Within the DAFHT, a registered chiropodist works to prevent and treat various foot disorders that may develop as a long-term complication of Diabetes or other conditions.
The role of the Chiropodist is to maintain and improve patient mobility, to alleviate foot pain, provide health education, and thereby improve one’s quality of life.
During the first visit, each patient will be assessed, a treatment plan put in place, and follow-up visits will be booked if necessary. Patients will receive education on the prevention of disorders and dysfunction of the foot.
Types of Patients Seen
Most often, patients that are referred to the Chiropodist are those that have:
Diabetes with some signs of foot complications or potentially high-risk foot-related concerns such as peripheral arterial disease, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout.
What to Expect
During the appointment, the Chiropodist will ask you questions about your general health and medications. The Chiropodist will perform a fully comprehensive examination of your feet, including skin, nails, nerves, blood vessels, joints, muscles, and footwear.
- The footwear that you use every day inside the house, outside of the house, and any footwear that you use during exercise.
- Any shoe inserts such as over the counter arch supports, cushion inserts, or custom-made orthotics that you possibly wear during the day.