The modern podiatrist specialises in the assessment and treatment of foot and ankle pain. So a podiatrist can get an accurate diagnosis , a referral for xrays, ultrasounds or MRI’s can be written for the patient. Podiatrists are qualified to provide injections for pain relief such as local anaesthetic or prolotherapy treatment so a patient can recover. They can diagnose and manage injures of the lower limb. But a podiatrist doesn’t just do feet, they can extend their expertise up to the lower back, hips and knees. Podiatrists are able to provide both conservative and non-conservative treatment advice. They have a holistic approach to health care and enjoy assisting patients back to pain free function.
YOUR AN ATHLETE
Podiatrists have the ability to assess alignment of the foot, knee and hip. They can do a screening assessment for injury prevention called a biomechanical assessment. As a lot of sports require running, podiatrists are trained to assess movement and do a running gait analysis. Starting a new exercise regime is another reason to get your biomechanics checked to help avoid injury. Podiatrists offer preventative care and footwear advice. Strength and conditioning programs after an injury is part of what they incorporate in your treatment plan. An opinion on surgical intervention can be given and a podiatrist is qualified to assist a patient with post operative rehabilitation after surgery. Running, as well as sports that require significant continuous activity—such as soccer—are particularly strenuous on the feet and ankles.
A podiatrist can:
- assess potential problems
- prevent sports related injuries
- recommend sport specific shoes
- share effective strategies to maintain foot health & conditioning as an athlete.
YOUR EXPERIENCING FOOT PAIN
If you’re experiencing pain in your feet, ankles or knees, it is important to see a podiatrist. It is not normal to have foot pain. Pain might occur in the joint or heel, because of bunions, or as a result of a sprain, strain, or broken bone. Podiatrists treat both acute and chronic foot pain. Ordering imaging of the foot and ankle can be done by a podiatrist after an injury has occurred. With this imaging an accurate diagnoses of the foot pain may be achieved. The aim is to get treatment early and help get you back on your feet.
YOUR INTERESTED IN GETTING ORTHOTICS
Podiatrists offer custom orthotics that give feet extra support. Custom orthotics are useful for correcting foot abnormalities. Such devices can be used to treat fallen arches, collapsed arches, high arches and injury prevention. They can also offer much needed support if you regularly need to stand for long periods of time in a workplace. If you already have custom orthotics but haven’t seen a podiatrist recently, you may benefit from getting a new, custom pair. Orthotics should typically be replaced every two to three years due to wear and tear. New technology including 3D laser scanning and 3D printing has made custom orthotics more effective, enabling those with fallen arches to accommodate their orthotics in many different shoe types.
Above all, caring for your feet has a positive impact on your overall health. So book an appointment with your local podiatrist today. You don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a podiatrist