Podiatry Adelaide is a field of medicine dedicated to the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the feet, ankle, lower limb, and toes. It includes disorders of anatomy, physiology, and surgery. The term is derived from the Greek words pneuma meaning foot, and iatreia, meaning pain. The profession of podiatry came into being around 404 BC with the invention of the wheel.
There are many different types of podiatry. Podiatrists can diagnose, treat, and prevent a variety of foot problems. They perform both surgical and non-surgical specialty procedures in the field of podiatry. Some of the common conditions treated by a podiatrist include corns and calluses, hammertoe, bunions, mallet toe, flat-footed, high arched feet, orthopedic foot problems, plantar warts, foot fractures, metatarsal bones in the foot, shin problems, stasis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and fractures of the big toe. A podiatrist can also diagnose and prescribe various orthotics, gels, powders, ointments, splints, and boots for these conditions.
Podiatrists examine patients and take X-rays and perform diagnostic tests to determine the causes of the ailment. They can recommend orthotic devices, prescribe medications, and give injections and physical therapy. Most people visit a podiatrist for diagnostic testing such as x-ray, bone scan, MDF scan, CT scan, or MRI. If there is a fracture, orthotic surgery may be recommended. A surgeon can perform arthroscopic surgery to treat the joint and surrounding tissue conditions and remove damaged cartilage or bone.
Doctors of podiatry Adelaide can treat various conditions and specialise by treating ankles, knees, toes, hands, legs, feet, and toes. Some of the most common areas of specialisation include neurosurgery, geriatric treatment, orthopedics, sports medicine, podiatry, heel pain, and rheumatology. A podiatrist treats conditions similar to those found in the doctor’s office. In some cases, a podiatrist can also treat conditions found in the traditional doctor’s office, although they may refer their patients to another specialist if there is a need for it.
A licensed podiatrist is a physician who has completed an accredited college degree and passed board exams to become a professional. A few colleges offer a year of course work in podiatry, and many states require licensing to practice. The highest levels of education and training required to practice Podiatry are a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DVM) and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DMD). A DVM is a two-year graduate degree program, while a DMD is a four-year graduate degree program. Both these programs take about two years to complete. A four-year college degree typically will not be enough to begin specialising in podiatry medicine; however, it is enough to serve as a Podiatrist’s assistant.
You may want to become a podiatrist yourself if you are interested in helping others suffering from various foot and ankle injuries. This profession can be ideal for you if you enjoy helping people and have a strong aptitude for medicine and the sciences. The requirements to become a podiatrist are a high school diploma or its equivalent, as well as a certification exam from your state’s board of Podiatry and Medicine. After you earn your license, you will be able to specialise in a particular area of podiatry Adelaide. Most doctors also continue to get degrees from podiatry schools to increase their knowledge and be better prepared in the future.