Podology is a relatively young field of science. A podologist is a specialist who helps you care for the health of your feet through appropriate treatments. He/she also diagnoses and treats foot diseases.
A podologist treats various skin lesions and conditions, such as corns, callosities, warts or ulcerations, feet and nail mycosis, ingrown toenails, callous cuticle or cracked heels.
Congenital defects or deformities of the feet (e.g. bunions) may be an indication for a visit at a podologist’s office.
Usually, podology treatments are recommended for people with mobility limitations for whom caring for an appropriate hygiene of the lower extremities is problematic. Other indications for a visit at a podologist include rheumatoid arthritis, foot hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) or diabetes.
Appropriate care of the diabetic foot is very important. The diabetic foot syndrome is caused by insufficient blood flow to the feet with resulting decreased sensitivity to pain and difficult healing of wounds and ulcerations developing as a result of a progressing necrotic process. If you neglect this problem, amputation of the infected limb may be necessary.
Podological consultations are also recommended for athletes, physically active persons and women wearing high heel shoes every day.