Diagnoses and treats diseases and deformities of the human foot.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Surgically treats conditions such as corns, calluses, ingrown nails, tumors, shortened tendons, bunions, cysts, and abscesses.
- Diagnoses diseases and deformities of the foot using medical histories, physical examinations, X-rays and test results.
- Prescribes medications, corrective devices, physical therapy, or surgery.
- Treats bone, muscle, and joint disorders affecting the feet and ankles.
- Advises patients about treatments and foot care techniques necessary for prevention of future problems.
- Refers patients to physicians when symptoms indicative of systemic disorders, such as arthritis or diabetes, are observed in feet and legs.
- Makes and fits prosthetic appliances.
- Corrects deformities by means of plaster casts and strapping.
- Performs administrative duties such as hiring employees, ordering supplies, and keeping records.
- Educates the public about the benefits of foot care through techniques such as speaking engagements, advertising, and other forums.
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