DR. JOHN A. HARDY SHARES WHAT IS A CHIROPODIST?
posted: Sep 08, 2016.
What is a Chiropodist?
Marrying the mechanical complexity and precision of a Swiss watch with the structural strength of a cantilever bridge, the human foot is a bioengineering masterpiece. It is a complex marvel of 26 bones (one-quarter of all the bones in the human body), 33 joints and more than 100 ligaments and tendons, all linked and served by a vast network of nerves, muscles, blood vessels, soft tissue and skin, working in unison to provide the support, strength, flexibility and resiliency needed for things most of us take for granted, such as balance, walking, running and jumping. The chiropodist is an authority of this wonder of nature.
A chiropodist is a foot specialist educated, trained, licensed, and certified for treatment of the foot and ankle.
In order to receive their licence, chiropodists must successfully undergo a lengthy, rigorous course of education, training and testing in such diverse areas as biomechanics, orthopedics, radiography, pharmacology, sports medicine, dermatology and surgery.
Although wondrous in design and function, the human foot can also be struck by numerous ailments, some of which are life-threatening. Additionally, many disorders first manifest themselves in the foot.
Chiropodists are often the first healthcare professionals to detect these disorders.
Chiropodists also play a critical role in the care, treatment and management of the diabetic, elderly and circulation-impaired. The detection, intervention and treatment by chiropodists may save patients from amputation, restore mobility or prevent other serious, more costly problems, by early detection and appropriate treatment.
For those looking for competent, honest high quality advice, foot care and custom orthotics, look no further than our Toronto foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.
Brought to you by Dr. John A. Hardy, owner of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.