Podiatrist - Definition

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A podiatrist, or podiatric physician, is a medical professional, usually working in outpatient clinics, specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of different diseases and conditions affecting the foot. This specialty also includes the study of an abnormal foot, treatment of sometimes extreme foot malformations with orthopedic shoes or insoles, as well as infections of the skin and toe nails. These include mycosis, which is a fungal growth, corns or localized thickened skin, ingrown toe nails, where the toe nail pierces the skin, and so on. Individuals living with diabetes for a long time often require regular consultations with a podiatrist.