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Podiatry is a practice which is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of issues relating to the feet and lower leg. The goal of treatment is to treat disease and disorders with the aim of ensuring mobility is retained in the area.
Podiatrists treat diseases but are also effective in putting into place, specific prevention strategies to help avoid the potential for future problems to manifest.
Some of the conditions which can be treated by a podiatrist include:
- developmental abnormalities that affect walking
- ingrown toenails
- fungal infections
- sports injuries
- effects from systemic diseases such as diabetes
- foot fatigue
- weak ankles
- mobility problems
Podiatrists are registered health professionals. Only qualified practitioners can be registered as either a podiatrist or a chiropodist. In the UK, individuals must be referred to see a chiropodist / podiatrist.
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