Medical Podiatrist: Diagnoses and treats diseases and deformities of the human foot. Determines diagnosis for foot ailments, such as tumors, ulcers, fractures, skin or nail diseases, and congenital or acquired deformities, utilizing diagnostic aids, such as urinalysis, blood tests, and x-ray analysis. Prescribes drugs. Doctors and treats deformities, such as flat or weak feet and foot imbalance, by mechanical and electrical methods such as whirlpool or paraffin baths and short wave and low voltage currents. Treats conditions, such as corns, calluses, ingrown nails, tumors, shortened tendons, bunions, cysts, and abscesses by surgical methods, including suturing, medications, and administration of local anesthetics. Does not perform foot amputations. Corrects deformities by means of plaster casts and strappings. Makes and fits prosthetic appliances. Prescribes corrective footwear. Advises patients concerning continued treatment of disorders and proper foot care to prevent recurrence. Refers patients to physician when symptoms observed in feet and legs indicate systemic disorders, such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, or kidney trouble. May specialize in the treatment of bone, muscle, and joint disorders. May specialize in the treatment of children's' foot diseases. May specialize in surgical procedures. In cases where there is a specific field of specialization, may be designated accordingly. [-] Less
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