5 Questions to Ask Your Podiatrist
How Can I Protect My Feet?
Many people might not realize that their feet are a vital part of their overall healthcare. Looking after your feet can be an important way to prevent an array of complex health issues, particularly as you get older. Often, persistent issues like back, hip, or leg pain can be linked to your feet, namely, the type of shoes you wear and how much support they give. This is why protecting your feet often starts with the support in the shoes you wear most often.
For example, wearing high heels consistently can lead to various issues, such as bunions, which is a deformity in the joint by your big toe. Wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow can also irritate your feet by confining them, and wearing shoes that are too flat can lead to things like plantar fasciitis, an irritation on the bottom of your foot, or contribute to back, leg and hip pain. It’s also important to wear shoes that cover your feet enough to protect them from debris that can cause cuts or other injuries. Avoiding walking barefoot regularly is also a simple way to protect your feet.
How Will You Diagnose My Condition?
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, we have a team of professionals and specialists that are trained in the wide array of foot and ankle conditions you may have. Diagnosing the issue that you’re dealing with starts with an appointment, where we will assess the issue at hand and discuss your symptoms, as well as your general health history. Things like diabetes, past injuries, or other chronic conditions can all impact your foot and ankle health, so we will get the right information we need about your condition and how it’s being managed. We may also ask questions about what type of footwear you wear regularly, as well as what you do for foot care in general. If we need further information, we may run various tests that can give us better insight into the issue you’re facing.
If I need surgery, who will be performing it?
This will depend on the type of surgery you need, the severity of the condition, and various other factors specific to your situation. Podiatrists are physicians that specialize in foot and ankle conditions, and at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, we have board-certified podiatrists on our team. Not all podiatrists can perform surgeries, while some may have additional training in certain types of foot and ankle related surgeries. Our team of specialists may be able to complete some types of surgery, but if you need something more complex or intensive done, we may refer you to a different type of surgeon. Regardless, we will be sure to give you the best help and information possible about the kind of surgery you may need, and the next steps to take.
What conditions can Podiatrists treat?
Podiatrists are specialists in an array of foot and ankle related injuries, conditions, and issues, such as: bunions, plantar fasciitis (irritation on the bottom of the foot), toenail and foot fungus, diabetic-related foot issues and wound care, fractures, sprains, or other foot, toe and ankle injuries, heel spurs, toe corns, and more. A podiatrist can also help design and provide custom orthotics, a type of support mechanism you usually wear within your shoe that many people need and can benefit from, especially later on in life. If you’re experiencing issues walking, or have pain in your legs, hips, or back that is persistent and complex, you may also be referred to a podiatrist, who can assess your gait and the type of shoes you’re wearing, and recommend treatment and management.