3 Reasons to Visit the Podiatrist
Most of us know that visiting the doctor and getting regular checkups is important. But how many of us extend that knowledge all the way down to our toes by having a regular podiatrist?
A podiatrist is essentially an ankle and foot doctor. Your feet contain 25% of the 206 bones in your body, as well as numerous complex muscle and ligament groupings, so podiatric physicians study all of these extensively. Like all medical doctors, they go through many years of medical school, specialty school, and hospital internships. Some podiatrists keep their focus general, while others choose narrower fields (for example, sports podiatry).
What Does a Podiatrist Treat?
Predictably, an ankle and foot doctor treats most conditions associated with the ankles and feet. Some of the most common procedures and processes overseen by podiatrists are ankle injury rehab, flat foot pain assessment, bunion treatment, ingrown toenail removal, tendonitis treatment and wart removal. Podiatrists also treat 82% of patients with corns and callus problems. If you need any of these treatments, you should find a podiatrist as soon as possible.
When Should I Go to the Podiatrist?
Obviously, you should visit a podiatrist if you know you have any of the above problems. But here are three other reasons that you might not think of:
- If You Have Chronic Pain
- If You Have Frequent Swelling or Discolouration
- If You Have Other Health Conditions
Certain other conditions, such as diabetes, increase the risk of foot and ankle problems. Some of these problems do not cause pain, so people with diabetes should visit a podiatrist for regular checkups regardless of whether they think they have a problem. Delaying a visit can lead to very serious complications that can make even amputations necessary.