The definition of core podiatry was produced and a redesigned podiatry service proposed for the delivery of future core podiatry care. This includes increasing foot health promotion initiatives at both a local and national level and developing assistance to podiatrists in Singapore who could provide some of the core treatments. If you have any issues that involve the foot and or ankle—a sports injury, arthritis/joint pain, skin problems, etc. a visit to the podiatrist is your best bet. A podiatrist is a specialist who manages and treats almost all symptoms that involve the ankle and/or the foot.
To understand what these foot doctors in Singapore do, we have to delve into the details of their expertise.
A podiatrist is a trained clinical professional who completes a degree or master’s degree in the study of foot health and is trained to diagnose and treat lower limb health. While some podiatrists may feel that their credentials should speak for themselves, a good podiatrist would never take that approach. Instead, they patiently educate you about their process of treatment and your options. They begin with an initial consultation to establish the nature and depth of your problem and ask you questions. Only then will they provide you with sound medical advice based on their extensive experience and the latest research. They will patiently provide all the information you’ll need to make a wise choice about how to care for your feet and ankles. Podiatry adds to its knowledge through research, whilst having a monopoly in its field of work as well as autonomy in organising and defining its nature of work.
Advise the best course of action
The best and recommended podiatrists in Singapore explore all possible options before recommending surgery. If they do not, take notice. You may have found a doctor who pads his or her pocket by scheduling surgeries when another treatment works as well as or better. Regrettably, recommending surgery for simple foot pain or ulcers is a more common practice than you would think. We recommend gathering some facts about your condition and potential treatments before setting up an initial appointment. Have a list of questions ready for the podiatrist. You need to feel confident that they have your best interest at heart and will recommend the best possible choices to relieve your pain and suffering.
The role of a podiatrist
Podiatrists treat the various conditions afflicting the lower limbs. This can include nail problems, skin issues, musculoskeletal defects, neurological symptoms and more.
A podiatrist often treats nail problems, which are a result of trauma, infection or systemic disease. Thickened or deformed nails are often associated with damage through some skin conditions such as psoriasis can also result in a thickened nail plate. Fungal infections of the nails can lead to a deformed and thick nail, which is often discoloured whilst ingrown nails may also be associated with trauma or result from a curved nail and can cause extreme pain. Toenails are primarily to serve and protect the underlying toes, and any damage to the nail can result in injury to the toes and the underlying nail bed.
The majority of nail conditions are treated conservatively with cutting and filing, though some require more intensive treatments. Fungal nails often require the administration of a local or systemic antifungal medication to resolve the problem and ingrowing toenails, if severe, they may need surgical intervention. These treatments are in the scope of practice of the podiatrist, though some more simple treatments are now delegated to assistants.
A common role for a podiatry clinic is to treat manifestations of the skin. Keratinisation or thickening of the skin maintains the stratum corneum (a layer of the skin) as a protective cover and is a normal physiological process. It can be stimulated by trauma or pressure as seen in the hands of manual workers. If large amounts of pressure or trauma occur to the skin the process of keratinisation can be speeded up leading to hyperkeratosis or callus. Some diseases of the skin can also lead to the formation of hyperkeratotic lesions which will require medical debridement. Insole therapy can also be a suitable substitute for reduction of painful calluses. Other alternatives to scalpel reduction for the removal of painful corns include the application of different treatment modalities such as electrosurgery. It has been postulated that calluses are caused by increased pressure whether this is due to a tight shoe or a foot deformity, such as a bunion.
Podiatrists help cure foot problems
Delivering core podiatry services reduces the burden of care for other medical professionals by reducing the development of some foot problems. People requiring core podiatry treatment will be given information to allow them to make informed and active decisions whilst working in conjunction with a proactive foot health team to improve or preserve their foot health.
Once known as chiropody, podiatry has now evolved and though the two terms have different etymologies, the two terms are interchangeably used to represent the same scope of practice. Both revolve around the treatment of common foot problems such as corns, verrucae and nail problems to give relief, the treatment of complex underlying issues that lead to these foot problems and the provision of footwear and foot health advice. The overall aim is to alleviate pain by improving and preserving foot health in conjunction with providing advice to reduce the development of foot problems, encourage self-care where appropriate and provide reassurance. Core podiatry treatment has both a physical and emotional affect, thus benefiting the whole person.
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