What is Podiatry?
The practice of the profession of podiatry is defined as diagnosing, treating, operating and prescribing for any disease, injury, deformity, or other conditions of the foot and ankle. This branch of medicine specialises in the art and science of treating disorders and injuries of the human foot and ankle, and in preventative health measures for the public, with a goal of maintaining active ambulation, even in an ageing society.
- Specialised in all aspects of foot care.
- Devoted to the diagnosis, treatment and care of all foot and ankle injuries and pathologies.
- Diabetic Foot Management: Prevention and treatment of foot ulcers including debridement (surgical and chemical), and wound care.
- Management of foot conditions related to osteoporosis and arthritis.
- Dealing with all kinds of foot fractures
- Management of all sports injuries related to the foot and ankle.
- Specialised in corrective surgeries for foot cases such as halux valgus and ingrown toenails.
- Treatment of a wide range of nail conditions.
Conditions commonly seen by Podiatrists:
Diabetic Foot Care: Ulcer debridement (Surgical, Chemical), and reducing increased plantar foot pressures using insoles and orthotics. Inclusive of annual vascular and neurological assessments of the lower limb, and optimal wound dressings.
Assessing and improving foot and lower limb function.
Treating Foot Pain such as Plantar Fasciitis, tendonitis, heel spurs, flat feet and different foot deformities.
Orthotics, insoles and footwear modification.
Nail Problems including Onychauxis (thick hard nails), Onychocryptosis (ingrown toe nails) and others.
Routine Podiatric treatment for corn and callus ( Sharp debridement, reducing pressure from area, and advice).
Treatment of Verruca and Warts.
Conservative management of different foot pathologies (Hallux Valgus (Bunions), Hallux Rigidus, Plantar Fasciitis, Overuse injuries, etc).
Surgical procedures performed by Orthopaedic/Podiatry:
- Digital deformity Procedures (Hallux Valgus, Hallux Rigidus, and lesser toe procedures).
- First Ray Procedures.
- Soft Tissue Procedures (Tarsal tunnel syndrome, corn excision, wart excision).
- Foot Fracture fixation.
- Ankle scopes.
- Surgical management of plantar digital neuromas.
Surgical procedures performed by Vascular surgery/ Podiatry:
Wound debridement and lesser toe amputations.