Your Foot – Study, Health and Medicine
Pedis. It’s the scientific name for foot.
Aging can cause some changes in your feet. A well-rounded diet and proper foot exercise works wonders in keeping your feet healthy. Eat foods that have omega-3 fats can reduce the risk of foot problems. A simple step such as moisturizing your feet can help eliminate collapsed arch, loss of cushioning, and cracking of the skin.
The study that centers in the ailments and the treatments regarding foot and leg is called Podiatry. Podiatrists are foot doctors. You sometimes hear people call them chiropodists.
There are different divisions of podiatry. Some of these subspecialties include podiatric rheumatology, general podiatric physician, diabetic foot care, neuro-podiatrist, podopaediatrics, gerontology, percutaneous surgery, percutaneous surgery, even forensic podiatry and a lot more others.
What exactly does a podiatrist do and how can one become a podiatrist?
Podiatrists must complete a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree and a medical and surgical residency. In order for them to practice, podiatrists must be licensed.
These foot doctors deal with the prevention, rehabilitation, treatment and diagnosis of disorders of the feet and ankles. They also treat conditions that are bone and joint disorders, like soft tissue and muscular pathologies as well as arthritis, circulatory and neurological disease. They also treat nail disorders, calluses, corns and ingrown toenails. In fact, there was a famous advertisement and news about ingrown toenail treatment in Toronto that spread over Youtube once.
The median annual wage of podiatrists was $118,030 in May 2010. And there are only about 12,900 Podiatric jobs in 2010. One wonders how many are aware if one needs a podiatrist. You might want to check on your foot once in a while.