Foot health can directly affect the quality of life and it can restrict the mobility of a person.
Podiatry or podiatric medicine is a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity.
Many people suffer from foot and ankle pain as we use our feet daily. They believe that their foot pain will go away on its own without seeing a foot specialist, also known as a podiatrist.
If you are experiencing any of the below problems, it might be the time to see a podiatrist:
- Thick calluses or corns
- Heel issues that aren’t going away
- An ingrown toenail at any stage
- A persistent fungal infection in the skin or nails
- Thickened nails
- ‘Flat’ feet
- Chronic pain in the foot
- Bunions that are causing discomfort
- Numbness and tingling
Podiatrists are also one of the essential professionals within diabetes care, from prevention to management of diabetes foot related problems. If you have diabetes you should visit a podiatrist at least annually for a risk assessment and education.