Feet are limbs that we often take for granted because they are too far from the head and usually hidden in shoes. Naturally, they get neglected and only get back into our minds when the situation gets bad such as when we get ingrown toenails, pain in the heels, ankles or arches, various fungi, issues with balance, or sprains. This is when we start thinking about seeing a podiatrist.
A podiatrist is a medical professional who specializes in a wide variety of issues and illnesses with legs and feet. They can also treat issues which are caused by underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. They are recognized by various funds such as Medicare, Private Health Funds, NDIS, and many others. However, there are many kinds of podiatrists depending on their areas of expertise such as sports podiatry, child podiatry, workplace health podiatry, biomechanical podiatry, and many more.
While a general podiatrist deals with general issues relating to the lower limbs and can advise you on how you can improve your foot health and what kind of shoes to wear, biomedical podiatrists are more specialized. They focus more on the interactions between the muscles, joints, and bones of the feet in order to pinpoint and treat the underlying reasons for the condition the patient suffers from instead of treating the symptoms only. For example, an ingrown toenail could be due to an incorrect posture which may be treated through the use of insoles instead of surgery. This is why your first visit to a biomechanical podiatrist starts with an assessment where the therapist measures the various angles of your bones and general posture in order to determine what you need to be doing to improve.
Feet and legs are considered complex human engineering structures due to the number of bones, joints, muscles, and ligaments which need to interact in order to provide us with a proper gait; therefore, a deeper understanding of these interactions and relationships is important when diagnosing the various conditions.
As with all medical issues, an early diagnosis could make a huge difference and could help the patient avoid further worsening of the condition. If you need to see our biomechanical podiatrist, make sure to book an appointment online here or give us a call on 02 8772 6377!