Podiatry or foot surgery is a specialized field of medical science devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, and the treatment of diseases of the lower leg and foot. Podiatrists treat foot problems and diagnose and treat foot conditions including arthritis, bone disease and deformity.
Diagnosing and treating foot problems is possible with the help of x-rays, special instruments for diagnosing fractures, MRIs, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) images, digital radiography (dye-sublimation), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Podiatrists also perform surgical procedures like arthrocentesis, subluxation ectomy, and metatarsal tunnel surgery. They also offer orthopedic services such as spinal manipulation, spinal decompression, joint replacements, spinal osteotomies, knee and hip replacements, knee replacements, rotator cuff tears, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis, meniscal tears, plantar fascia ligation, tendonitis, bursitis, heel spur, and bunion.
Foot and ankle problems are usually caused by injury or infection. A standard foot infection, plantar fasciitis, affects the bottom of the foot and causes swelling. Injuries or infections can be caused by wearing poorly fitted shoes, sports injuries, or aging. A common foot disorder is corns, calluses, and heel spurs, which may occur in athletes but are commonly seen in patients who suffer from age-related foot problems like arthritis and gout. Surgery can correct some foot conditions but not all. A good podiatrist Adelaide knows the causes of foot and ankle problems and can recommend treatment.
Podiatry schools are located in over 30 countries around the world. The most prestigious of these is the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), which is considered the National Podiatric Medical Association. Students that complete their training and pass the APMA examination are licensed to practice podiatry.
Today, podiatric doctors play an essential part in our daily lives. Some of them are trained to perform surgeries and are involved in research and development of prosthetic devices for the elderly.
Podiatric surgery has become so popular that many insurance companies cover the costs. If you have had an accident or foot or ankle problem, it is best to visit your physician as soon as possible. Your podiatrist Adelaide will be able to assess your condition and will give you information on what he recommends. He may recommend a series of treatments, including surgery, and therapy to improve the quality of your life. In many cases, your podiatrist Adelaide will be able to recommend a podiatric shoe to help reduce the pain.
Your podiatric doctor will likely tell you that there is no reason to avoid surgery if your condition is mild, but there are some things you can do to help the recovery time. He may suggest that you take anti-inflammatory medication or use ice packs on the affected area. He may even recommend that you use a special shoe to reduce swelling and help with the healing process.