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What Does a Foot Doctor Do, Anyway?

May 25, 2008
Have you ever wondered who takes care of athletes when they go limping off the field? Or how the kid with the strange orthopedic shoes got them in the first place? These are the jobs of a foot doctor. Another name for foot doctor is podiatrist, and a podiatrist is who helps take care of the foot and ankle.

There are many conditions that might require you to see a podiatrist. Some of the conditions that you might need a podiatrist for include injuries, such as a broken or twisted ankle, as well as splinter removal and other foreign body removal. If you have ever burned your feet, you know that a podiatrist can also help find ways to soothe the wound and monitor you to make sure you are healing properly.

If you want to go into podiatry, you will learn about how to repair the ligaments and tendons, the connective tissue that hold bones together. You will also learn about diseases such as athletes foot and foot fungus.

Some of the things you will be able to do if you were to become a podiatrist include writing prescriptions and conducting tests such as xrays. You might also specialize in some sort of surgical procedure and help to conduct surgeries either in the office or at a hospital. You would also be able to provide first aid to patients who are having foot problems, such as bandaging and taping areas and applying medicine to the area.

Most people think of a podiatrist as someone who only treats feet, but that is not true. Podiatrists also treat ankles, the lower leg, and in some cases even the knee. When you include both feet, there are a total of 52 bones to consider, so even just working on the foot alone would be enough, but these doctors take care of the whole bottom half of the leg!

It is a difficult job, being a podiatrist, because there are so many reasons that someone may need your help and so many things that could go wrong with your foot or ankle. While there are lots of sports injuries, there is also an issue that diabetics have with poor circulation and it can affect their feet tremendously. A podiatrist can help them to maintain their foot health over the years.

If you are interested in learning more about what a podiatrist does, do a search on the web and see what amazing things they can do for your feet.
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