63% of people suffer
Benefits of Podiatry
Podiatrists are tertiary qualified and are the only health care professional whose total training focuses on the foot, ankle and related body systems. Our feet are made up of 52 bones and a network of muscles, joints and ligaments.
As a specialist in foot care, the podiatrist receives 4 years training in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of foot and ankle disorders. There are over 200 identified conditions that affect our feet.
Podiatrists care for people of all ages, treating any foot problem. The common disorders include bunions, heel pain / spurs, hammer toes, neuromas, ingrown toe nails, warts, corns and callous. Bone and joint disorders such as arthritis, soft-tissue and muscular pathologies as well as neurological and circulatory diseases are other conditions that can be treated. As well as assessing the foot function and correcting abnormal function with orthotics or footwear modifications.
An average person will walk approximately 128,000 km in a lifetime – that is equivalent to 3 times around the earth!
Research has shown in Australia 63% of people suffer foot pain, over two thirds of those, in the last 12 months. Yet only 2 out of every 5 people sought professional treatment of their problem.