What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is a branch of medicine committed to the study, treatment and management of foot and ankle disorders. The vastly complex anatomy of the human foot depends on a cooperative interaction between a flexible structure of bones, muscles, joints, soft tissue, arteries and nerves to facilitate a wide range of complex movements and maintain balance.
A podiatrist is a specialist devoted to the precise diagnosis and supportive management of foot and ankle ailments. While susceptible to gradual wear and acute injury, chronic diseases such as diabetes and arthritis can also affect the delicate tissues within the extremity. Conservative treatments, such as proper footwear, orthotics and hygienic maintenance, are a primary focus of management. However, some disorders may require more aggressive medicinal assistance and/or surgical intervention.