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What Does a Podiatrist Do?

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Medical science has made incredible strides in the past few decades and there is now a specialist for virtually every condition. Having trouble with your feet, ankles or associated structures? Make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Podiatrists are specialists for foot problems. They assess, diagnose, and treat conditions involving your feet. A family doctor can handle basic issues in this area, but podiatrists have particular qualifications that go beyond your average general practitioner. Foot issues are particularly common (and can be quite dangerous) for diabetics.

Reasons you might want to see a podiatrist include:

  • persistent foot pain
  • bunions
  • ingrown toenails
  • neuromas
  • problems caused by high heels and flipflops
  • correcting a hammertoe
  • musculoskeletal problems
  • corns
  • calluses
  • fungal infections

At your first appointment, the podiatrist will ask you to describe your condition and how it might be preventing you from doing a regular day-to-day function. He or she will then thoroughly examine your feet and perform tests. The goal is identify the cause of the problem you’re experiencing and the best treatment plan for you.

They will then initiate treatment. Depending on the severity of the issue, you might need to return for more appointments. You can also learn about a change in your footwear and/or activities can help to prevent such an issue from occuring again.

Are you having trouble with your feet? If so, try to see a podiatrist as soon as possible as this is likely the first sign of a potentially serious problem. The longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to cure the issue.

The podiatrist can also give you valuable tips such as buy your shoes at the end of the day (everyone’s feet swell at the end of the day, so the shoe you choose will be nice and loose in the morning and a comfy fit by evening).

Written by Brittany

February 6th, 2018 at 11:46 pm

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