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Who Is Podiatrist Or Chiropody?
A chiropodist or podiatrist
is a specialized foot doctor who treats people suffering from lower
limb or common foot problems such as bunions and ingrown toenails.
Although many people get confused in understanding the difference
between a chiropodist and a podiatrist, to be honest,
there is no difference between the two.
This is because podiatry is the
new name given to chiropody in 1993. Both are considered as foot
doctors in the UK and Ireland and both have acquired the same
qualifications and experience.
Be it a podiatrist or a chiropodist the role of these foot doctors is
to advise you and your family on how to take care of your feet and the
type of shoes that you need to wear.
Podiatrists and chiropodists can
also treat and alleviate day-to-day foot problems such as fungal or
They can also treat calluses and corns, verrucas,
smelly feet, cracked heels and athlete’s foot. Podiatrists and
chiropodists can also help to ease the pain of people who have diabetic
foot ulcers and diabetic foot.
What Foot Problems Do Podiatrists Or Chiropody Solve
Podiatrists and chiropodists treat many types of foot conditions, including the following:
- Abnormal gait (walking pattern)
- Pain in the feet, ankles, hips, knees, lower back, and legs
Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
Foot complications due to diabetes
- Hammer toes and claw toes
- Heel Spurs
- High arches
Osgood Schlatter’s disease
Posterior tibial tendinitis
Some podiatrists are licensed to perform surgery and may be known as podiatric surgeons. However, surgery is typically a last resort.
podiatrists and chiropodists emphasize prevention as the best form of
medicine and encourage patients to address foot pain by caring for their
feet, wearing proper footwear, and using orthotic inserts.
and chiropodists know that foot pain is often caused by wearing shoes
that don’t fit properly or don’t provide necessary support. Choosing
shoes that do not have high heels but do give the foot stability and
support is an important step toward preventing foot pain.
How Does A Chiropodist Or Podiatrist Treat You?
can visit a chiropodist and podiatrist clinic if you are suffering from
any kind of minor or serious foot issues.
They can also clip your
toenails if you have fungal or nail infection and give you professional
advice on the best ways in which you can take care of your feet
properly. Moreover, they can help you by professionally removing
calluses and hard skin from your feet.
professional advice regarding wearing any specific shoes or orthotic
inserts to help you with your condition can also be availed by them. A
chiropodist or podiatrist can provide you with a customized
support that is suitable for your feet in case your feet are flat or
there are high arches in your feet; so that you feel more comfortable in
Orthotics are custom-made insoles that are used to minimize
the symptoms that result from biomechanical problems. These insoles are
used to control immoderate pronation.
Fallen arches and flat feet can
be dealt with these.
Chiropodists or podiatrists emphasis on prevention instead of surgery. Therefore, they insist the patients take care of their feet. Most common suggestions given are wearing footwear that is
most comfortable and supporting to the feet and using orthotic inserts.
Podiatrists or chiropodists also deal with biomechanics by treating
problems. These are the problems that arise from the way your muscles
function and joints are aligned. So, if you are having any such symptoms
then it is highly recommended that you visit a chiropody and podiatry
If the condition is not controlled then the pain because of the
poor alignment will affect not only the knees but lower back and hips as
What Solution Does Podiatrist Or Chiropody Suggest?
entire weight of your body is put on your feet, so it's important that
you take good care of them. A podiatrist is there to help and assist you
in all aspects of foot health.
A Podiatrist and Chiropodist can refer
you to physical therapy for ongoing treatment. Your Podiatrist may
recommend a foot orthotic to assist your foot problems.
The Podiatrist treatment for plantar fasciitis as well as the Podiatrist treatment for flat feet involves insoles pronation. But the counter insoles are not very effective and durable; therefore the custom insoles are endorsed.
How Orthotics Is Replacing Podiatrists Or Chiropody
Podiatry or chiropody involves a specialized treatment of disorders of the lower limbs, usually below the knee. This may require the provision of in-shoe Orthotic devices.
field of Orthotics is very similar to Podiatry.
encompasses the whole of the musculoskeletal system and is aimed at
providing a wide variety of externally applied Orthotic devices which
will prevent or correct deformity and promote function. These range from
relatively simple to extremely complex devices.
There are several
benefits of wearing orthotics for foot pain and related disorders. On
the first fold,
foot orthotics help secure proper positioning for foot, ankle, and knee
bones. They also ensure optimal balance and flexibility, while
drastically improving ankle motion range.
On the second fold,
orthotics and insoles help keep the ligaments and muscles aligned,
which relieves stress and tension in the hips and legs. This also helps
prevent injuries and aggravation, while eliminating unnecessary
stretching during exercise and everyday chores.
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Foot orthotics are also designed to decrease muscle fatigue. This helps increase vital energy levels
while securing optimal and efficient muscle performance. Due to
countless biomechanical issues stemming from plastic deformation, the
connective tissues within the feet tend to experience constant and
Over time, the tissues may even stretch, resulting in
sporadic to excruciating pain and discomfort. This also results in
greater bone instability, which is the direct cause of fallen arches,
over-pronation and several other foot problems and disorders.
tackle these issues by absorbing tension within the feet. This helps
prevent transmission of pain up the knees, hips, and legs, which
strongly resemble sciatic nerve issues.
Since the Orthotics have a more sustainable and wider range of solutions, they are rapidly replacing podiatry and chiropody.
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