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Podiatry is the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot and lower leg. Podiatrists are responsible for treating these disorders, which are often painful and debilitating. They are also concerned with ensuring that mobility and independence is retained.
As well as the treatment of foot problems, podiatrists also implement risk prevention strategies, provide prophylactic treatment (which delays or minimizes the need for hospitalization and/or invasive treatment), and come up with therapeutic care plans that are designed to maximize mobility and the patient’s level of activity.
Podiatry can be used in the treatment of the following conditions:
For problems such as corns, calluses, necrotic ulceration, tendonitis, recurring sprains and chronic pain, podiatrists may prescribe foot orthoses as a way of providing a permanent treatment or means of prevention. Foot orthoses generally fit inside the shoe.
If you're looking for a rewarding career in health care, consider becoming a podiatrist.
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Read on for more information on common reasons to see your local Podiatrist.