What can a Podiatrist do?

I still sense the public, and at times the medical profession does not understand the role Podiatry plays in the health of our musculoskeletal system. Every day I am constantly involved in educating my patients, bringing new insights into the potential causes of their problems.

Your feet have such an important role to play in how the body works, it needs to be emphasised, as much as possible. In so much as the Dental industry has huge support from toothpaste and brush companies, Feet have not had as much exposure. The are a few opportunistic companies that attempt to help with the treatment of verrucae, and corns, but they do little to promote the profession and even less in educating the patient as to the cause of their problems.

Our lifestyles today involve so much sitting, ie: driving, watching TV, computers and desk jobs…these contribute to muscle imbalances and tightness, that can lead to many aches and pains all over the body. Tight muscles cause compensatory movements in the way the feet work, which then have a knock on effect to the rest of the body.

It’s amazing how loosening up muscles in the legs can have an influence on the lower back.
As a Podiatrist, we are trained to assess the function of the feet and legs, establishing the root cause of many of the aches and pains that you may have. Conditions like Plantar Fasciitis, Mortons Neuroma, Shin pain, Knee pain, Bunions, Sciatica…etc the list is endless…and if you are having treatment for these conditions, ask yourself, ‘has the cause been dealth with’. Because if not, the chances of re-occurance or the problem not resolving is high.

Treatment options depend on the individual case. Streching, Mobilisation, Home Physio, Marigold Therapy, Insoles and Orthotics are tools used in treating most conditions. I still sense the public, and at times the medical profession does not understand the role Podiatry plays in the health of our musculoskeletal system. Everyday I am constantly involved in educating my patients, bringing new insights into the potential causes of their problems.

Your feet have such an important role to play in how the body works, it needs to be emphasised, as much as possible. In so much as the Dental industry has huge support from toothpaste and brush companies, Feet have not had as much exposure. The are a few opportunistic companies that attempt to help with the treatment of verrucae, and corns, but they do little to promote the profession and even less in educating the patient as to the cause of their problems.

Our lifestyles today involve so much sitting, ie: driving, watching TV, computers and desk jobs…these contribute to muscle imbalances and tightness, that can lead to many aches and pains all over the body. Tight muscles cause compensatory movements in the way the feet work, which then have a knock on effect to the rest of the body.

It’s amazing how loosening up muscles in the legs can have an influence on the lower back.
As a Podiatrist, we are trained to assess the function of the feet and legs, establishing the root cause of many of the aches and pains that you may have. Conditions like Plantar Fasciitis, Mortons Neuroma, Shin pain, Knee pain, Bunions, Sciatica…etc the list is endless…and if you are having treatment for these conditions, ask yourself, ‘has the cause been dealth with’. Because if not, the chances of re-occurance or the problem not resolving is high.

Treatment options depend on the individual case. Streching, Mobilisation, Home Physio, Marigold Therapy, Insoles and Orthotics are tools used in treating most conditions.

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