What are allied healthcare professionals?
“Laughter is the best medicine.” That’s what they say, isn’t it? To be honest that’s just not true. Sure, if you’re a bit sad because your hamster died, then a good laugh might help you out. For everything else, there’s an extensive team of allied healthcare professionals!
We’ve already covered a bunch of these roles in other subsectors. However, there’s a few left that we haven’t discussed. Consequently, we’re here to talk about chiropodists, orthotists and prosthetists.
Why is it important? What does it involve?
Ok, so you might have just read a bunch of words that mean absolutely nothing to you. Therefore, it’s probably a good idea if we define the ins and outs of these different careers quickly.
Essentially, chiropodists (a.k.a. podiatrists) are foot specialists. If you’ve got a problem with your sole, your metatarsal or your pinky toe, these people are your ‘go-to’ guys.
Prosthetists are specialists in artificial limbs. They provide expert care for patients that have lost arms or legs through accidents or necessary amputation procedures. They may also help infants that have been born without a limb.
Finally, have you ever wondered who designs and fits crutches, braces, splints and other devices that provide people’s bodies with support? Well look no further, because all these responsibilities fall under the orthotist’s remit.
These jobs involve being around patients all day long, so you’ll need to be caring, patient and sensitive to their emotions.
What do different types of allied healthcare professionals do?
Chiropodists will sort out any problem, issue, malfunction or disease, as long as it’s got something to do with your feet. Sure, a lot of people don’t like feet; they think they’re smelly, unattractive and perhaps a little bit like weird-shaped hands on the end of your legs.
However, if you break into this challenging line of work, you’ll get the opportunity to help all kinds of people, from children and older people, to dancers and athletes. You’ll be diagnosing and treating the whole range of foot-related ailments, such as verrucae and arthritis.
Orthotists use their expertise to evaluate patients’ problems, take measurements of their body and then design appropriate apparatus (a.k.a. the orthosis) that will facilitate movement and help them to recover from their injury problems.
Prosthetists have a whole lot of responsibility. Essentially, they assess patients and then provide expert direction to technicians and doctors during the design, construction and fitting of tailor-made prosthetic appendages. They’re also in charge of overseeing their patients’ progress and ensuring that they are developing properly.
If you’re that rare jewel of a person who doesn’t mind coming into close contact with the funkiest of feet, then look no further! Your career as a chiropodist is set. If the longer limbs, or lack thereof, are more your cup of tea then, once again, fear not! We’ve got you covered. It looks like a career as an allied health professional is precisely what you’ve been searching for!