Podiatric medicine is a branch of the medical sciences devoted to the study of human movement, with the medical care of the foot and ankle as its primary focus. A doctor of podiatric medicine is to the foot what a dentist is to the mouth or an ophthalmologist to the eye – a specialist who has undergone lengthy, thorough study to become uniquely well-qualified to treat a specific part of the body.
A podiatrist specialises in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of foot and lower limb disorders, diseases and injuries. The conditions podiatrists treat include those resulting from bone and joint disorders such as arthritis and soft-tissue and muscular pathologies, as well as neurological and circulatory disease. Podiatrists are also able to diagnose and treat skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrown toenails. Foot injuries and infections gained through sport or other activities are another key area of treatment.