Podiatry is all about the health of the foot and the relationship between the foot and lower limb – as imbalances could have effects on other areas of the body.
Podiatry is the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the foot and lower-limb. Podiatrists (also known as foot doctors) provide pain relief from foot deformities, injuries and wounds through palliative means. Minor surgery or the prescription of foot orthoses to realign foot or leg imbalances are all part of the treatment.
Podiatrists are an important part of a multidisciplinary team, for the preventative care for high-risk patients, such as diabetics, and those with rheumatoid arthritis. They play a vital part in education and assessments to prevent complications. Podiatrists often are the first to be presented with complications or symptoms of the foot, which lead to the diagnosis of systemic medical conditions.
Podiatrists are registered with the Professions Council of South Africa.