Did you know that 7 out of 10 Americans will suffer from foot pain in their lifetime? With that in mind, it may be time to make 2018 the year you visit your friendly neighborhood podiatrist. We’ve put together our top 3 reasons to see your podiatrist this year, so read on!
Chronic Pain – Have you been suffering from a chronic foot or ankle pain? Maybe the pain goes on for a few days before disappearing again? Pain is our bodies only way of telling us that there is something wrong, so it’s best to heed these warnings. This is especially true when it comes to your feet and ankles. These two are always working hard to get you around and problems that go ignored can easily lead to much more pain and damage, so it’s best to get checked out as soon as possible to avoid further complications
Diabetic Foot Care – If you have diabetes then you should be seeing your podiatrist for regularly scheduled visits. Diabetes primarily affects the circulatory system, and you feet are the farthest point on your body from your heart, so diabetes typically comes with a myriad of foot problems. Due to the lack of sensations in most diabetics feet ulcerations on the feet are common and can become infected easily, leading to major problems. Regularly scheduled visits to your podiatrist can help prevent these ulcers from developing in the first place.
Orthotics Replacement – Do you wear supportive inserts in your shoes? If they were professionally made by a podiatrist then it is recommended that you have them reviewed at least every two years. Why? As the body ages the tendons tend to tighten and can change the underlying structure of the foot over time, so what was once ideal for your feet a few years ago may no longer be providing the optimal amount of support for your feet currently.
If any of these reasons rings true for you go ahead and make an appointment with your podiatrist as soon as you can. The sooner you are seen for your problem the easier it will be for you podiatrist to diagnose you and recommend a treatment plan for getting you back on your feet in 2018!