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What is Podiatry?

A dictionary says that Podiatry is a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower extremity (leg).

Basically Podiatry is a medical course that involves the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and leg – though in the medical world, Podiatry is considered as supplementary to medicine – thus if a podiatrist suspects anything, s/he has to refer back to the GP for further medical tests. truth be known, a podiatrist is a crucial player in the team of medical professionals for the health and wellbeing of the patient.

Podiatry course is a full-time course at a recognised college of podiatry and can last up to 4 years – covering topics such as anatomy, physiology, medicine, Diabetes, Arthritis, Biomechanics, Gait Assessment, Podopaedatrics, microbiology, pharmacology – to name a few, alongside practical and theoretical podiatry skills. on leaving the course the podiatrist is highly specialised on all foot related disorders

 

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