Podiatry is the "non-medical medicine at the foot". Training also includes subjects such as anatomy, microbiology and diabetes mellitus. Since January 2002, the professional title "podiatrist / podiatry" has been protected by law and may only be administered by persons who have completed the required two-year specialist training as a state-certified podiatrist. So far, that's about 3, 000 in Germany. For others who have worked in medical foot care for at least five years, there is a transitional arrangement. The podiatrist is one of the health professions.
Procedure of foot treatment
A podiatric treatment usually begins with a relaxing foot bath, then the podiatrist carefully examines the feet. After having a picture of the overall condition of the feet, he specifically searches for inflammations, ulcers, open wounds, bruises, blisters, warts, cornea, corns or ingrown toe nails, which he treats with special tools, if necessary.
Even fungus, which in some cases is hardly distinguishable from dry skin, does not escape his expert eye. Shoes and existing insoles are also inspected. In addition, it provides useful tips for daily home foot care. A professional podiatric treatment that includes individual consultation, foot inspection and care takes about 40 minutes. A podiatric complex treatment, which is usually necessary in diabetics, takes place in consultation with the treating physician at regular intervals three to four times within six weeks and takes 40 to 50 minutes.
In addition to the patients, who are sent by the doctor - mostly by diabetologists, dermatologists or orthopedists - also take care of people with short-term problems medical pedicure. Corneas or corns must then be removed, bruises and blisters supplied or a foot fungus treated.
Incidentally, diabetics are particularly prone to fungal infections and other infections, because after a long period of diabetes often the function of the sweat glands is impaired. Without sweating, there is overheating, the skin dries up and becomes more susceptible to injury and infestation by fungi and other pathogens.
Even people who simply value healthy feet and want to provide them, can visit the podiatrist. He can also give tips for careful foot care at home. A treatment with the podiatrist costs, depending on duration and effort, between 22 and 26 euros.
However, these costs are only covered by the health insurance if there is a medical necessity, for example a diabetic foot syndrome, and a corresponding prescription by the doctor. Nevertheless, who as a healthy on his feet and keeps them healthy, does his whole body something good.