Your feet are very important, not just for completing your day to day tasks, but for supporting your entire body and posture. Pain to your feet can affect your mobility and stop you from living an active life. That’s where Podiatrists step in. But what exactly do Podiatrists do?
What is a Podiatrist?
Podiatrists treat pain in your feet, correct abnormalities, prevent foot issues and help to keep you active. They treat the following conditions;
- Running and sports injuries
- Shin splints
- Heel pain
- Ingrown toenails
- Flat feet
- Diabetic Feet
- Growing pains
- Toenail disorders
- Arthritis including Bunions and Hammer Toes
- Fractures and sprains
- Morton’s neuroma
- Corns and callouses
- Dry and cracked heels
- In-toeing and out-toeing
- And other conditions that affect the feet, ankles and lower leg
Podiatrists can choose to work across all foot conditions or specialise in a certain area such as Sports Podiatry, Paediatric Podiatry, Ingrown Toe Nail Surgery or General Podiatry.
They often work with health professionals such as Doctors, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Exercise Physiologists to treat underlying medical conditions which can affect your feet.
Range of Therapies Available
Podiatrists use a range of treatments and therapies to get you back to an active lifestyle sooner. These include;
- Orthotic Therapy
- Gait Assessment
- Footwear Advice
- Nail Surgery for those recurring ingrown toenails
- Taping and strapping
- Shockwave Therapy
- Foot Mobilisation
- Laser Therapy
- Dry needling
When Should I See a Podiatrist?
There are many reasons to see a Podiatrist, yet some of the key factors include daily foot pain whether sport or not sport related, advice on orthotics and footwear, discomfort from nails whether ingrown or thickened, general foot maintenance like removal of painful corns and calluses, bony deformities such as bunions and hammertoes, wounds that won’t heal and diabetes-related foot problems.
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, contact your Podiatrist for advice as soon as possible.
Moreland Podiatry – What Do Podiatrists Do?
If you are interested in more information regarding what Podiatrists can do to help you, visit the Moreland Podiatry website. To speak to a specialist regarding your foot concerns, contact us on (03) 9383 6633 or book an appointment online now.