A common area of practice within podiatry, this deals with problems arising from the way your joints are aligned and your muscles function. Pain from poor alignment can affect not just your feet but your knees, hips and lower back.
This deals with the diagnosis and treatment of lower limb disorders in children many of which are biomechanically related.
An increasing amount of foot surgery is being performed by specially trained Podiatrists, usually on a day care basis under local anesthetic, meaning no over night stays in hospital and minimal disruption to your everyday life. Their practical experience and knowledge of interacting associated foot problems enables them to provide a well considered care plan for your problem.
These are specially shaped insoles that aim to reduce the symptoms resulting from biomechanical problems. Often these are used for controlling excessive pronation, commonly known as flat feet or fallen arches, but they can be useful for many other conditions.
High risk patient management
The largest group is patients with diabetes who benefit greatly from regular foot care and advice, but also those with arthritis, neurological or vascular conditions tend to have 'high risk' feet and should see a Podiatrist regularly.
Often working alongside physiotherapists the Podiatrist's knowledge of lower limb function and orthotic treatments are put to good use in diagnosing and treating many lower limb sports injuries.