Foot and ankle problems can occur for several different reasons. While they usually occur due to chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or arthritis, everyday situations such as poorly fitting or overuse of shoes can also lead to temporary, acute pain. A subtle foot problem that can be fixed with conservative methods can become a big problem that may require a more invasive treatment if left untreated. That is why you shouldn’t hesitate to see a podiatrist whenever you are experiencing a foot problem. Here is a brief list of some conditions in which you need a podiatrist's help.
Diabetic Foot Care
It is extremely important for people diagnosed with diabetes to see their podiatrist regularly because they are more prone to foot problems. Pay close attention to any changes you experience on your feet and share your findings with your podiatrist. Some of the common ankle and foot problems associated with diabetes include swelling, open sores, cracking, numbness, changes in skin color, and more.
According to the Australian Burden of Disease Study, about 730,000 Australians were diagnosed with diabetes in 2011, and 12,300 of them had their lower limb amputated. So, it is very important that you see a podiatrist to prevent that.
Ingrown Toenails Treatment
Some people have persistently ingrown toenails that cause infection, while some people just experience occasional pain due to sharp toenail edges; no matter the condition, a podiatrist can help. In some cases, a part of the nail will be removed when you reach the ankle and foot clinic. If the area is infected, your podiatrist may also prescribe medicine. More importantly, you can be made to understand the underlying cause of the problem so as to prevent them in the future.
Pain When Walking
You shouldn’t be experiencing pain when walking or doing regular daily activities. So, if you feel pain, you should see your podiatrist to exam the possibility of an injury that probably doesn’t heal properly. If you do not address the problem, your condition could get worse, and you could have even more difficulties walking.
Persistent Ankle Joint Pain
A persistent ankle joint pain can be a sign of arthritis, which is one of the most common conditions Australians suffer from. If you notice your ankle joints are stiff, swollen, and tender, you should book an appointment with your podiatrist. The ankle and foot specialist can recommend treatment options to reduce joint stiffness, pain, and inflammation.
You Have Sprain, Strain, or Broken Bone
Podiatrists are specialists at treating these types of conditions. They are experts at diagnosing foot and ankle injuries and recommending treatments. They can also develop an adaptable cast to help the spot heal. Increasing pain, trouble walking, redness, and swelling following an injury are all the reasons to visit a podiatrist.
How Can We Help?
If you are experiencing ankle, foot, or lower leg pain, the podiatrists at Movement 101 are happy to help. Our podiatrists have extensive training required to assess, treat, and prevent foot and ankle injuries, disorders, and conditions. Contact Movement 101 today!
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