A podiatrist, or foot doctor, specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremities. A podiatrist can also perform surgery on the foot and ankle. Some of the specialties they perform are reconstructive surgery, sports medicine, dermatological podiatry, and even forensic podiatry. Four-year podiatric medical school is followed by a surgical based residency.
Symptoms and Treatments in Podiatry?
Some of the more common ailments treated by a podiatrist are heel pain, diabetic foot care, food deformities, hammertoes, nail and skin care and sports injuries. Podiatrists supply orthotics, which are also known as insoles. As foot specialists, podiatrists can also give specific advice on footwear to ensure that the feet are in good condition and in the right shoes. When it comes to injuries in sports or exercise, podiatrists assist in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment so that patients can resume their active lifestyle.
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