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The Evolution Of A Chiropodist

History Of A Chiropodist The history of the chiropodist profession dates back to 1895 in New York with only a few colleges teaching podiatric medicine, but none of the colleges where from Texas. The early recoding meetings in Texas was in 1917 by the Texas Chiropodist Society. Podiatrist (from Greek podos, “foot” and iatros, “doctor”)  has very little recorded early history in Texas, due to the fact that doctors rarely treated feet.  Abraham Lincoln had his own chiropodist. Prior to the 1960’s the terms “chiropodist” and “chiropody” (from Greek chiros, “hand” + podos) because they treated both feet and hands. Today, the terms “podiatrist” and “podiatry” have spread to become the generally accepted terms in the field of medicine. Podiatrists / Chiropodist perform full treatments of the human feet and ankles through such modalities. These treatments may include full prescriptive authority, performance of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and relative anesthesia in office, clinical, hospital and surgical settings. There are currently 8 nationally accredited Colleges of Podiatric Medicine in the United States. All 8 colleges follow the standardized models of education and training set forth by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), the state component of which is the Texas Podiatric Medical Association (TPMA). Chiropodist or podiatrist? Chiropodist and podiatrist, deal with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limb and are qualified to treat people with arthritis, diabetes, nail surgery and sports injuries. Chiropodist and podiatrist work with older individuals to assist them in staying mobile and indepent, nevertheless they do work with patients of all ages. There is no difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist. Podiatrist is the term...

Does the Shoe Fit?

I have been volunteering at the homeless shelter in downtown Houston for 3-4 years; little did I suspect how this time would be so different. This past month I met and treated a young tall blonde haired, blue eyed 20-something-year-old named Nicole that came to the clinic. She looked normal, dressed in jean shorts and a tank top, but I saw she had no shoes on. Her feet were calloused with raw spots and cuts on the bottoms of her feet that were infected. She went on to tell me how she was from Florida and she lost custody of her two children who were now living with her ex-husband. She told me she was bipolar, has had trouble staying on her medications, and has abused drugs and alcohol. At this time she was really trying to clean herself up so she could get custody of her two children. She began to cry and told me the night before, she had been bullied and robbed by another homeless person. They stole her money, clothes and shoes. I wanted to take this girl home with me and give her a place to stay and sleep. I looked down at my feet and then to hers to see if I could give her my shoes, but her feet were about 2 sizes larger than mine.  I went and looked at our stash of shoes and saw that we were low so, the only pair I could find in her size where a man’s pair of shoes, which she was very thankful for. I treated her feet, gave her a new pair...

What is a Podiatric Surgeon

If you are wondering: ‘what is a podiatric surgeon?’ this post if for you. A podiatric surgeon is a type of surgeon specially trained to treat problems of the foot and ankle. Although these highly-specialized surgeons provide non-surgical treatment, as well as perform surgeries, if your physician referred you to a podiatric surgeon, you likely have an injury or condition needing surgical treatment. Types of Procedures a Podiatric Surgeon Performs The types of procedures performed by a podiatric surgeon can range from in-office procedures for removal of ingrown toenails to the minimally invasive endoscopic treatment of Morton’s neuroma, performed on an outpatient basis, to major foot surgery. The type of foot surgery you need depends on your condition and the foot specialist you see. Medical advancements have made it possible for podiatric surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures for many foot and ankle conditions today that in the past would have required a more extensive surgical procedure. Although more technically demanding, minimally invasive foot surgery offers a safer treatment option with less pain, minimal scarring, and faster recovery time. However, podiatric surgeons need specialized training and surgical equipment to perform some of these procedures. Find a Podiatric Surgeon Near You The foot doctors at Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas are highly skilled, trained, and experienced podiatric surgeons. Although they treat all types of foot and ankle injuries and conditions, the podiatric surgeons specialize in minimally invasive foot and ankle treatments, including non-surgical care and surgical procedures performed after making small incisions. Surgical treatments, including emergency surgeries, are done in onsite, fully credentialed, and expertly staffed state-of-the-art operating rooms at...

