Podiatry is the branch of allied health that deals with the feet, ankles and lower legs. Podiatrists treat, diagnose and prevent conditions of the foot, ankle and lower leg with the aim to improve a patient’s whole well-being.
The team at Evolve Podiatry Bendigo has been providing excellence in podiatry services for the community and surrounding areas for over 13 years. We pride ourselves in our exceptional, holistic and personalised services of the feet and lower limbs, with preventative care at the core of our everyday practice.
What are some of the common problems do podiatrists treat?
Podiatrists treat many foot problems including bunions, ingrown toenails, warts, sports injuries of the feet and ankles, heel and arch pain, and sprains and fractures. They also work in podiatric sports medicine, helping athletes to stay on their feet and in the game with proper training, injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Athletes are particularly prone to injury due to the nature of their sport and the amount of time they spend on their feet. This can lead to sprains, fractures and chronic conditions such as plantar fasciitis, arthritis and achilles tendonitis. Podiatrists are able to provide a range of treatment options from rehabilitative exercises to footwear prescriptions and orthotics for the management of these conditions.
They are also able to perform thorough biomechanical assessments of the feet, which involve gait analysis and testing the range of motion of the joints. This helps to identify any imbalances which may be contributing to the cause of the injury and allow for corrective therapy.
To be a podiatrist you need to have a good level of dexterity. This is because they often need to use a variety of medical and surgical tools during an assessment or procedure. A podiatrist who is unable to accurately use these tools will not be able to provide the best care for their patients.
As a podiatrist you are also likely to deal with people in distress, which requires excellent interpersonal skills. This is because patients often visit them when they are in great pain or discomfort. Being able to listen and reassure them is critical to their wellbeing.
A career as a podiatrist can be incredibly rewarding, especially for people who are passionate about the health and wellbeing of their feet and lower legs. Podiatrists can offer a wide range of treatments that can make a big difference to your quality of life, so contact us at Evolve Podiatry Bendigo today. We would be happy to help you with any issues affecting your feet and ankles!