Think podiatrists only treat skin and nail conditions? Think again!
Today’s podiatrists are physicians, surgeons, and specialists who can help treat foot and ankle conditions. From that pesky toenail fungus that won’t go away, to operating on your heel spurs and treating ankle fractures, today’s podiatrist can do it all. Today’s podiatrist is specially trained to help you treat that debilitating foot pain.
According to a 2018 study by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA),
- 75% of US adults experience foot problems
- 47% of US adults say they experience at least two foot problems
- 52% of US adults say foot pain restricts their regular activity
It is important to note that foot pain is not normal and will not go away on its own. If you are suffering from any type of foot pain, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist immediately.
But some of these foot ailment s are completely preventable! Many common, painful foot conditions can be prevented if you follow these easy tips:
- Make sure your shoes have enough room in the front part of the shoe and that your toes are not excessively compressed
- Wear shoes with adequate padding in the ball of the foot
- Avoid prolonged time in shoes with a narrow toe box or excessive heel height (greater than two inches)
- Wear the proper shoes for each activity
- Prepare properly before exercising
- Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
- Maintain a healthy weight
Benefits of seeing a Podiatrist
Not only can today’s podiatrist help keep you on your feet, but he or she can also diagnose other disorders by performing a simple foot exam. Common disorders a podiatrist can diagnose in your feet include:
- Circulatory disorders
- Nerve disorders