‘WHO’, ‘WHEN’ & ‘WHY’ see a Podiatrist?
Before explaining the above questions let me give a gist of ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What we do?’ I’m Dr. Bill J. Releford, D.P.M. (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) who is the Podiatric Surgery Specialist – specialized in foot and ankle surgery certified by the ‘American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery’. Like all physicians, foot care specialists commonly known as podiatrists must also be licensed and renew it every few years. Podiatric physicians are uniquely qualified among medical professionals to treat lower extremity based on the education, training and expertise. We stay up to date with our training by attending special yearly seminars.
Let’s get into ‘WHO’, ‘WHEN’ & ‘WHY’ see a Podiatrist?
People with certain health disorders will cause foot problems those who include obesity, diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol, poor blood circulation, heart disease and stroke. Diabetic patients are at higher risk of foot issues. They must pay keen attention to any variation in how their feet feel. Considering the principal complaint can help comfort foot pain. Keep a review of entire signs and indications connecting to your feet.
It’s always a better choice to let us know instead of neglecting and making your own decisions if you have any symptoms of diabetic foot complications like dry or cracked skin, calluses or hard skin, cracked or dry toe nails, sore or ulcer, discolored toe nails, sharp or burning pain, tenderness, numbness or tingling, pain in your calves (lower legs) when walking and a bad foot smell.
The truth is that many people put off seeing the physician about concerns with their feet or ankles because they are unsure of where to go for the treatment. Or, believe it or not, few people think that consistent foot distress is normal. Trust me, it’s not normal to have continuous foot pain.
Facts about your feet :
- Your foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments.
- The average person takes 7,500 steps per day
- You will take 216,262,500 steps in your life if you live to be 80!
- It takes about 2,000 steps to walk a mile.
Your feet carry you while walking and running, tolerate your weight when standing in line, and turn the pedals on your bike. When we expect our feet to always be there for us – no queries requested – it’s cool to take them for granted.
If you are facing any of the following issues or symptoms, it’s time to make an appointment to see a podiatrist.
- Joint pain in the foot or ankle
- Painful corns or calluses
- An ingrown toenail
- Continuous heel pain
- You have diabetes
- A reoccurring case of athlete’s foot
- You think you’ve sprained or broken your ankle or foot
- Nail fungus
- Numbness, pain or swelling in foot
If you are experiencing any symptoms associated to your feet and ankles, speak with your primary healthcare physician about a referral to consult a podiatrist. I can’t stress enough how significant it is to take decent care of your feet, as it can directly disturb your complete health and lead to further severe complications.