Podiatry is a specialized branch of medicine dedicated to studying, diagnosing, and treating feet, ankle, and lower limb disorders. It also includes the field of orthopedics. A licensed podiatrist provides complete diagnostic and treatment services to their patient. Most podiatry doctors undertake formal college education and years of study to specialize in this field of medicine. Most countries have their association of podiatry doctors who the FDA recognizes.
The field of podiatry Adelaide has branches like podiatry surgery, podiatry radiography, podiatry diagnostics, orthopedic surgery, podiatry nursing and podiatry nutrition. These departments and subgroups within podiatry require a different kind of physician to perform the respective specialty. The podiatrist calls on podiatrists for various types of assessments, diagnoses and treatments. For example, a podiatrist can prescribe alternative treatments and therapies to alleviate a food-related disorder.
Podiatry combines the doctor’s knowledge, skills, creativity, research, and experience to treat all kinds of lower limb disorders. Therefore, it requires a doctor skilled in general medicine and specialized knowledge and training in foot biomechanics, anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, psychology, and family practice. The doctor should also have good communication, interpersonal and management skills, and knowledge about paediatrics, surgery, and emergency care.
Podiatry as a specialty is usually associated with a traditional foot physician or a family practitioner. This type of podiatry doctor practices in general practices and general hospitals. They provide complete diagnostic and treatment procedures to patients suffering from foot ailments. A podiatry Adelaide degree and qualification help the doctors to specialize in a particular field of podiatry. Some of the areas of specialization in podiatry are listed as below:
Foot biomechanics is a branch of podiatry that concerns the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of feet. It includes abnormal gait, abnormally bent feet, hammertoes, loss of motion and deformities etc. The primary purpose of podiatry attending a patient in this field is to determine the actual cause of foot problems. Podiatry also uses specialized x-rays and computerized tomography (CT) scanners to help in the diagnosis.
Foot and ankle podiatry is another specialty area that concerns the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of lower back pain and similar problems of the lower legs. The most common disorders treated through podiatry include fractures of bone, ligament sprains, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, metatarsal phalangeal joint defect, heel spur syndrome etc. A complete analysis of a patient is required for proper diagnosis. During the podiatry residency, a doctor can learn the details of all the disorders of the lower legs through a combination of manual therapy and special techniques of treating the disorders.