Podiatry is a branch of medicine concerned with the study of feet and foot disorders.
As a foot specialist, the role of a podiatrist is to prevent and treat all foot problems with podiatric care.
This branch of medicine is divided into two main areas:
The clinical examination is performed using a force platform (pressure sensors), which indicates foot position when walking and can explain certain lower limb pain.
Podiatrists specialise in treating children, teenagers, adults and the elderly as well as athletes.
In certain medical conditions, follow-up is essential for the following patients:
You may need to see a podiatrist for advice and treatment if you experience any of the following symptoms, including:
These baropodometric analyses are performed using a force platform as well as pressure insoles for an accurate analysis during the patient’s activity.
Podiatrists offer the following treatments:
Insoles or functional foot orthoses are used to treat foot, knee, hip and even back pain caused by poor posture, lower limb length discrepancy and repeated sprains. They can also be indicated in patients who have had surgery, such as bunion surgery, joint replacement surgery and ligament reconstruction surgery.
Health insurance cover depends on your medical condition and health insurance plan:
Our intimate care facilities allow podiatrists to work closely and quickly with other physicians in the clinic, especially orthopaedic surgeons. Patients also benefit from exclusive access to our network of specialists with direct multidisciplinary care.
The feet and ankles are complex structures and used constantly. This intensive use can therefore lead to problems over the years. You need to have a consultation with a podiatrist to check that your feet are healthy.
You may also need to see a podiatrist for a variety of conditions and symptoms, including: hyperkeratosis (corns, calluses), plantar warts or verrucas, bunions, ingrown toenails, foot perspiration, etc.
You should see a podiatrist for a check-up once a year. You may also need to see a podiatrist for the following conditions and symptoms: hyperkeratosis (corns, calluses), plantar warts or verrucas, bunions, ingrown toenails, foot perspiration, etc.
A medical pedicure is specialised medical foot care performed by a qualified podiatrist. Everyone should have at least two medical pedicures a year.
In addition, regular follow-up podiatric care, ranging from every four to six weeks, is essential for preventing painful injuries, sprains, corns and ingrown toenails at risk of becoming inflamed and infected.
People with feet and ankle problems may be unsure whether they should seek advice and treatment from a podiatrist or an orthopaedic shoemaker.
Podiatrists are foot specialists with professional medical knowledge. In contrast, an orthopaedic shoemaker is a technician who makes, repairs and maintains bespoke shoes, insoles and functional foot orthoses as well as special equipment and devices.
Orthopaedic surgeons are doctors who specialise in surgery on the musculoskeletal system, i.e., bones, joints, cartilage and ligaments.