What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is a medical specialty that focuses on diagnosing and treating conditions or injuries of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Some common conditions of the foot that a podiatrist treats include:
- Ingrown Toenails
- Nail Infections
- Foot Infections
- Flat Feet
- Foot Ligament or muscle pain
- Smelly Feet
- Heel Pain
- Dry or cracked heel skin
- Heel Spurs
- Hammer Toes
- Foot Injuries
A doctor who prevents, diagnoses, and treats abnormal conditions of the foot is known as a podiatrist or doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM). Podiatrists treat people of all ages.
When should you visit a Podiatrist?
You may need to visit a podiatrist if you have:
- Painful feet
- Thickened or discoloured toenails
- Cracks or cuts in the skin
- Growths such as warts and verrucas
- Scaling or peeling on the soles
- Heel pain
- Any other foot-related problem
You can also seek advice from a podiatrist about proper footwear.
Initial Visit with a Podiatrist
At your first visit, your doctor will evaluate you by reviewing your medical history, performing a physical examination of your feet, and assess your blood circulation. Your doctor may also observe the way you walk and move. A treatment plan will then be tailored to your needs. Your doctor may also treat any minor problems at the initial appointment. Such sessions usually last for about 30 to 60 minutes.