Podiatry is the health care profession that assesses and treats foot ailments - from minor conditions such as ingrown toenails, corns and calluses, to more complex problems such as sport injuries, foot deformities, reconstructive surgery, and side effects from other medical conditions such as diabetes. Podiatrists also treat foot conditions before they become a problem.
For the Public
The College of Podiatric Physicians of Alberta regulates Podiatric Physicians in Alberta under the Health Professions Act. The public can file a complaint to the College. The College has Standards of Practice and a Code of Ethics which set out the professional behaviour and ethical conduct expected of all Podiatric Physicians registered in Alberta.
The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps each day on pavement, tiles, and other surfaces. With each step, a gravity induced pressure of about three to four times the body's weight bears down on each foot.