Podiatry is the field of medicine focused on the study, treatment and diagnosis of the foot, ankle and lower leg, up to the knee. Podiatrists manage the treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions associated with these areas and doctors with specialised podiatry qualifications are known as 'foot doctors'.
Podiatry is the treatment of associated disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg below but not including the knee. A podiatrist is also known as a foot doctor, however in Australia a doctor of podiatric medicine is not a medical doctor (GP) and does not treat foot disorders with a surgical solution. Students must study a 4-year undergraduate degree resulting in a Bachelor of Podiatry degree to practice as a podiatrist in the division of allied health in Australia.
Chiropodist and podiatrist are both terms that refer to health professionals concerned with the treatment and diagnosis of complaints occurring in the foot, ankle and lower limb up to, but not including , the knee. Podiatrist has replaced chiropodist as a general use term since about 1977.