Karina Gajjar is a
with the Health Professions Council Of South
Africa (HPCSA) and the Podiatry
Association of South Africa. (PASA)
As a podiatrist, Karina offers a range of services in which
she aims to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage conditions of the lower limb and foot.
Podiatry is a branch of
medicine that involves the treatment, management and prevention of lower limb
and foot conditions. Podiatrists treat and manage conditions such as, ingrown
toenails, thickened nails, fungal infections, warts, corns and callous, sprains,
sports injuries, fractures, bunions, heel pain and much more.
Podiatrists can give
advice regarding the best way in which one should take care of feet, this may
involve advice on correct footwear and designing and prescribing customized
orthoses/ shoe inserts.
Orthoses are prescribed based on the presenting foot
pathology to reduce foot pain by addressing faulty biomechanics.
Podiatrists also play an
important role in the prevention of foot and lower limb ulcerations and
amputations in diabetic patients.
The majority of amputations can be prevented
by regular foot examinations and treatment by a podiatrist. Management includes
identifying high-risk patients and educating patients on foot health and
Podiatrists can identify
areas of high pressure marked by callous formation. Regular debridement of
callous may prevent complications such as ulcers and amputations.
- Treatment of common conditions such as corns,
callous, warts, ingrown toenails, fungal infections and cracked heels
- Biomechanical assessment
- Treatment and identification of sports injuries
- Diabetic screenings
- Prescription of orthoses and insoles and much