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What is a Podiatrist?

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A podiatrist is a health professional that deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of foot, ankle and lower leg conditions. Lower limb disorders/pain can affect anyone in the population, from an active to an inactive person.

Foot problems can arise from bio-mechanical issues to systemic diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis. The podiatrist will consider your medical history, previous injuries, past and current footwear, lifestyle and occupation when assessing, diagnosing and implementing a treatment plan.

Podiatry is a multifaceted occupation, where a podiatrist may work in the public or private sector depending on their role and the level of care the patient requires.

Common foot conditions that podiatrists assess and diagnose:

  • Flat feet, heel/arch pain and heel spurs.
  • Shin splints, sporting and ankle injuries.
  • Children’s foot problems.
  • Fungal, thick and ingrown nails.
  • Callus, corns, blisters, cracked heels, plantar warts and tinea/athletes foot.
  • Foot deformities and bunions.
  • High risk patients and associated arising complications such as wounds.

Common services offered by podiatrists:

  • Bio-mechanical and paediatric assessment.
  • Diabetic screening.
  • Customised foot orthoses/ shoe insert.
  • Ingrown and nail surgery.
  • Nail, skin care, wart and fungal/ laser treatments.
  • Orthopaedic footwear.

For more information about podiatrists and detailed information about Relief Podiatry and their services, continue visiting www.reliefpodiatry.com.au .

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