Endoscopic Foot Surgery: The Minimally Invasive Approach

Endoscopic foot surgery, the surgical treatment of choice at Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas, is a minimally invasive procedure, less traumatic for patients than traditional surgery. Because incisions are much smaller in an endoscopic foot surgery, the benefits include significantly less pain, a faster recovery period, less damage to surrounding tissues, and less scarring. Plus, surgeons can perform minimally invasive procedures on an outpatient basis, so hospitalization is generally not required. How Endoscopic Foot Surgery Works In an endoscopic procedure, the foot surgeon makes a small incision and inserts a tube with a tiny camera on it. Watching on a monitor, the surgeon can guide the scope to see inside the foot or ankle. If a problem needs correcting, the surgeon makes another small incision and inserts small, specialized surgical tools to correct the problem. For instance, in the endoscopic treatment of Morton’s neuroma, a condition in which a nerve in the foot becomes trapped or pinched, the surgeon makes two incisions, one for inserting the scope and one to release the entrapped nerve. Right after surgery, the patient can stand and bear full weight on the foot. In cases of endoscopic treatment of plantar fasciitis, the recovery period is a little longer. The patient generally waits three to five days before wearing comfortable shoes, rather than the one day with Morton’s neuroma treatment. However, the recovery time would be much longer after more invasive, traditional surgeries. Specially trained surgeons use endoscopic surgery in the treatment of a range of foot conditions, including equinus (limited ankle joint movement) and tarsal tunnel syndrome, a foot condition like carpal tunnel syndrome...

Equinus Treatment at Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas

If you need equinus treatment, trust the highly trained, experienced, and skilled professionals at Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas to provide it. With a focus on minimally invasive techniques, the specialists help alleviate foot and ankle pain through advanced diagnosis and treatment. What Is Equinus? Equinus, the cause of many foot problems, is a condition in which dorsiflexion of the ankle joint is reduced, meaning your ability to move the top of your foot toward your leg is limited. In severe cases of equinus deformity, the foot bends downward and the patient is unable to walk, but in most cases the foot looks normal. However, because the foot is unable to bend upward as it should when walking, the condition can cause a strain or tear of the Achilles tendon or lead to various foot problems, including plantar fasciitis, neuromas, metatarsalgia, bunions, and hammertoes. What Causes Equinus? Equinus is often caused by tightness of the Achilles tendon or calf muscles. If diagnosed with Gastrocnemius Equinus, it means the tightening is in your gastrocnemius muscle. Some people are born with the tightness; others inherit the trait or develop it for various reasons. Wearing high-heeled shoes or a cast can cause it. An abnormal formation of bone, or an injury in which a fragment of broken bone blocks the ankle joint movement, can also cause equinus. If you have high arches, or one of your legs is shorter than the other, it could lead to equinus. Muscle spasms in the calf can also result in equinus, although it is not as common. Equinus Treatment Options Equinus treatment options will depend on...

Foot Pain Diagnosis – What is Causing Your Foot Pain?

If you are experiencing foot pain, diagnosis is the first step toward treatment and relief. A wide range of injuries and conditions can cause foot pain, but one thing is certain – pain is an indication that something is wrong. Don’t ignore it. Common Causes of Foot Pain According to the 2012 National Foot Health Assessment, 78 percent of adults have experienced foot pain or problems serious enough to interfere with their lives in one way or another. At the time of the study, conducted for the Institute for Preventive Foot Health, 54 percent of people interviewed were currently suffering with foot pain and 59 percent of them reported seeing a foot specialist for diagnosis and treatment. The most common ailment causing foot pain and problems is ankle sprain, followed by blisters, calluses, foot fatigue, cracked skin, and athlete’s foot. Ingrown toenails, swelling, plantar fasciitis, and corns are among other frequently reported foot ailments, with women reporting those conditions more than men. At Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas, we see common conditions such as tendonitis, nerve entrapment, and bone spurs causing heel pain, and conditions such as bunions, hammer toe, and metatarsalgia that cause forefoot pain. Conditions causing midfoot pain include bone spurs, arthritis, and Lisfranc sprain or fracture, and rearfoot pain is often due to conditions such as cavus foot, flat feet, bursitis, or equinus. Conditions causing chronic ankle pain range from Achilles tendonitis to tarsal tunnel syndrome. Foot and ankle pain is also often cause by trauma, including sports injuries. Common pediatric foot problems range from ingrown toenails and juvenile bunions to Sever’s Disease, a painful bone...
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