By Tom Kolesnik (B.Pod)
So what is a Podiatrist? Have you ever wondered how an entire health profession could be dedicated looking after just feet? You might be surprised by how much a Podiatrist can help you.
Traditionally, Podiatrists (or Chiropodists in the old language), were and still are known for cutting hard to reach or deformed toenails, removing corns, ingrown toenails and warts, and generally maintaining healthy feet.
And yes, we do this, but this is just “scratching the surface” as to the scope of what podiatrists can offer.
For example, a routine corn can be an indicator of pressure overload, and could actually reveal bigger concerns such as muscle imbalances, joint instability or mobility problems, and other mechanical issues within the body. Basically, that corn assessed properly could save you from needing a new hip joint!
Podiatrists help with choosing the right shoes to ensure suitability, improving joint mobility through foot mobilisation, taping and strapping of sore feet and weak unstable ankles. Various paddings, insoles, modifications and orthotics inside footwear can help to stabilise your posture, and assist to strengthen the foundation of your body.
Unstable feet can result in aching feet, heel pain, shin pain, unstable ankles, knee pain, hip soreness and even back pain. It’s important to get your posture right from the ground up.
We ask a lot of our feet. It’s only appropriate that we look after them!
Podiatrists at Posture Podiatry also have a particular interest in manual therapies – using hands on treatment to mobilise the 33 joints of each foot and using advanced massage and dry needling techniques (yes, podiatrists use acupuncture needles!) to release muscle tension.
It’s very effective in the treatment of foot pain, or recovery from an old injury that doesn’t go away.
The forces on the feet from the ground below them to the body above them need to be fully addressed to get effective relief that is long lasting.
That’s why podiatrists also work with health professionals such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, osteopaths, naturopaths, exercise physiologists and shoe stores for a holistic approach. After all, feet play an important role in life!
Read more in this blog about what podiatrists can do!
• Footwear advice
• Orthotic therapy
• Paediatrics (treating foot and ankle issues in children)
• Dry needling
• Shock wave Therapy
• Gait analysis/Postural assessment
• Nail surgery for those recurring ingrown toenails
• Wart treatment
• Routine foot and nail care
Have you been surprised by what a Podiatrist can offer? Please comment below with your story!