Podiatry is a branch of medical sciences that is dedicated to providing clinical and surgical solutions to injuries of the legs, ankles and the feet. This field is gaining popularity with time with the increasing number of people engaging in sports and other physical activities that have augmented the foot problems we face in our everyday lives. After attaining a college degree in podiatry, a podiatrist needs to train in a clinic before getting his or her license issued. Despite the dedicated years of training, podiatrists have not achieved the recognition and importance they deserve because of the stigma of podiatry malpractice.
Injuries of the legs, ankles and feet are complex. A podiatrist who is new to the profession or lacks the required experience to treat a patient is most likely to make a misdiagnosis which will eventually lead to a therapy that is either ineffective or potentially dangerous to the well-being of the patient. Especially when it comes to podiatric surgery, a fresh clinician might not have the perfection of the surgeon who has been operating on patients for years.
Failure to examine the patient properly can cost a podiatrist his or her entire career. In some cases, podiatrists are eager to recommend surgery to a patient without a thorough medical assessment. A simple x-ray report cannot suffice as the basis for podiatric treatment. Suggesting a surgery to a patient without testing both sides of his body, the state of the associated nerves and the capacity of the affected organs to perform normally is criminal on part of the podiatrist. The result of such a surgery is almost always podiatrist malpractice.
As a victim of podiatrist malpractice you can always seek legal safeguards and help against negligent podiatrists by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.