Podiatry Advantages And Disadvantages

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Podiatry has no universal form of training or scope of profession. In my assignment I will compare the scope of professions within the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Netherland and Australasia, to the South African Scope of profession in Podiatric Medicine. It will include the training of podiatry within each country, and the current disorders seen by each podiatrist.

What is Podiatry?
According to the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), Podiatry is health care speciality. The aim is to improve the overall wellbeing of patients through examination, diagnosis and management of lower limb and foot disorders. Podiatry in also involved with preventative care as well as diagnosing systemic conditions
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According to this Act, Podiatrists can diagnose, manage and treat foot deformities and disorders.
The following treatments pertaining to Podiatrists would be:
Dermatological Conditions such as: Blisters, Eczema, Fissures, Hellomatae, Hyperhidrosis, Hyperkeratosis, Onychogryphosis, Onycoxis, Psoriasis, Seborrhoic dermatitis, skin tumors (lipomas, cycts) and Ulcerations.
Neurological Conditions such as: Dropped foot, Morton’s Neuroma, Neuropathies, Sciatica and Tunnel Syndrome of the Tarsal.
Metabolic Disorders such as: Diabetes Mellitus and Gout.
Infected Conditions such as: Bacterial infections, Fungal Infections and Verruca Pedis.
Musculoskeletal Conditions such as: Metatarsalgia, Ilio Tibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITBFS), Foot Strain, Myalgia, Femoral Antetorsion, Shin Splints, Fractures, Knock Knees, Pes Valgus, Pes Planus, Leg Length Discrepancy (LLD), Myalgia, Hallux Rigidus, Osteochondritis Dessicans, Tibial Impingement Syndrome, Femoral Antetorsion, In/Outtoeing Gait, Hallux Abducto Valgus (HAV) Genu Varum, Over Pronation, Ganglion, Charcot’s Foot, Patello-Femoral Syndrome, Bursitis, Arthritis, Ankle Equinus, Metatarsalgia, Calcaneal Spurs, Server’s Disease, Tendonitis, Fractures, Meniscal Cysts, Plantar fasciitis and toe or foot
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and all have the same outcomes. The universities have the same outcomes which would allow the graduate to practise the general scope of practise of Podiatry. An optional full time, one year Honours degree is offered to graduates if they make the criteria. The Honours Degree prepares a graduate for research and development careers in podiatry.
A Podiatric Surgeons’ scope of profession is further specialised as a post graduate qualification in Podiatric Surgery and Medicine. The three year full time degree is offered by The Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons. The degree broadens the scope of profession to practise the following surgeries: Pain in the heel; Trapped nerves; Arthritic joints; Trauma injuries such as dislocations or fractures; nail and skin disorders; structural disorders which include Pes Planus, Pes Cavus, Bone Spurs, Hallux Abducto-Valgus, Hammertoe; and Congenital disorders.
The scope of profession broadens for Podiatric Prescribers who have studied a postgraduate. This allows them prescribe and make use of medications approved by the Board in their

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