What is a Podiatrist?
A medical professional specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity. A Podiatrist must complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Podiatry or Podiatric Medicine (BSc Hons).
A Podiatrist can treat anything from an ingrowing toe nail requiring surgery under local anaesthetic to designing a custom made foot orthotic to assist with tendon or joint dysfunction or pain. We are also highly specialised to manage the Diabetic or High-Risk foot and the subsequent wounds that can arise.
Our scope of practice is ever increasing giving us almost every opportunity out there to help you with your lower limb related problems. We often obtain a vast amount of postgraduate qualifications, attend courses, maintain a high level of continuous professional development and attend meetings with other local and nationwide colleagues
What assessments do Podiatrists carry out?
Our Podiatrists routinely perform surgical procedures including nail surgery and Faulkner’s needling under local anaesthetic. To enable us to do this safely we will need to ask a series of questions about your medical history , medication you may be taking and check your vascular and neurological status to ensure you are safe to undergo these procedures.