Podiatrists diagnose and treat disorders, diseases, and injuries of the foot and lower leg. A Podiatrists job may include treatment of ingrown toenails, bunions, heel spurs, arch problems, ankle and foot injuries, deformities and infections. A Podiatrist may refer patients to physicians for treatment of underlying conditions causing foot disorders.
Podiatrists use the following methods to treat their patients:
- prescription of drugs and medication
- develop physical therapy programs
- set fractures and breaks
- perform surgery
- fit corrective shoe inserts
- design plaster casts and strapping’s to correct deformities
- design custom-made shoes
- prescription of corrective foot wear
Podiatrists work with physicians, nurses, surgeons and other health care professionals to coordinate patient treatment.
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