Do your feet ache at the end of a long day? Do you have calluses, corns, or bunions that cause discomfort? Have you noticed changes in the shape or alignment of your feet recently? These are all signs that it may be time to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist.
Seeing a podiatrist on a regular basis, even when you're not experiencing foot pain, can help prevent many common foot problems and keep your feet healthy. Here are some key benefits of visiting your podiatrist regularly:
- Early detection - Podiatrists can detect warning signs of conditions like arthritis, nerve issues, and bone spurs before you have symptoms. Catching and treating problems early can prevent pain and surgery later on.
- Proper alignment - Podiatrists can examine the bones, muscles, and tendons in your feet to check for any misalignment issues. They can provide custom orthotics if needed to help realign your feet properly and relieve pain.
- Corn and callus removal - Corns and calluses can seem harmless, but they can lead to pain, ulcerations, and infections if left untreated. Your podiatrist can safely pare down thick calluses and remove corns to keep your feet smooth.
- Nail care - Ingrown or fungal toenails can be a nuisance. Podiatrists can trim and debride overgrown nails and provide medications or procedures to clear up stubborn fungal nail infections.
- Footwear recommendations - Your podiatrist can look at the wear patterns on your current shoes and advise you on the best shoes for your foot type. Proper footwear can prevent many foot ailments.
- Education - Podiatrists are experts on foot conditions and can answer your questions and concerns about foot health. They can provide tips on stretching, exercises, icing, elevating, and more to keep your feet functioning well.
Scheduling regular comprehensive exams with your podiatrist at least once per year can catch small problems before they turn into major pain points. Don't wait until foot pain is intolerable - take a preventative approach. Your feet will thank you!
Any foot conditions should be treated by a doctor who can properly evaluate, diagnose, and treat any underlying medical conditions. At Cornerstone Foot & Ankle our doctors are trained and highly educated on healing chronic ulcers. If you think you may have a foot or ankle ulcer call now to schedule your appointment!