Podiatrist: Bilqis Mahomedy


A podiatrist is a health care professional who plays an important role in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of foot and foot-related lower limb conditions.  The most common problems are corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, athletes foot, plantar warts, onychomycosis (fungal infections of the nails) as well as specific treatments available for diabetic patients.  With correct foot care, problems can be prevented.  Patients who suffer from diabetes often lose sensation in their feet, and may need the services of a podiatrist to treat corns, calluses, abscesses and to correctly cut and file-down patient’s nails, without causing further injury to the patient.  If you suffer from any of the above ailments, you need the services of a podiatrist!!!


Podiatrists play a big role in the care of the elderly, where treatment would include things like the correct debridement of corns and calluses; clipping and filing down of toenails; and the maintenance of good foot health.


Other ailments that are common, especially in children, are flatfoot, pigeon-toes, bow-legs, Knock knees and overlapping toes.  Children often have problems that may not be associated with pain and are therefore often overlooked – these problems need to be taken seriously.  Another aspect of podiatric care is sports related injuries.  Remember!!!! Not only professional athletes and active adults fall victim to sports injuries – children can be affected too!!!  The growing and developing child is often trained too hard by extremely enthusiastic sports-coaches-take your child seriously when he/she complains about pain in his feet!  If  you think that your child has one of the above disorders, early assessment and monitoring by a podiatrist may help prevent problems later in life.


Sports enthusiasts may need podiatric help, without them knocking it!  Common problems with sportsmen/woman include foot, knee, leg, hip, or lower back pain, arch and heel pain, Achilles tendonosis, shin splints, ITBFS and runner’s knee.  These injuries could be related to the athletes individual running style (blomechanics and gait) and can be caused by over training,  or incorrect training, incorrect shoe type, or even  a disease process.  A podiatrist can assist and advice the athlete with regards to their injuries and correct shoe type.  Some common problems can be treated or if possible, corrected by using specific in-shoe devices, e.g. orthotics or innersoles.  If an athlete injures him/herself, he/she should attend to it immediately, so as to facilitate the healing process.