Podiatrists look after the health of people's feet by diagnosing, treating and preventing foot abnormalities, and educating the public about good foot health.
Podiatrists may perform the following tasks:
- examine patients' feet to diagnose any disorders or infections and decide on an appropriate treatment
- give advice about foot health and the prevention of foot disorders
- treat deformities such as flat feet and foot imbalance by using corrective devices such as orthoses
- work with patients suffering from diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral vascular disorders and other neuropathies
- perform surgical procedures on feet
- treat abnormalities of bones, joints, skin and nails such as bunions, toe deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, warts and other infections
- recommend footwear for specific foot conditions
- prescribe orthotic devices for protection and correction of a wide range of foot and leg irregularities.
Podiatrists may develop a special interest in dealing with particular client groups, such as children, the aged or sportspeople. They may also work in a particular area, such as occupational health, or with general medical conditions that result in foot and leg problems.
- desire to work with people on a one-on-one basis
- independent and highly motivated
- interest in health care
- good communication skills
- good with hands.
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