What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is the assessment and treatment of lower limb conditions, ranging from the lower back to the feet. Podiatrists are qualified health professionals specialising in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders, medical and surgical conditions of the feet and the lower limbs. The Podiatrist's scope of practice includes areas such as paediatrics, diabetes, sports injuries, structural problems, treatment of the elderly as well as general foot care.
When Should I see a Podiatrist?Many people don’t know when to visit a foot specialist, with many patients waiting longer than they need to before they see a podiatrist. Foot pain is not normal and putting up with painful feet can be very uncomfortable.
Conditions commonly treated by Podiatrists include:
- Flat feet
- Heel pain / plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Ingrown toenails
- Corns / Callus
- Fungal nail and skin conditions
- Diabetic assessments
- Full gait analysis
- Footwear assessment
Footcare for diabetics
Diabetics are at an increased of foot complications due to changes in the circulation and nerves. This can lead to increased risk of infection, ulceration, peripheral neuropathy (burning, tingling or numbness) or in the worst cases, necrosis and amputation. If you have diabetes, it is recommended to have an annual diabetes assessment carried out. Your risk level will be established following tests on your nerves and circulation and a care plan will be implemented to reduce your risk of developing any diabetic complications.
Biomechanics and Orthotics
Biomechanics is the study of the structure and function of a moving body. When applied to podiatry this relates directly to the gait cycle (walking or running) and how the foot links with the ankle, knee, hips etc. Orthotics are specialised inserts for your footwear that correct and realign lower limb structure and function. Every patient requires a different level of correction to offload and realign the structures of the foot/leg. Each case is assessed thoroughly and individually with a full biomechanical assessment. Our Podiatrist work closely with the rest of the Glengala Health team, including our Chiropractors and Myotherapists, with the aim of achieving the best possible results for our patients.