Podiatrists are health care professionals who can diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and advise on a comprehensive range of problems relating to the feet, ankles and lower limb. They also prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections.
They can also give you advice on how to look after your feet and what type of shoes you need to be wearing. They can also treat and improve common foot problems, such as:
• toenail problems, such as thickened, fungal or ingrown toenails
• corns and calluses
• athlete’s foot
• dry and cracked heels
• flat feet
• heel pain
Podiatrists also perform biomechanical assessments to evaluate how the foot, ankle and lower leg is functioning to highlight any weaknesses with the joint, the muscles, ligaments or nerves. Podiatrists can then supply orthotics, which are tailor-made insoles, padding and arch supports to relieve arch or heel pain. An orthotic device inserts into your shoe to help re-align your foot, take pressure off vulnerable areas of your foot, or simply to make your shoes feel more comfortable.