Podiatry or Chiropody involves the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of conditions of the feet, ankles and lower leg. A podiatrist will review the patient’s medical and injury history, footwear, occupation and lifestyle in assessing and diagnosing the health of the patient’s feet. Management of foot problems will vary, but may include a variety of physical therapies, the use of instruments and tools, the application of ointments, the prescription of custom-made orthotics (shoe inserts) and compression socks or stockings . Podiatrists can also Podiatrists also provide health education for self-care and the prevention of foot problems, especially to athletes, diabetics, elderly and disabled people. Podiatry can provide pain relief and substantial benefits to those with foot injuries, shin splints, athletes foot, aching feet, cracked heels, heel spurs, thick and ingrown toenails, blisters, corns, calluses, fungal problems and plantar warts.