The World of Podiatry
Advances in podiatry have created a few distinct categories of practice styles. I describe them as follows:
“Flashy” podiatry: This is heavily weighted toward surgery and deals with foot reconstruction, trauma, and advanced limb salvage techniques.
“Sexy” podiatry: That might sound like an oxymoron, but this area of podiatry focuses on the cosmetic side of foot care.
“Nuts-and-bolts” variety: This includes treatment of basic foot problems that would otherwise slow the average person down.
My practice falls heavily into the “nuts-and-bolts” variety with a splash of “sexy”.
Common foot problems treated in my clinic include
- Chronic ingrown toenails
- Persistent foot rash and skin lesions
- Stubborn foot pain
- Worsening fungal nail infections
- Sore, swollen toes or foot joints
- Chronic foot instability
The daily grind
My work tasks involve a lot of toenail dust, but occasionally a patient comes in with a puzzle to solve. I am an inquisitive and logical person. As a result, I ask a lot of questions and listen for clues that will point to an answer in cases where a solution has perhaps otherwise been elusive.
Once a diagnosis has been found, my first inclination is to head toward the least complicated treatment option that will provide a satisfactory outcome. If that is unsuccessful, more complex or expensive treatments can always be pursued.
One of my personal strengths is that of teaching. I enjoy taking complicated information and presenting it in a way that is understandable to those without training in the medical field. Once a patient has that light-bulb moment of understanding the underlying problem, they are more likely to be an active participant in their foot health and outcomes improve. That’s always the goal.