What does a podiatrist do?
People are sometimes confused about what podiatry is and what conditions a podiatrist treats.
When podiatry first became a separate specialty it was called chiropody. It basically was nail and callus care and conservative therapy for aches and pains — and some shoe modifications.
Flash forward to 2016. Podiatric medicine has advanced to the point where the specialist is an essential component to any hospital staff wound care center and clinic. Foot care has become very important with the exponential rise in cases of diabetes and obesity that can cause many foot ailments.
The contemporary podiatrist performs medical histories and physicals provides conservative and surgical care of foot conditions and wound care prescribes medicine and refers to many other specialties.
A close relationship exists between the primary care physician vascular surgeons neurologists endocrinologists and the podiatrist due to the prevalence of diabetes.
— Dr. Bill