Podiatry is an essential healthcare service that helps people maintain mobility and quality of life by treating foot and ankle issues that can impact daily activities and overall health.
What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is an allied health field that specialises in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Podiatrists are highly trained health professionals who provide comprehensive care for individuals with foot and ankle problems.
Podiatrists have a broad knowledge base in areas such as anatomy, biomechanics, pharmacology and surgery as well as training in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle conditions. They use a variety of diagnostic tools and techniques to assess and evaluate the health and function of the foot and ankle including gait analyses and imaging referrals (X-rays and Ultrasounds).
Podiatrists assist with a wide range of conditions that affect the foot, ankle and lower leg. Some of the most common conditions that podiatrists can help with include:
- Ingrown toenails
- Fungal Nail infections
- Nail cutting, Corns and Calluses
- Footwear assessments
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Heel pain
- Diabetes assessments
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Foot and ankle injuries such as sprains, strains and fractures
In addition to treating these conditions, podiatrists also provide care for individuals with chronic conditions that affect the feet and legs, such as diabetes, arthritis, and peripheral artery disease. Podiatrists can also provide advice and education on proper foot care including appropriate footwear, exercises and lifestyle modifications to help prevent future foot problems.
Overall, podiatry is an essential healthcare service that helps people maintain mobility, independence and quality of life by treating foot and ankle conditions that can cause pain, discomfort and reduced function. By working closely with patients to understand their needs and develop personalised treatment plans, podiatrists help individuals of all ages achieve optimal foot and ankle health.
What are the benefits of Podiatry?
There are many benefits to seeking care from a podiatrist, including:
Podiatrists can provide treatment and advice for a wide range of lower limb conditions which can help alleviate pain and discomfort.
By addressing foot and ankle problems, podiatrists can help individuals maintain or improve their mobility, which can enhance the overall quality of life.
Prevention of complications
Some foot conditions such as diabetic foot ulcers can lead to serious complications if left untreated. Podiatrists can help prevent complications by providing early intervention and ongoing care.
Podiatrists provide personalised care that takes into account a person’s individual needs, goals and lifestyle. This can help ensure that treatment is effective and sustainable.
Education and advice
Podiatrists can provide advice and education on proper foot care, including footwear, exercises and lifestyle modifications.
Podiatrists can also work with other healthcare providers, such as general practitioners and physiotherapists to provide comprehensive care for complex foot and ankle conditions.
Overall, seeking care from a podiatrist can help individuals maintain healthy, pain-free feet and ankles, which can have a positive impact on overall health and quality of life.
Our approach to Podiatry
People should choose OnePoint Health Podiatry service for several reasons, including:
Podiatrists at OnePoint are highly trained medical professionals who specialise in treating foot and ankle conditions. This means they have a deep understanding of the anatomy, biomechanics and common issues that affect the feet and ankles.
Podiatrists at OnePoint provide comprehensive care for foot and ankle conditions which can include diagnosis, treatment and prevention. We use a range of diagnostic tools and treatments to provide personalised care for each patient.
Customised treatment plans
Podiatrists at OnePoint also develop individualised treatment plans that take into account a person’s unique needs, goals and lifestyle. This can help ensure that treatment is effective and sustainable.
Podiatrists offer advanced treatments, such as shockwave therapy, custom orthotics and minimally invasive surgery, that can provide effective relief for many foot and ankle conditions.
Coordination of care
Podiatrists can work with other healthcare providers such as general practitioners and physiotherapists to provide comprehensive care for complex foot and ankle conditions.
Many podiatry clinics offer flexible appointment times and locations, making it easy for people to access care when they need it.
Overall, people should choose OnePointHealth podiatry over others because of the specialised expertise, comprehensive care and customised treatment plans that podiatrists provide. By seeking care from a podiatrist at OnePointHealth, individuals can ensure that they receive the best possible care for their foot and ankle problems.