Professional podiatrists are doctors who specialize in the field of foot and ankle care. They are board-certified, and their degree can be obtained through an accredited school or college and job training. Many podiatrists began their education by going to college part-time, but many do not go to college and become a professional while still working full time. Most podiatrists’ offices have a comfortable and relaxing ambience, with plenty of space to move around and to work in comfort. Podiatry has come a long way since the days of a housewife helping her brother shave.
Today professional podiatrists provide a variety of services that include a complete medical exam for their patients before treatment begins, to help them avoid any underlying foot problems that may require surgery later, and to help them manage their pain. Some also offer specialized medical treatments such as reflexology, which uses pressure on the feet and other body parts to relieve pressure and reduce pain, stress and inflammation. Some chiropractors, too, offer specialized treatment methods, including massage therapy, nutritional counselling and orthopedic adjustments. Many times, however, podiatrists combine different treatments with helping their patients solve their common foot problems.
The goal of a professional podiatrist Adelaide is to improve the overall health and quality of life of their patients. The process of diagnosis and treatment includes a thorough examination and evaluation of the patient, the symptoms and the possible causes. This helps the doctor determine how to safely and effectively treat the patient’s various foot conditions, and to identify which treatment is most appropriate for each individual. If there is pain or other symptoms, the doctor will evaluate the situation and the ability of the patient’s feet to heal through standard, over-the-counter foot remedies or more invasive procedures.
A person interested in becoming a podiatrist Adelaide should earn a degree from a Podiatry school that has been accredited by the American Podiatric Medical Association. They can attend an off-campus college or via an online program. A person who wishes to become a podiatrist must pass a medical school certification exam and take a national board exam that covers podiatry. Several colleges offer Podiatry schools, including four separate programs in San Diego, California; two in New York City and one in Miami, Florida. Podiatrist schools sometimes offer internships after the students graduate, allowing them to gain experience while still enrolled.
The job of a professional podiatrist requires the person to diagnose and treat patients with various types of foot problems, including ingrown toenails, bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses, hammertoe and knee pain, plantar fasciitis, patellar arthralgia and shin splints. Other issues commonly found in podiatry patients include fractures of the bones, ligament sprains, herniated disks, tendonitis, soft tissue injuries, sports injuries, bone deformities, fractures, heel fractures and traumatic brain injuries. In many cases, a podiatrist Adelaide will also refer their patient to a surgeon for surgery or reconstructive surgery if necessary. They may also order X-rays, laboratory tests and other procedures to determine the cause of a particular foot problem.