A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine, which is the only healthcare profession that focuses their care on conditions of the foot, ankle and related body systems. Podiatrists are specially trained to provide medical and surgical treatment of foot conditions that are caused by injury, disease or genetics.
Conditions seen by podiatrists include:
Diagnostic services and treatments for podiatric conditions include:
Pain in the feet, neck, back, hips and knees can all be related to foot problems caused by the way we walk. The way we walk, referred to as gait, along with our posture, can transfer pain to other areas of the body. It may be hard to relate this pain to foot problems through physical examination. A more detailed analysis may be required.
A computerized gait and pressure analysis can identify misalignment in the foot structure and other foot abnormalities. It is done by placing a sensor in the shoe to evaluate how each person walks or runs, along with where and how much pressure they place on the feet. The 3-D results of this test are compared to ideal gait and pressure standards to identify any potential problems. A computerized analysis often reveals abnormalities that may not be visible through a simple physical examination. After performing this safe and simple test, your doctor can determine the best possible treatment option to correct your specific foot problems.