What is a podiatrist?
Do you practice a high-level sport or simply for pleasure? Do you work standing up? Do your children walk with their feet inward? Are you diabetic? Do your nails make you suffer?
All these questions have one thing in common: they start from the feet or ask them greatly. They are among the most important parts of your body, but also among the most neglected.
Do you want to take care of them, continue to walk without pain or simply know in what state your feet and your gait are in relation to normality? The podiatrist is the health professional who can answer your questions and adequately assess their condition.
Although many people associate the podiatrist with the professional treating foot ailments, the fields of practice of the profession as well as the training still raise questions.
why to see a podiatrist
A podiatrist is a health professional with an undergraduate doctorate in podiatric medicine. He can diagnose and treat local foot conditions in different ways. He is also authorized to prescribe certain medications, as well as X-rays and other imaging modalities.
There are many problems that can be treated by a podiatrist: foot pain (tip spur, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, bunion, neuroma, and many others), skin problems (itching, corns and calluses, plantar warts, cysts and any other lesions), nail problems (ingrown nail, fungus, etc.), a wound, a sports injury. Podiatrists are also able to perform foot care: remove horns, corns, cut and thin nails if necessary.
Several treatment methods are used in podiatry: tapings, custom foot orthoses, cortisone injections, ultrasounds, shock wave therapy, and medication prescription as appropriate.
It is strongly recommended to consult a podiatrist if you are diabetic. Diabetes can lead to certain foot complications (gradual loss of sensation, circulation problems, nail fungus, sores, dry skin, etc.)
It is also recommended to consult at a very young age in order to detect any anomaly that may cause pain or developmental delay. If you are worried about your children’s gait or feet, do not hesitate to consult.
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