For many years there has been a very positive link between podiatry and clinical dermatology, but unfortunately they largely
remain apart in most medical cultures, both in training and in practice. Where they have begun to overlap in the clinical
treatment of foot dermatological problems the benefits rapidly become obvious to those involved. Good examples include the
often better management of ingrowing toenail by the podiatrist and the advantages of dermatological training in the correct
use of cryosurgery. The podiatrist has the great advantage of always knowing that foot problems are moving all the time (!)
and are constantly modified and compounded by this; many dermatologists only see foot disease in static pathogenetic terms.
Sometimes a skin or nail problem may be helped more by alleviating the effects of friction and pressure than by complex
pharmacological agents. In reality both should be able to work together.
Because of the different training, aptitudes and attitudes of the various specialists dealing with toenail pathology, the
authors have allowed some overlap in description of subjects such as nail anatomy and foot function—in an attempt to show
where in one context static structural considerations are appropriate whilst in another a more functional attitude is required.
In producing this Text Atlas the authors sincerely hope that it will be useful to those dealing with foot skin problems
whatever their current formal speciality training may be—as traditional medical speciality barriers ‘break down’ it would be
wonderful to think, as we evidently do, that podiatrist, dermatologist, nurse and primary care physician could directly share
their skills in a practical way.
Exploring the disorders and diseases of the foot from a dermatological point of view, this provides an exceptional study of skin care in this anatomy. With an emphasis on signs and symptoms, the atlas presents all aspects of skin and foot therapeutics in one easy-to-reference volume.
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