Routine Podiatry Care Questions & Answers
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Routine podiatry care is important for the overall health of your feet. Many conditions can progress silently beneath the surface without any external signs or symptoms, which is why it is important to have the health of your feet checked regularly.
Can you see a podiatrist without a referral?
Yes, anyone can visit a podiatrist without a referral. Although many patients are referred by other medical professionals including family doctors, a referral is not necessary. It is as simple as contacting a podiatrist’s office directly and scheduling an appointment that works for you. To get started today, call the professionals at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists.
How often should I see a podiatrist for routine foot care?
Routine foot care should be performed regularly for everyone, although people with certain conditions may require care more frequently. In particular, people living with diabetes should have a podiatrist and receive routine foot care. When you meet with a podiatrist, they will tell you if you are at low or high risk for complications in your feet. Generally speaking, a diabetic patient that has good circulation and no neurological symptoms such as numbness, burning or tingling, can be seen on an annual basis. However, if one is at higher risk and has poor circulation and/or numbness in the feet, then checkups and treatments should be performed every two to three months.
For other conditions affecting the feet, your podiatrist will tell you how often you will require regular checkups and can range from several times a year to once every few years. For those at higher risk of developing overuse injuries or traumatic injuries, such as athletes and warehouse or factory workers, regular evaluation by a podiatrist can help reduce the risk of these types of injuries from occurring and to recognize them before they become too severe. Your podiatrist will evaluate your risk of complications and will tell you how often you should be seen.
Why should I be getting routine foot care?
Routine foot care is important for a number of reasons. When receiving routine foot care, you can:
- Manage ongoing health conditions
- Participate in sports or other activities after an injury
- Treat common foot and toe infections
- Stop pain in its tracks
Should I see a podiatrist or a doctor for routine foot care?
Routine foot care should always be performed by a licensed podiatrist. These foot and ankle specialists are the most qualified medical professionals for routine foot care and any condition affecting the feet or ankles. From sprains and strains to plantar fasciitis and suspicious growths, podiatrists are experienced in treating a number of conditions affecting the feet and ankles and can even perform surgery if necessary. When choosing a podiatrist, it is important to find one who is board-certified, like the team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists.
If you or someone you know requires routine podiatry care for reasons such as diabetes, frequent sports injuries or others, come to Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in performing routine podiatry care and can help you maintain proper foot and ankle health. For more information about routine podiatry care, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.