From the day I began studying Podiatry at university I have been asked the question, “What does a Podiatrist do? “
The average active person takes 7,500 steps a day in our modern society. If that daily average is maintained till you are 80, you will walk about 216,262,500 steps in your lifetime.
That means that an average person, with an average stride, will walk 177, 028 km which is equivalent to about 5 times around the earth on the equator. Imagine that in high heels!
As to “What does a Podiatrist do?” They help you keep walking so that your life can be lived to the fullest!
Conditions like heel pain, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, bunions, toe deformities, tendonitis, sprains and stress fractures, in-toeing, and any orthotic inserts. These are just some of the chronic conditions resulting from our modern lifestyle putting excess strain on our feet. Did you know that all this walking also affects your skin and nails resulting in ingrown nails, thick nails, fungal nails, blisters, corns, callouses, cracked heels, warts and chilblains?
My role is simple and I go where most other health professions fear to tread. I will diagnose and treat both common and rare skin and nail pathologies of the feet.
Unfortunately many elderly and disabled people do not have someone to adequately maintaining their feet which results in mobility issues and a loss of independence.
But it’s not just the older generation, younger people in modern society play sport, walk and work on hard surfaces. This results in many foot aliments that could be easily addressed with the right assessment and treatment.
If you want to be able to walk your 5 times around the earth without suffering from the pain of an ingrown toe nail, or fasciitis, then Podiatry is for you.
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References: Podiatry Association of Victoria.