A brief history.
Podiatrists and the profession of podiatry date back to the ancient Egyptian days, issues relating to the ankles, lower legs, or feet have been shown in drawings and scripts.
Records show that Hippocrates had seen and described the physical hardening of certain areas on the feet and hands and decided to implement a way in which to remove the excess skin, essentially he invented what was known as ‘skin scrapers’ which historians believe were the first scalpels.
Take a quick minute to read a bit more about the topic here and how the word has grown and evolved over the years, its rich history, and the various procedures that were practiced.
To be certified and qualified as a podiatrist a minimum of 2 years tertiary education is required, extending this course a further two years to specialize and become a ‘podiatrist surgeon.’ Once completed, a final 3 years of residential practical training is needed to put to practice what has been learned. Finally, they choose the medical board, association, and country where they want to be registered.
Choose the doctor for you.
It is always a tricky dilemma knowing who to book a consultation with and eventually a surgical appointment if need be without having some hesitations, even more so if you have recently relocated, don’t know the area or medical centers and it can become overwhelming.
Taking the time to write down a few key factors to consider as well as the features you ideally want from a physician will help make the choice that much easier. Having spoken to a few people we have narrowed down the top priorities people consider necessary to register with a specific practice.
5 foundational features when choosing a podiatrist.
Experience. A doctor who has been practicing his profession for several years would more than likely effectively alleviate your pain and treat your problems far better than say a newly graduated student looking to gain real-world working experience. I am all about helping a newly qualified student but if they are being supervised.
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Convenience. This is a big element, besides the cost of the procedures which may add up if further treatments are needed down the line, you want a clinic within a reasonable driving distance in case of emergencies or last-minute cancellations opening up an appointment space for you. Operating hours should be considered too.
Specialization. Like with all professions it is difficult to find a physician who has been trained in all areas of every problem. Thus either finding a podiatrist who has specifically studied in the field of your troubled area and who can treat the precise problem area or issue, or a clinic where multiple expertise collaborates to offer the best all-round treatment and procedures.
Referrals. Using the same doctor or medic as a friend or family member is a great way to find out about the service you will receive, the costs involved, and how they found the process and treatment procedures from start to finish. You will have peace of mind knowing you are in good hands with recommendations to stand by.
Comfort. The last thing you want is to ensure you feel relaxed when asking and answering questions with the foot doctor if you are uncomfortable or anxious the follow-up procedures could turn out to be a nightmare. A good doctor will make you feel welcomed, at home, and at ease to explain the finer details of your underlying problems.
To feel confident in your decision take a few moments to jot down a couple of key factors that can make all the difference, find a highly recommended podiatrist Bondi and take the next step in the right direction for a better you.
When to see a podiatrist.
The more common or ‘visible’ reasons to book an appointment to see your podiatrist tend to be, but not limited to, bunions, flat-feet, or ankle positioning. These are often painful problems that only worsen over time and if left untreated could cause irreparable deformities.
Surgeries or day procedures are available to treat issues or ailments and are recommended if the podiatrist feels it would significantly increase the person’s quality of life.
Some people struggle with cutting their toe-nails, another service offered by podiatrists, the nails may also be discolored or thickened, and having them seen to by a professional can help you manage a personalized foot care treatment.
A foot doctor is also available for skin conditions such as verrucas or warts on the feet and lower leg, cracked heels or skin is not as severe as an issue but seen to nonetheless.
You may think you have wonderful feet, and you may well do, a single podiatry session can make all the difference and solidify your claims to beautiful toes and feet.
These are specialized, and in most cases, personalized shoe inserts to help alleviate pain while rectifying the movement and position of your foot and ankle as you walk. They aim to provide support in the correct place in the arches and have a less bendable or flexible core to ensure its maximum support capabilities.
When shopping for inserts the main deciding factor comes down to budget, the insoles can range from off the shelf versions up to around $75, to personalized or ‘custom’ pads that are molded to the shape of your foot with an adjustment to correct the alignment, depending on your insurance these can cost as much or as little as $1500.
The decision should also be based on the severity of your feet, is it more of a day procedure coming in and out, or a 3-day hospital stay for surgery. Speaking to your podiatrist he will give you the best advice suited to your situation and together you can think about how to move forward with treatment.
Trusting your foot specialist will only benefit you in the long run, can you say ‘hello summer sandals?’