contains 26 bones 30 joints and more than 100 muscles tendons and ligament... so there are a lot of structures that can go wrong. The problem we have is that the foot lands heavy on the ground every time we take a step... and we need to stand up and walk... right ?
And therein lies the problem; if you've managed to get yourself an injury the body has no way of getting better as your constantly taking steps on the ground..and stopping the foot getting better.
As a podiatrist we see this very often in the clinic. The mere act of walking aggravates the pain and the problem.
This is where orthotics come in.. orthotics - arch supports - are shaped in such a way as to support your foot. They fit into your shoe and help support your injured areas. They put the pressure elsewhere or redistribute the pressure from the ground to a bigger area of the foot....