What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is yet another specialist on the medical sciences whose main focus is to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage the injuries, defects or diseases of lower limb, ankle or foot. The conditions which can be addressed by podiatry include:
- ankle and foot injuries
- problems with gait or walking
- complications related to diabetes
- arthritis related complications
- cracked heels
- ingrown toenails
- any fungal conditions
Who is a Podiatrist?
As the name explains itself, a podiatrist is the one who does podiatry. A podiatrist is a DPM (doctor of podiatric medicine) and is a licensed physician/surgeon who has received specialist training to assess, diagnose and treat the certain medical conditions related to lower limb, ankle, and foot. The focus of a podiatrist is to correct the deformities of the lower limbs, alleviate pain and prevent all kinds of infections in it. They also educate your family about your care as well as routine care which would help them prevent any foot and lower limb injuries.
Difference between a Podiatrist and a Chiropodist
Podiatrist and Chiropodist are two different names used for the same people. Podiatrist is the modern name.
Podiatric sports medicine
Podiatric sports medicine is a subspecialty of podiatry which focuses on the following cases:
- Injuries of the foot and lower limb due to chronic overuse
- Enhancement of the mechanical performance of the lower limb in order to reduce the chances of injury and increase the efficiency
Pediatrics is a term used for children. Podopaediatrics in the subspecialty of Podiatry which focuses on dealing with the issues of lower limb, ankle, and knees in children!
Difference between Podiatry and Physiotherapy
Podiatry is confined to problems related to ankle, feet and lower limbs. Thus a podiatrist has expertise in dealing with injuries, illnesses or diseases of this region. Hence, it has a limited scope. However, Physiotherapy is not limited to any particular region but has a more general approach instead. Physiotherapists help relieve the condition of a patient through different approaches including exercise, advice to the patient as well as family and educating both as well.