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What does a Podiatrist Do?

The foot doctor
What does a podiatrist do  
A podiatrist is an allied health professional who can diagnose and treat a range of conditions of the foot and lower leg. This can include soft tissue pain like muscle, ligament or tendon injuries; joint pain andswelling and bone pain.  The skill of a specialised musculoskeletal podiatrist lies in the identification and understanding of the mechanism of injury thereby being able to formulate an appropriate treatment strategy to get you back to function.

The foot plays a significant role in our day to day function. It has to effectively accept the load of the body, which varies with activity and move us from one point to another without us falling over.
The foot has to be flexible enough to adapt to changes in the surface environment yet stiff enough to propel us onto the next step. It has to do all of this without us even being aware of it. 

The foot is taken for granted but appreciated usually only when injured. Below are some of the common foot injuries:

Common Foot Conditions

Rearfoot:

Achilles Pain (Achilles Tendinopathy)

Arch Collapse (Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy/ dysfunction)

Peroneal Tendinopathy

Outer Ankle Ligament disruption

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Heel pain

                        Plantar Fasciitis

                        Bruised Heel Syndrome

Subtalar joint arthritis

            Ankle Joint injury / pain      

Midfoot: 

            Midfoot degeneration and pain

            Stress Fractures

            Stress Injuries

           

Forefoot: 

            Metatarsal Stress Injuries

            Mortons Neuromas

            Bunions

            Ridgid Big Toes

            Toe Deformities

            Pain in the ball of the foot (metatarsalgia)