What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a health professional who deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs. The conditions podiatrists treat include those resulting from bone and joint disorders such as arthritis and soft-tissue and muscular conditions as well as neurological and circulatory diseases. Podiatrists are also able to diagnose and treat any complications of the above which affect the lower limb, including skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrowing toenails. Foot injuries and infections gained through sport or other activities are also diagnosed and treated by podiatrists.

Podiatrists are specialist because of our focused training and expertise in foot and ankle conditions.

Podiatrists can become board certified in any or all of the following areas:

  • Primary Podiatric Medicine and Orthopedics
  • Podiatric Surgery

Why is Podiatry Important?
Podiatry is important because podiatrists play an important role in maintaining mobility of many elderly and disabled people, and others. This is achieved through the ongoing monitoring of foot health, in particular of those with circulation problems and diabetes. Podiatrists are recognized as important members of the health care team in preventing and managing lower limb complications for those living with diabetes.