As the American Podiatric Medical Association says, “Your Feet Are Your Foundation!” The health of your feet is fundamental to the health of the entire body as they not only provide us with our mobility, but are intrinsically connected to many of our fundamental body systems. A sudden or lingering issue that occurs in the feet could grow to affect the entire health of your body.
And as the APMA says, foot and ankle pain is never normal. While many of us suffer from some type of foot-related issue over time, there are conditions that tend to lead to foot and ankle problems, such as obesity and diabetes. Diabetes is especially harmful to the limb system and can cause neuropathy, infection, and ulcers. Did you know that seeing a podiatrist for foot care can reduce amputation rates by 45 to 85 percent for those suffering with diabetes? If you have diabetes, or are pre-diabetic, you should call to schedule a podiatry appointment as soon as possible to help prevent the high propensity for foot problems, or future amputation.
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Foot and ankle problems are not just reserved to an older population, but affect the young just the same. Many people are born with issues that affect the health of their feet, or may notice problems that manifest over time. Still, many others suffer from trauma that happens suddenly due to the delicate nature of our foot and ankle anatomy. Factors such as higher than average activity levels, diabetes and age-related decreases in circulation are just some factors that have led to an increase in foot and ankle problems.
In either case, it’s important to recognize the difference between a mild injury and one that requires the professional care of a Podiatrist. Some foot and ankle issues may be treated non-invasively, and solved through one or series of in-office appointments. However, others may require surgical intervention. We’re here to help guide you through that. If you’re worried you may need a doctor’s care, please take a look at our FAQ list, or give us a call to discuss your foot and ankle issues.
When To See A Podiatrist
Though foot and ankle pain can be relatively normal, you should seek a doctor’s care when it persists for days or weeks. Common sources of foot pain can occur from one’s daily exercise or activity routine, the types of shoes one wears or from seasonal changes that affect the health of the feet. Many ailments can be treated by taking measures to reverse the sources of pain, like changing to more appropriate footwear, by treating the infected area(s) or by performing targeted stretches. However, genetic foot issues, disease-born problems or neglecting the health and wellness of the feet can lead to problems that require the intervention of a Podiatrist.
Protection & Intervention
In the field of podiatry, foot care is shared between the patient and the podiatrist. Healthy foot and ankle maintenance is critical to avoiding crippling issues that may require the intervention of a podiatrist. Read our “Healthy Foot Guide” for simple tips to keep your feet in good health.
Healthy Foot Guide
The best way to prevent foot and ankle issues is to employ simple steps to lower your chances of developing problems that occur from regular activity. The APMA estimates that we walk about 75,000 miles by the age of 50! In that time, our feet, which act as stabilizers, shock absorbers and propulsion mechanisms, take on a lot of wear and tear. And while parts can be replaced on things like vehicles, our feet cannot be. They require ongoing maintenance and protection from the natural elements. Here are some basic tips to help you maintain the health of your feet: