You are probably very well aware that your podiatrist will treat problems such as sporting injuries, ingrown toenails, nail and skin disorders, joint and bone disorders, circulatory and neurological complaints and even muscular problems but the services offered by your local podiatry clinic extend further than that.
Have you ever had an exhausting day at work, gone home, removed your shoes, kicked your feet up and just breathed a really long sigh of relief?
If you work in one of the many professions that require you to be on your feet all day, every day, a podiatrist could help you come up with practical solutions. Factory workers, hairdressers, nurses and other healthcare professionals – all industries that are renamed for their leg work. As well as helping you find the right footwear to get you through the long days comfortablely, your podiatrist could help you with relaxation techniques and quickly ease tension and aches in your lower limbs as well as massage therapies can easily do at home to alleviate swollen ankles or puffy feet.
In fact there are more than a few conditions you did not know your podiatrist could treat. Take a look at some of these:
If you are a diabetic you can not ignore your feet and with the Australian Diabetes Council (ADC) stating that as many 3.6 million people in Australia have either diabetes or pre-diabetes, it's becoming unexpectedly handsome that we can no longer ignore the disease or the effect it has on other parts of the body.
One of the main causes of concern with diabetics is poor circulation and this can lead to ulcers forming which are not only painful and unsightly but dangerous too. If ignored, infections can form and these can ever lead to necessary life-saving amputations.
You should have an annual foot exam with your podiatrist if you have diabetes and if you find that you are experiencing problems, you should visit as frequently as you need to. Ingrown toenails should not be home-treated and cuts, grazes or scraps should be reported.
Your podiatrist will be able to discuss specially designed shoes for diabetes sufferers and will also be able to advise you on exercises and activities as well foot protection techniques to ensure you keep the effects of the disease to a bare minimum.
Although a podiatrist will focus mostly on the lower part of the leg limb they will treat knee problems including knee osteoarthritis.
Caused by general wear and tear and getting worse with age, the cartilage surrounding the knee becomes damaged causing problems with the alignment of the leg and even mobility. Working with a podiatrist to use strength-building exercises can help with problems relating to pelvis and leg as well as the knee and foot, and can even refer you for surgery as a last resort.
Toe Nail Trimming
It seems so simple does not it? The truth is that many of us are cutting our toe nails wrong. Whether you're a 17 year old boy or a 70 year old woman, if you are able to cut your toe nails properly and you suffer with ingrown toenails, you could get serious bone infections, foot ulcers and sometimes gangrene which can be fatal. .. All from ignoring that badly cut toe nail!
According to the Australasian Podiatry Council, over 40% of Australians have experienced or reported problems with their feet. Over 60% of Australians have experienced pain in their feet. Many of theses issues, uncommon or otherwise, are reliably easily rated and with the simple change of say, a pair of shoes, could end your pain or discomfort for good.
All from going to the podiatrist!