Alberta podiatrists are highly trained doctors who specialize in treating ailments of the foot and ankle.
Podiatric medicine is the only profession that dedicates itself exclusively to foot and ankle health and wellness. Podiatrists, known as Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), are highly trained medical specialists concerned with the examination, diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases affecting the foot, ankle and the lower leg by medical, surgical and biomechanical methods of treatment
While most podiatrists in Alberta practice as generalists, some specialize in a given area such as:
- foot surgery
- bone and joint disorders
- diabetic foot care
- children's foot disorders
- disorders common to seniors
- sports medicine
Currently there are 48 trained podiatrists working in Alberta. Edmonton and Calgary have the largest concentrations of podiatrists; however, podiatrists are also located in Leduc, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Sherwood Park and St. Albert. In addition, some podiatrists also offer services to outlying areas that are not serviced by podiatrists (e.g. Thorsby, Calmar, Tofield, etc.)
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.