Podiatry is a branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis and management of foot, ankle, and lower extremity conditions. This may include skin/toenail conditions, musculoskeletal conditions (affecting bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles) or biomechanical problems. (abnormalities in the normal movement patterns of the lower limb) The podiatrist is trained on the use of diagnostic tools such as musculoskeletal ultrasound, on the interpretation of diagnostic imaging, (x-rays, MRI, CT scans) as well as on biomechanical explorations (gait analysis, for example) and other clinical diagnostic tools. The scope of practice of the podiatrist range from conservative interventions of the conditions previously mentioned, to interventional approaches like injections or surgery.
Is It Normal To Have Foot Pain?
No, it is not. If you have foot pain, you should be seen by a podiatrist, an expert healthcare provider specializing in the foot and lower limb.
Everyone is likely to suffer from a foot or lower limb problem within their lifetime. The cause may be secondary to work-related activities, sport, lifestyle, improper footwear, chronic diseases such as diabetes or arthritis, excessive weight gain, overuse injuries or biomechanical inefficiencies. You may suffer from back or knee pain, this could be related to your foot mechanics and foot posture. It is a good idea to see a Podiatrist as soon as you notice a foot problem to prevent the problem and pain getting worse and which may lead to other pain within your body as you compensate for your foot pain.
What Are The Most Common Complaints Podiatrists See?
Who Will Benefit From Seeing A Podiatrist?
People of all ages, from babies to children, to young adult or elderly population with foot and ankle or lower limb conditions, can benefit from seeing a podiatrist.
What Credentials/ Training Matter When Choosing A Podiatrist?
A podiatrist must have a degree in Podiatry and hold a valid healthcare license for the local area and country in which they practice.
What Should I Bring To My Podiatry Appointment?
Do I Need Custom-made Orthotics?
Custom made orthotics could help in the management of your foot, hip, back or knee pain. Orthotics will not permanently change your anatomy or the alignment of your body. Orthotics are custom made to fit the foot of the patient and provide therapeutic value when worn in well-fitting footwear (our Podiatrist can check your shoe fit).
Orthotics at Emirates Integra are crafted using the latest technology according to individual patient-specific requirements and body configuration. Off-the-shelf orthotics will never have the same results as custom made orthotics but may be beneficial for minor conditions.
I Am Diabetic, But I Don’t Have A Foot Problem. Do I Really Need A Podiatry Check-up?
Yes! According to international diabetes guidelines and foot-risk categorization people with diabetes, even without an active foot problem should have their feet checked once a year to identify whether their foot is at risk from a diabetic foot ulcer. Remember prevention is better than cure.
I Have A Knee/hip/back Problem, And I Have Been Recommended To Visit The Podiatrist. Is This The Right Professional To Treat Me?
Yes! Your knee/hip/back problem could be related to or caused by a foot condition. Foot structure and/ or biomechanical problems can have a primary or secondary effect on the lower limb. Often an integrated healthcare approach is needed to treat these problems involving the expertise of Podiatry, Physiotherapy, Orthopedics or Chiropractor.
I Have An Ingrown Toenail, And I Have Been Recommended To Treat It With Home-made-remedies Such As Warm Salt Water, Will This Make It Better?
No, warm water may provide temporary relief; however, it will not treat the underlying cause of the problem which is a small piece of the nail growing into the skin thus causing an infection. Indications that your toe has become infected may be swelling, redness, pus, liquid and pain at the site of the ingrown nail. If you suffer from any of these symptoms you should see our Podiatrist immediately.
I Have A Painful Callouses/corn. Should I Go To A Podiatrist To Remove It?
Yes, not only to remove it but also to treat the underlying cause of the callous / corn to prevent it from recurring.
I Have A Bunion, Should I Treat It With Surgery?
Only if you have exhausted all conservative options such as change of footwear, orthotics, manual therapy or splinting and the pain is impacting your lifestyle. If you are not sure what the best treatment approach is for you to make an appointment with your Podiatrist so that they can assess your foot function and discuss the most appropriate treatment options for you.