A Podiatrist is one who specializes in the treatment of joint and hand disorders. They also deal with the rehabilitation of injured or disabled people. Sometimes a Podiatrist is also known as a podiatrist, orthopedist, or orthopaedic surgeon. There are many reasons why a patient may need to see a Podiatrist such as:
o Reducing the pain caused by joint or eye problems. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is usually treated by a podiatrist. Their expertise is in treating various forms of arthritis including:
o Treating broken bones. If you are unable to move your arm due to a broken bone, a podiatrist may be able to operate on the bone with the help of a metal instrument called a “bone saw” to try and correct the problem.
o Easing acute pain. In the case of chronic pain or a painful condition, your podiatrist may be able to recommend a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that will help reduce pain. These drugs are usually given orally or via injection.
o Treating musculoskeletal conditions. Some podiatrists are trained in treating back pain, which can be alleviated by using a postural adjustment device, which aims to keep the spine in a neutral position.
o Preventing injury. For example, patients who suffer from osteoarthritis may be advised to refrain from activities that put them at risk of injuring their feet, such as excessive weight lifting, as well as other activities that can damage the foot.
o Treating toe nail disorders. People who suffer from a damaged or lost toe nail can often use a nail trimming kit to remove an offending section. Podiatrists are also trained in diagnosing toe nail disorders and using a prescription adhesive agent to remove them.
o Preventing problems related to keeping the foot clean. Toes are usually kept well cared for when they are first born. They are encouraged to wear shoes which are kept clean and fresh by using special foot powders or lotions.
o Preventing diseases. For example, podiatrists often treat foot problems such as:
o Vitamin deficiency. In the case of foot health, there are a vitamin deficiency and an overproduction of yeast and bacteria. In this instance, your podiatrist may advise you to take a specific vitamin supplement.
o Prophylaxis of conditions. In the event that the podiatrist suspects you are developing a certain condition, he/she may recommend you to take a preventive measure, such as:
Podiatrists are responsible for all aspects of the foot and ankle. They often provide prevention of further complications through their knowledge of treatment, prevention, and maintenance of the condition. For example, a podiatrist will advise a patient against participating in dangerous activities like swimming, athletics, and riding motorcycles.