Podiatry

 Podiatry

Podiatry

Definition

The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the human foot, also called chiropody.

Career description

Podiatrists carry out the following tasks:

  • Assess the condition of a patient’s feet, ankles, or lower legs by reviewing his or her medical history, listening to the patient’s concerns, and performing a physical examination;
  • Diagnose foot, ankle, and lower-leg problems through physical exams, x rays, medical laboratory tests, and other methods;
  • Provide treatment for foot, ankle, and lower leg ailments, such as prescribing special shoe inserts (orthotics) to improve a patient’s mobility;
  • Perform foot and ankle surgeries, such as removing bone spurs and correcting foot and ankle deformities;
  • Give advice and instruction on foot and ankle care and on general wellness techniques.Jobs directly related to the qualification
  • http://www.truity.com/career-profile/podiatrist
  • Podiatrist
  • Social Services Manager
  • Surgical Podiatrist
  • Physicians

Websites

http://www.podiatrist.co.za/

 

People/Organisation

http://www.iocp.org.uk/

 

Books

Normal and Abnormal Function of the Foot: Clinical Biomechanics by Merton Root, William Orien, John Weed

Fixing your Feet: Injury Prevention and Treatments for Athletes by John Vonhof

Bursary opportunities

Bob Blundell Memorial Scholarship, Department of Health KZN/, HCI Foundation, NYDA, CETA


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