What Is Podiatry?

Podiatry or podiatric medicine is a branch of medicine devoted to the study of diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower extremity.

The Term: Podiatry

The term podiatry came into use in the early 20th century in the United States and is now used worldwide, within countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia.

Who is Podiatric Doctor?

A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is a medical specialist who diagnoses and treats conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and structures of the leg.

What is Podiatric Surgery?

Podiatric surgery is a specialist field in the podiatry profession. Podiatric surgery is the surgical treatment of conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related lower extremity structures by accredited and qualified specialist podiatrists. Podiatric surgery is designed to ensure continued functionality of the foot and ankle areas. Patients, who complain of joint and orologi replica cartier ligament problems, as well as those with congenital deformities, are offered a plethora of surgical solutions that fix bones, muscles, and joints. Certain podiatric surgeons specialize in minimally invasive surgery, while others perform full reconstructions.

What does an podiatrist do?

A podiatrist treats, gives advice and manages all lower limb and foot conditions as well as other musculo-skeletal conditions. At ABC Podiatry, we have a full range of podiatry services for our patients. We do biomechanical assessments / gait analysis, footwear assessments, kid’s podiatry, orthotics, general podiatry and the treatment of sports injuries through sports medicine.

I have a muscle / sports injury. Can a podiatrist help me?

Certainly, podiatry has a very wide scope of practice. Any foot, ankle, lower leg or on-going musculo-skeletal problem can benefit from podiatry services. At ABC Podiatry we frequently treat a number of athletes in a wide range of sports, from professionals all the way down to recreational exercises. If you have experienced a sports injury of the lower limb or joints, come in to ABC Podiatry today.

Do I need a referral to see a podiatrist?

You do not need a referral from a medical professional to see a podiatrist. Many patients first learn of podiatry and related services after referral from their doctor and this is perhaps where this misconception was born. Many of our patients and athletes come straight to ABC Podiatry without consulting their doctor first. We welcome anyone with a foot or lower limb complaint, joint or back and posture related neck pain to come in and consult with our professionals.

How often do I need to visit a podiatrist?

This depends on your individual condition. Footwear related problems are most often fixed with treatment with a footwear assessment, orthotics, or related treatment. Reoccurring problems due to genetic factors, lifestyle or sports injury may require on-going care. If you are experiencing pain anywhere in the lower half of your body, or your back and neck related to posture, come in and see one of our friendly podiatrists today.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

You should bring any paperwork such as written referrals, any relevant investigations such as x-rays, ultrasounds or MRI and associated reports. If you are coming in for biomechanical assessment, postural analysis or a sporting injury, you should also wear appropriate clothes such as shorts or at the very least trousers, and bring running shoes, work footwear, and any footwear that is worn on a regular basis.