A podiatrist deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of conditions relating to your feet, ankles and lower leg. Podiatry is a registered and regulated health profession that will consider your medical and injury history, footwear, occupation and lifestyle when assessing and diagnosing the health of your feet. Management of foot problems will vary but may include a variety of physical therapies, the use of instruments and tools, the application of ointments, and the prescription of shoe inserts (orthotics). Podiatrists also provide health education for self-care and the prevention of foot problems, especially related to diabetes. At Bodyviva, our podiatrist can help to improve your mobility and independence through the prevention and management of foot problems.
The conditions that a podiatrist will treat can include bone and joint disorders (arthritis), muscular problems and neurological or circulatory diseases. Some of the common problems that a podiatrist can diagnose and manage include:
- foot injuries, shin splints, knee pain;
- aching feet and heel spurs (plantar fasciitis);
- thickened or ingrown toenails;
- corns, callus and cracked heels;
- fungal problems – nail & skin;
- plantar warts (verrucae);
- children’s foot problems (flat feet, intoe-ing, sore heels)
Podiatrists prescribe orthotics as a non-surgical approach to some of these conditions or as a method of control after certain types of foot surgery. Orthotics are shoe inserts designed to correct your individual foot problems by supporting and gently repositioning the heels, arches, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones in your feet. They alter the angles at which the foot strikes a walking or running surface and makes standing, walking, and running more comfortable and efficient. Orthotics are constructed of various materials but can be designed to fit in dress shoes, athletic shoes and boots.
Foot pain shouldn’t be a regular occurrence and any disruption in foot function limits your freedom and mobility. It’s not usually necessary to obtain a referral to visit our podiatrist and depending on your level of health insurance cover, you may be able to make a claim on your consultation. It’s important to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist at the first sign of pain or discomfort in your feet. Contact us today to start taking steps towards a more comfortable stride.