One of the most important parts of your body and the one that you typically rely on the most is your feet. Feet are what you support your body with. They allow you to stand erect. They allow you to walk, run and are the primary reason you have the ability to easily move around. They are also the one part of your body that you can scarcely ignore when you are having problems with them. Normally feet would be nothing to ever worry about except that there are in fact many common diseases and injuries that can seriously impair their ability to function normally. And if you have problems with them all it is immediately noticeable because some of these problems can make it all but impossible for you to use them.

This has been a constant issue with humans since the dawn of civil society. Evidence of foot problems plaguing the ancients have actually been found in ancient Egyptian bas-relief carvings on structures that date back to 2400 BC Writings by the Greek Physician Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, describe the process of removing corns and calls of the feet from patients around 300 BC All through the ages there have been written examples of these sections of procedure that many people including royalty have taken advantage of to repair problems with feet.

Up until the 1900s the foot doctor was completely separated from other doctors. They were generally classed as independents that only treated the feet, ankles and legs of patients. This, however, all changed in the 20th century with the development and inclusion into the general practice of medicine of the podiatrist or foot doctor.

A foot doctor or Podiatrist is a special branch of medicine that concentrates on the diagnosis, and medical or surgical treatment of the feet, ankles and lower body extemities. A DPM or doctor of podiatric medicine is a specialist that has been trained in a variety of skills, which can include human anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, general medicine, and surgery. This intensive training allows him to successfully diagnose and treat disorders of the feet. In their schooling it is common for a student podiatrist to rotate in and out of several related medical fields such as sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, orthopedics and others to gain a wider range of specific knowledge and skills designed to help him become a more competent and effective physician.

Although diseases or injury to your feet can be serious and quite painful most of the common conditions do not carry any serious threat to your health. These can also be easily taken care of by a competent foot doctor. Two of the most common issues that a foot doctor sees are patients with corn or calluses. A callus or corn is nothing more than the build up of hardened skin that forms over points of pressure on a bone prominence on either the top or bottom part of the foot. These can be caused by irritation from poor fitting shoes or other causes. They are generally nothing to worry about and do not pose any serious health threat. They can be easily deal with by trimming or scraping them or in severe cases that they can be removed with an outpatient surgery.