Podiatry Specialties

Child Podiatry - Sports podiatry - Geriatric podiatry - Podiatry in pregnant women

Child Podiatry

Child podiatry is perhaps the branch in which podiatry can contribute most due to the high degree of correction achieved. A biomechanical assessment in children aged between 4 and 6 to detect possible pathologies guarantees a good development of their feet.

The most common pathologies that can be resolved from an early age are:

  • Flat feet.
  • Walking with feet inwards or outwards.
  • Tiptoe walking.
  • Toe deformities (mounted, misaligned…).
  • ‘X’ legs (Genu valgo).
  • Different length of the lower limbs.

It is also vital to highlight the importance of podiatry in children who play football, since they have a greater tendency to suffer certain pathologies.

Sports podiatry

Sports podiatry includes both prevention and diagnosis and treatment of injuries related to the ankle and foot of athletes or future athletes. In addition to treating the lower limb, appropriate footwear is also advised according to the type of activity and exercises to prepare the muscles.

In our Podiatry Unit, we not only treat foot and ankle injuries, but also we can prevent knee, hip or lumbar problems.

A rigorous study of the tread and movements of the lower limbs helps us understand the sporting gesture and improve performance, avoiding possible injuries and treating existing ones.

Geriatric podiatry

Senior citizens are the ones who need the most help from health professionals, since with their age the anatomy and biomechanics are deteriorated, becoming susceptible to a series of specific conditions on feet. They are changes that come with age and cannot be prevented, but can be improved, thus helping their quality of life and preventing them from being disabled in their day-to-day life.

Some of the conditions that are related to age are:

  • Thickened nails.
  • Ingrown toenails.
  • Diabetic foot ulcers.

Podiatry in pregnant women

Pregnancy triggers many different changes in a woman’s body. In a relatively short time, a lot of weight is increased causing swelling and pain due to the poor distribution of loads and the sum of pressure added to knees and feet.

Some of the most common problems in pregnant women are:

  • Excessive pronation (place your feet inwards more often).
  • Oedema (swelling).
  • Heel pain.
  • Existing pathologies, such as bunions, are also aggravated.

In Policlínica del Río-Hortega we advise you on how to improve oedemas and treat all other problems through the use of insoles and appropriate footwear, providing additional support and shock absorption, also slowing the appearance of other possible pathologies such as plantar fasciitis, increase of bunions or metatarsalgia (pain in the anterior area of the foot).

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