What does a podiatrist do?

The role of the podiatrist is to prevent or correct deformity and maintain normal mobility and function in the feet and lower limbs.

Podiatrists provide the basis for the ideal walking style and posture and identify any medical or surgical condition that may require further referral and management.

They also relieve pain, treat infections and skin, nail, soft tissue and connective tissue problems. This is done in conjunction with other members of the multi-disciplinary health care team.

Podiatrists can also give expert advice on footwear, so it is a good idea to take your walking  shoes with you when you go to see your podiatrist.