What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is defined as the branch of medicine concerned with the lower limb, particularly the foot and ankle.
Podiatrists are able to diagnose, treat and prevent foot problems using physical, mechanical, chemical and surgical therapies.
In order to become a registered podiatrist a three or four year full time undergraduate course is completed to obtain a degree in podiatry.
The medical training undertaken includes the study of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, general medicine and microbiology. Podiatrists also undergo specialised training in the examination, diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the feet.
What to expect at your first appointment
At your first consultation with a podiatrist a full medical history will be taken. The podiatrist will also need to be aware of any medication you may be taking. The appointment usually lasts 20-30 minutes. Any treatment and further plans will be discussed in full during your first appointment.