Podiatrist or podiatry is a specialized branch of medical science concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and diagnosis of medical conditions of the foot, lower leg, lower foot, ankle, and other lower body regions. The most common type of podiatry is orthopedic medicine that deals with disorders and injuries to the bones and soft tissues of the skeletal system such as the legs and feet.
A podiatrist can help you avoid accidents and also help you recover quickly from them. The podiatrist is the one who gives you advice and help you decide upon a treatment for your particular condition. He or she is also the one to advise you about the latest treatments, medications, equipment and even the latest fashion trends in sports attire.
A major part of podiatry is preventing injury to the foot and ankle and helping patients maintain good health. They treat disorders of the bone and the cartilage. This includes treating fractures of the bones, arthritis, bursitis, bone spurs, gout, heel spur, plantar fasciitis, corns and calluses on the heels, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and shin splints.
Sometimes the podiatrist will treat a person suffering from foot pain caused due to an accident or trauma. They will take a look at the nature of the injury and tell the patient the kind of treatment that is necessary to prevent further recurrence of the pain. After giving the proper medication and instructions, the podiatrist will make a plan to make sure that the injury does not recur.
The type of podiatry dealt with in this field is called an osteotomy, which is the removal of the bone. In other words, if a patient has injured his or her foot because of an accident, the podiatrist will make an impression of that injury and ask the patient to rest it and put ice on it for sometime. When the ice starts to wear off, the podiatrist will use an instrument called an arthroscope to take a look at the injured area.
In cases like this, the podiatrist will make use of x-ray machines to make sure that minor injuries are not serious and should not require immediate attention. If the fracture is small and is confined to just one side of the bone, the person may be able to get some relief by lying down to prevent further damage. And swelling.
Bone spurs are the protruding bones on the surface of the bone. They are also referred to as calluses and when they are found close to the joints and cause pain.
Foot pain caused due to these conditions is very common in women. It is common for many women to have dry feet and cracked heels which are very painful. They can be treated with a few home remedies. Podiatrists will examine the patient’s foot and will tell her what to do to reduce the pain and stop further damage.
Usually the patient is asked to take off her shoes and socks at night, as this allows the podiatrist to see the pain better and know whether it is the right time to apply pressure to the foot. The podiatrist may recommend using cold or warm compresses. They may also recommend applying ice to the affected area.
After the ice pack is applied to the foot, the podiatrist will give the patient a heating pad and after about 10 minutes, they will apply cold compresses and after another 10 minutes apply a hot compress. and so on until the pain begins to subside.
Pain killers will be given. These pain killers help to control the pain. Over the counter pain killers may be prescribed and sometimes the doctor may prescribe something stronger.
The podiatrist will make use of a special instrument called an interdigital digital camera to take a photograph of the pain and then send it to a technician who can show it to the patient. The technician can explain what should be done to reduce the pain.