Podiatry is the field of medicine that specializes in the care, diagnosis, and treatment of the feet. Formerly known as chiropody, modern podiatry covers the entire range of foot problems from a simple case of athlete's foot to sports injuries to long-term conditions caused by accidents and diseases. Using the most up-to-date practices and equipment, podiatrists, like other medical specialists, care for their patients both in an office setting and in hospitals. The diagnosis of foot problems can include visual inspections, x-rays, and other sophisticated testing tools. Treatment options may include prescription medicines, orthotics, physical therapy, and surgery.
Podiatry Sourcebook offers general information about the practice of podiatry; how to choose a podiatrist; a range of foot-related diseases, conditions, and injuries; what you can do to care for your feet; and where to find additional information.