So what is Podiatric Medicine? To what does the field of Podiatry pertain?
While the scope of practice in this field of medicine varies from state to state, Podiatrists or Foot and Ankle Specialists in Florida are licensed to do procedures on the foot, ankle and lower leg (below-the-knee). Many people equate Podiatry to feet and feet only! However, ankles and the lower leg are also part of our daily practice. The foot, ankle and lower leg is a rather extensive complex. With an enormous number of muscles, tendons, nerves, blood vessels, bones and ligaments - the pedal structure of the human is definitely a marvel!
Here are some foot, ankle and leg facts for you to jump all over:
In terms of foot health, your Podiatrist is well-versed in foot ailments that may mirror serious medical problems. The first sign of many systemic diseases may manifest in the feet such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, nerve disorders and circulatory problems.
During daily activities like standing, walking or even running - all ground forces are transferred from your foot --> ankle --> knee --> hip --> spine --> neck --> head. The slightest injury or pain in your foot is greatly amplified as it distributed through the rest of your body. Any misalignment in the foot and ankle off-balances the other joints in your body so it is extremely important to find the root cause so the rest of your body stays in sync!
Take the time to care for you feet, your entire body will thank you!
Come to Beverly Hills Foot and Ankle, P.A. to see how Dr. Krishnan can help you!
About the Author
Dr. Nisha Krishnan is the President of Beverly Hills Foot and Ankle, P.A. She specializes in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and offers a full-range of foot, ankle and lower leg services.