What is a podiatrist?

Podiatrists aim to increase people’s independence by helping them improve their mobility.

The role involves diagnosing, preventing and treating problems that affect the feet, ankles and lower legs. Some examples include infections, defects and injuries, along with foot and nail conditions.

What does a podiatrist do on a daily basis?

  • Complete assessments regarding medical history, physical exams, x-rays to diagnose disorders and deformities of the foot.
  • Prescribe medications, corrective devices (ankle straps or foot straps) physical therapy, or surgery.
  • Provide service users with treatment and techniques that can help them avoid potential future complications.
  • Treat bone, muscle, and joint disorders affecting the feet and ankles.
  • Make and fit prosthetic appliances
  • Work with other professionals in an MDT to review service users progress
  • Refer service users experiencing severe impacts due to conditions such as arthritis or diabetes.

Where do Podiatrists work?

  • Hospitals
  • GP surgery
  • Private clinics
  • Diabetic clinics
  • Child health clinics
  • Occupational health centres
  • Sports clubs
  • Nursing homes

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