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Posts for: April, 2017

why see a podiatristMany of us live with various aches and pains, some of which effect us much more than others.  One of the most common discomforts which people live with is foot and ankle pain.  Many are afraid or embarrassed to even mention this to their loved ones or even their primary care physician. However, there is no reason to live with this pain any longer, it is time to see a podiatrist.

 

What Will The Podiatrist Do?

 

Podiatrists, or DPMs, are certified trained doctors who specialize in medical diagnosis of the feet and ankles.  This most commonly includes sprains, fractures, heel spurs, hammertoes, infections, injuries, fungal growths, corns/calluses and bunions.  Podiatry is a rapidly growing field, as more and more Americans are being treated and relieved of their pain.  During your initial visit, the podiatrist will perform a full evaluation of your feet and surrounding structures.  In some cases, this may include taking x-rays or even MRIs to rule out any potential fractures, fluid buildup or ligament tears.  In some cases, the issue may be superficial (an ingrown toenail, a visible fungus, athlete’s foot, etc.) and in others it may require further testing and/or imaging.

 

How Do I Know If I Should See A Podiatrist?

 

Besides the pain factor, there are many other reasons to see a podiatrist.  Some people have unexplainable foul odor coming from their feet, while others may experience difficulty with their posture or mobility.  All of these can be directly related to the health of the feet and/or ankles.  Some people may walk, run and even jump on damaged feet, without being examined for many years.  This is not only extremely uncomfortable, but also dangerous to your long term health.  If pathology of the feet goes untreated for extended periods of time, this can lead to several health repercussions, including abnormal gait and balance.

 

There is a very wide variety of issues with the feet which podiatrists treat.  For patients who suffer from fungus, rashes, athlete’s foot or ingrown toenails, several topical ointments can be prescribed, which are very effective.  For those who suffer from abnormalities of the toenails, special medicated nail polish is available which too takes effect fairly quickly.  Patients who suffer from growths such as bunions or Morton’s Neuroma can actually undergo minimally invasive procedures which are performed by the podiatrist, to remove these unwanted formations.


Take a positive step into the new year, by seeing a podiatrist today!