Foot and ankle issues, from various causes like chronic conditions or ill-fitting shoes, can interfere with daily life. Consulting a podiatrist is important for conditions like joint pain, often accompanied by swelling, redness, stiffness, or tenderness, which could be due to arthritis. Diabetes increases the risk of foot problems, from dry skin to severe complications like neuropathy, and regular podiatrist foot exams significantly lower amputation risks. Persistent heel pain caused by things like heel spurs or inflamed tendons requires a podiatrist's diagnosis and tailored treatment. Stubborn ingrown toenails, a common issue, may lead to infection and a podiatrist can provide timely treatment, including nail removal in chronic cases. Suspected foot or ankle injuries, such as sprains or strains, demand prompt diagnosis and treatment. Corns and calluses, if left untreated, can be painful and a podiatrist can safely remove them and offer prevention advice. Runners prone to issues like shin splints benefit from a podiatrist's assessment and recommendations for suitable athletic footwear. Painful bunions worsen without treatment, and a podiatrist can suggest measures like padding, taping, or orthotics. Suspected athlete's foot, a fungal infection causing itchiness and scaliness between the toes, requires professional care if over-the-counter treatments do not work. If you have any sort of foot or ankle problems, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can address these concerns, and offer diagnosis, treatment, and preventative guidance to enhance mobility and well-being.
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What Is a Podiatrist?
Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.
A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:
- Physical therapy
- Orthotic inserts or soles
- Surgery on lower extremity fractures
A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.