What is podiatry?
Podiatric medicine or podiatry is a field of medicine in which the problems related to foot and ankle or related parts of the leg are diagnosed and treated. A podiatrist is the doctor responsible for treating these issues. Also known as DPM, a podiatrist is a doctor with complete degree in medicine from a medical school.
What is podiatry used for?
Podiatry is to treat any problem related to the foot, ankle or the lower region of the leg. Problems in these parts of the body may be caused by any injury, old age, an infection or a number of other reasons. Podiatry has a lot of scope and offers various options for the patients. A podiatrist can perform surgeries, both reconstructive and microsurgeries. X-rays, ultrasounds, MRI, CT scan can be performed to have a better idea of the internal condition. They can also sedate the affected area and administer anaesthesia. Medications and drugs can also be prescribed by the podiatrist. Fractures, dislocated bones and joints or other injuries in the lower leg region can be treated through podiatry. Orthotics, casts, plasters, prosthetics etc. can be prescribed and fit by a podiatrist. Physical therapy can also be performed to help with recovery after the treatment procedure.
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