Podiatrists diagnose and treat injuries as well as foot complications from chronic diseases such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis or gout. They study how bones, nerves, and muscles work together to help you move – which is known as biomechanics. Podiatrists can recognize initial symptoms of arthritis, diabetes, nerve, and circulatory disorders in the feet. Common foot conditions seen and treated may include, but are not limited to, broken bones, corns, calluses, toenail conditions, bunions, arch disorders and toe or joint deformities.
An undergraduate university bachelor degree is a prerequisite to podiatric medical school similar to other medical professions such as medicine or dentistry. Podiatric medical school is a 4 year curriculum. Podiatric medicine graduates then complete a hospital-based residency training program prior to entering practice.
Podiatrists in British Columbia can perform surgery, reset broken bones, prescribe medications, and order lab tests or X-rays. They often work closely with other specialists when a problem affects your feet or lower legs. In British Columbia podiatrists are licensed by and regulated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. Movement is vital to maintaining good health and enjoying an active lifestyle, but neither can be achieved without good foot health.