What does a Podiatrist treat?
Quite often we will have a patient come into the clinic and say to us, "I've had a sore foot recently, so I went and saw the (insert Doctor, Physio, Chiro, Massage Therapist)". When asked why they didn't come and see us, many have said simply that they "didn't know Podiatrists did that kind of things". For a long time, Podiatrist, or Chiropodists, were purely a source of assistance for corns, callus, ingrown toenails or just general foot care. Over the years, as the training and research progressed, so did the scope of practice for Podiatrists. Whilst general foot care is still at the core of many Podiatry clinics, the area of Biomechanics and Sports Podiatry is now an important intervention in the treatment and management of not just foot pain, but many foot and leg injuries and pathologies. Conditions such as plantarfasciitis, Morton's neuroma, shin splints, Achille's tendonitis, and metatarsalgia, to name a few, are all examples of foot complaints that a Podiatrist can treat. Through gait assessment, pressure analysis, joint assessment and muscle testing, a Podiatrist can diagnose not only the problem at hand, but also what factors may have led to it occurring in the first place, and what treatments will be best suited to ensuring it doesn't return in the future.
So, if you have foot pain, heel pain, shin or calf pain, ankle pain, or are just concerned that you might not be walking or running correctly, make a Podiatrist your first port of call. As I like to say to my patients, if you had a problem with your teeth you would see the dentist, the tooth expert, so if you have any problems with your feet, go and see the foot expert, the Podiatrist.