Gerard A Blane Podiatry

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What is Podiatry?

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Podiatry is a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of the foot, ankle, and lower limb. A podiatrist is a specialist who is qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Within the field of podiatry, practitioners can focus on many different specialty areas, including surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, care of the elderly, pediatrics, orthopedics , or primary care.

The scope of practice of podiatrists on registration after their degree in podiatry includes the use and supply of some prescription only medicines, injection therapy and non invasive surgery e.g. performing partial or total nail resection and removal, with chemical destruction of the tissues. Podiatrists complete close to 1,000 supervised clinical hours in the course of their training which enables them to recognise systemic disease as it manifests in the foot and will refer on to the appropriate health care professional.

Due to recent changes in legislation, common professional titles like 'chiropodist' and 'podiatrist' are now protected by law. Anyone who uses a protected title must register with the Health Professions Council (HPC). Such registration is normally only granted to those holding a specialised Bachelors degree or Diploma in podiatry from one of the 13 recognised schools of podiatry in the UK.

 

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