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Podiatry is the medical science that studies the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of problems to do with the feet and their repercussions to the human body.
The Podiatrist is the professional that treats problems to do with the feet. His main aim is to prevent and treat the cause of the disease by reaching a correct diagnosis.
As in other medical sciences, a great deal of progress has been made as far as the quality and type of services provided in this area, where new means and methods are now available.
This evolution was also possible thanks to new technology in the methods of diagnosis and application of new treatments, making Podiatry highly specialized areas of medicine. Contrary to what some people think, mainly due to lack of information, podiatry is not related to simple aesthetic treatment of the feet.
The feet are the only part of the body that keep the human body in an upright position, with the help of the muscles.
Alterations to the feet can affect the dynamics of the whole body.
Feet are the base of support of the human body, they support the weight of the body and are subjected to enormous tension. In addition to supporting the weight of the body, the feet are subject to enormous wear throughout the day.
Podologists, in addition to dealing with all these problems, also rely on other medical specialties, which is the case with imageology and its complementary diagnostic facilities (X-rays, eco-doppler and MRI) and biophysics (force and pressure platforms).
These health professionals are also able to perform surgeries such as onicocryptosis (ingrown nails), helomas (calluses) and papilloma virus (warts).