As we age, we put more miles on our feet. We tend to take our feet for granted until there's a problem. Promoting foot health among seniors in Atlanta is very important and podiatrists can help seniors with feet disorders, fungal toenails, corns, fungal infections and foot ulcers. Because seniors can suffer from corns, ankle, knee and leg disorders, orthopedic shoes can alleviate pain and discomfort. In addition, foot ulcers and ingrown toenails can wreak havoc for seniors. Daily foot care is imperative and with a proper regimen, seniors in Atlanta can walk, run or jump free of pain.

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Podiatry, podiatric medicine or chiropody is a field of healthcare devoted to the study and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and the knee, leg and hip (collectively known as the lower extremity). The range of disorders podiatry can address largely depends on the scope of practice laid down in national, state, and/or provincial jurisdiction. In the United States, podiatric medicine and surgery is practiced by a licensed Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.).

While the majority of podiatric physicians are in solo practice, there has been a movement toward larger group practices as well as the use of podiatrists in multi-specialty groups including orthopedic groups, treating diabetes or in multi-specialty orthopedic surgical groups.

Some podiatrists limit their practices to the non-hospital surgical treatment of patients. Because much work in podiatric medicine and surgery involves cutting of some kind, many procedures are considered surgical by insurance companies, including tasks such as the cutting of nails, removing of corns or callus, which the general public would not ordinarily consider to be surgery. These podiatrists use their skills in handling arthritic, diabetic, and other medical problems associated with the feet and lower extremities.

Some use devices fitted in shoes (orthotics) or modify the shoe itself to make walking better or easier. Some practices focus on sports medicine and treat many runners, dancers, soccer players, and other athletes.

This history of professional foot care is quite fascinating and dates back to 2400 BC.


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