FOOT & LOWER LEG CONDITIONS
Our feet are examples of complex human engineering.
With 52 bones (nearly a quarter of the total bones in our bodies) and an intricate network of joints, ligaments and muscles, this sophisticated machinery is designed to carry us on our journey through life, which, for the average person, will be over 128,000 kms – more than three times around the earth.
Podiatrists are health professionals specialising in foot care; they are trained to deal with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs.
In a lifetime, our feet can suffer enormous wear and tear including overuse, neglect, infection, injury and disease; however, podiatry can help to keep us on our feet for life.
Anyone who practices as a podiatrist in New Zealand must be registered with the Podiatrists Board and hold a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC).