What is Podiatry?

Health & Wellness
Last Updated Jul 29, 2020
Health & Wellness

We’ll walk roughly three times around the globe – or 128,000 kms – in our lifetime. But if we have leg, foot or toe pain taking just one step can be difficult. Podiatry can help ease walking difficulties, enhance our independence and prevent other foot problems.

Each of our feet has 26 bones, 33 joints and is a complex network of tendons, muscles, blood vessels and nerves. Our feet support our weight and act as shock absorbers to lesson the impact of sudden movements. As anyone with leg or foot problems knows, when things go wrong we lose a huge part of our independence.

Podiastrists Treat Lower Legs and Feet

Podiatrists prevent, diagnose and treat many different problems associated with the lower legs and feet. These may include:

  • Bone and joint disorders such as arthritis
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Foot problems associated with neurological and circulatory disease
  • Foot problems associated with diabetes
  • Balance issues, such as in elderly people
  • Heel, knee, shin and ankle pain
  • Knock-kneed
  • Corns and calluses
  • Fungal or ingrown toenails
  • Bunions
  • Aching feet
  • Injuries or infections from sport
  • Plantar warts

Podiatry Prevents Problems

Podiatrists aim to enhance your independence and prevent other problems developing. They formulate a care plan that may include:

Podiatrists Are Part of Multi-Discipline Care

Podiatrists may work closely with other healthcare providers, for example, in rehabilitation after surgery or in the prevention and management of foot problems associated with diabetes. This is vitally important as at least 85 people in Australia lose a foot each week because of diabetes.

Podiatry Pedigree

Podistists practising in Australia must hold at least a Bachelor degree from a recognised university and be registered to practise in their chosen State or Territory.

Podiatrists diagnose and treat lower leg and foot problems. They play a big role in preventing further complications and aim to enhance the mobility, range of movement and independence of their clients.

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Originally published on Aug 17, 2011

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