Podiatry is a constantly evolving profession. The extensive training given over the 3-year degree course, and the continuing education after graduation, enables Podiatrists to treat a vast array of foot and lower limb problems.
Patients with Diabetes benefit greatly from regular foot care and advice, and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (www.nice.org.uk) recommends annual foot checks for all Diabetics.
Podiatrists are fully equipped to provide vascular and neurological assessment to look at the circulation and nerves to the feet; examine foot shape and footwear fit; deliver foot health education; and work closely with other medical practitioners in the provision of multidisciplinary team delivery of healthcare. They can also treat pathologies to prevent pain and enhance mobility/independence.