Podiatrist Adelaide or podiatry is an area of medicine explicitly devoted to the field of foot and ankle that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and general education of disorders of the feet, ankles, and lower limb. The foot and ankle are made up of the three bones in the lower leg — the tibia, fibula, and talus; the upper leg includes the gluteal muscles; and the nerves that connect the various parts of the body and the brain. The skin is the covering for the bones and tissues of the body, and the cartilage is the flexible membrane that cushions the shock to the bones when they make contact with objects. Skin problems and diseases are the most common issues treated by podiatrists. This includes rotator cuff injuries, fractures of the bone, which may also involve the spinal cord, nerve root problems, disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system, issues with the gastrointestinal tract and other internal organs, problems affecting the kidneys, urinary tract, reproductive organs, hormonal disorders, pain, stress, anxiety, and emotional disorders.
A podiatrist can specialise in a particular field of medicine. Typical areas of specialisation include orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, neurology, cardiology, dermatology, orthodontics, urology, and professional sports medicine. Most doctors receive a bachelor’s degree in podiatry at approximately the age of twenty-one, although some specialists begin acquiring their skills much later.
A licensed podiatrist Adelaide completes a four-year residency in the field of medicine before they become certified. During this time, the future doctor is taught the basics of providing diagnosis, patient care, procedures related to specific disorders, and the necessary information about podiatry and related structures.
During the residency, the podiatrist will meet with a panel of physicians, including the physician overseeing the podiatrist’s education, family and friends, the general practitioner, and others who will review the resident’s progress and recommend additional supervision. The resident will also work under the direction of an experienced podiatrist during the residency. The two most common tasks a podiatrist performs during residency are performing physical examinations on patients and performing therapeutic procedures on these same patients. The podiatrist must also complete a specific number of time devoted to a clinical study to pass the podiatry board certification exam.
In addition to gaining clinical experience, a podiatrist may need to complete a certain number of years of schooling. A doctor who wishes to specialise in orthopedic surgery or sports medicine may need to take four years or more in school before becoming a podiatrist. For students interested in becoming podiatrists, many colleges and universities offer a Podiatrist Adelaide Masters program and an Associate’s degree in podiatry. Some schools require that the student have already completed an undergraduate degree before applying; others require that they have completed an associate’s degree. The average time it takes for someone with an undergraduate degree to earn a Podiatrist Masters degree is three years. In comparison, it may take as long as six years for someone with an undergraduate degree to enter a Bachelor’s program.