Podiatry is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the feet and legs. Many people are aware of the basic foot care procedures offered by chiropodists and podiatrists, such as the routine trimming of toenails and the removal of corns and calluses.
However podiatrists are also qualified to provide medical treatments for conditions such as nail infection and diabetic foot problems, physical therapy devices and orthotics for the relief of pain, injury, or structural abnormalities, and surgical procedures for conditions such as ingrown toenails and verrucae.
Foot problems not only cause local pain or discomfort, but can also alter the way we walk and stand, leading to all sorts of other problems, such as leg cramps, knee pain, poor posture and backache. Seventy five percent of Irish people will experience foot problems at some time in their lives, but the vast majority of these can be effectively prevented or treated by chiropody and podiatry.
Podiatric medicine is not only suitable for adults with acquired foot problems, but also for children with inherited abnormalities or simply to ensure healthy feet and correct foot and ankle alignment at any age.
For more information or to make an appointment, please contact Robert Sullivan at his main clinic in Midleton on 021 462 1044.