By Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland
December 10, 2014
We certainly put our feet through a lot of stress and abuse. Think about it: how often are you on your feet all day? You don’t have to be an avid athlete or constant gym goer in order to experience foot problems. In fact, about 75 percent of Americans will experience some kind of foot issue at some point in their lives. And when this moment arises, you want to be prepared. That’s why it’s important to have a podiatrist you can turn to. Find out how a podiatrist could help you maintain healthier, happier feet.
What is a podiatrist?
A podiatrist is sometimes simply referred to as a foot doctor. We are medical professionals who diagnose and treat problems related to the foot and ankle. We can also specialize in a particular field including surgery, sports medicine or diabetic foot care.
What does a podiatrist treat?
A podiatrist treats a host of different conditions related to the foot and ankle:
If you can think of it, we will most likely treat it. Our treatment plans will change depending on the patient and the foot problem; however, we often focus on a combination of both over-the-counter and prescription medication, physical therapy and other strengthening exercises, ice/heat therapy, custom-made orthotics, and even surgery.
When should I see a podiatrist?
If you are experiencing either acute or chronic problems in your foot or ankle, then it’s time to see a foot doctor to diagnose and properly treat the problem. We also value preventive care, so even if you aren’t experiencing any issues you can still see your podiatrist for regular visits.
If you have diabetes, it’s also important that your feet get the proper care they need to make sure you don’t experience foot-related complications, which are often common for those with diabetes. We can give you tips on how to care for your feet to prevent calluses, corns, ingrown toenails and other problems from happening. We can even recommend proper shoes to wear.
If you are experiencing distressing foot problems or even if you just have questions about how you treat your feet, then it’s time to turn to a podiatrist. Call Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland to schedule an appointment, and take the first step on the road to better foot health.