Who Is A Podiatrist and Why You Need to See One?

Who Is A Podiatrist and Why You Need to See One?

Podiatrists are foot doctors; they treat the extreme lower part of your body. They treat smelly feet, fungal infections, problems with walking, ingrown toenails, and so on. The branch of medicine that deals with foot diseases are known as podiatry. They treat day to day foot ailments as well as more severe ailments like ulcers caused by diabetes or arthritis. Podiatrists work in both the government sector and in the public sector. They are trained and certified professionals who have received their degree after three to four years of training at a medical college. A podiatrist is also known as a chiropodist. In order for them to start practicing as a professional doctor, they have to be registered at the health and care professionals’ council.  If you have any foot ailment that has been bothering you for days, it is time that you book an appointment with a podiatrist and get it checked before it worsens.

A Podiatrist Will Treat the Following Conditions:

  • Sports-related injuries
  • Wound care
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Diabetes-related feet problems

How Will A Podiatrist Treat You?

Do you have smelly feet or cracked heels or are people commenting on your gait and that is bothering you? It is time for an appointment at the doctors. A podiatrist does not just check your limbs, but they also check how your gait is affecting the other parts of your body. Based on their assessment of your gait and its impact on your entire body, he or she may recommend treatment plans. If there is a need is they can ask you to get an X-ray or undergo an MRI scan. He or she might ask you to take blood tests and other tests.

Here Is What A Podiatrist Will Do for You:

  • If you suffer from smelly feet, they may prescribe you special powders or medicines and may tell which shoes to wear.
  • If you have a fungal infection or ingrown toenails, a podiatrist will clip your nails.
  • If you suffer from cracked heels, do not treat it as something minor which you can treat at home. The issue will become worse if left untreated and you may end up with painful cracked heels and may have difficulty walking. A podiatrist will remove the hard skin and will prescribe you ointments to relieve you of the pain.
  • Many people suffer from flat feet; if you are one of them, then you must visit a podiatry clinic to get orthotics which are specially designed insoles for people having flat feet.
  • If you have arthritis and you are having pain in your limbs or knee and having difficulty walking, seeing a podiatrist will alleviate you of the pain.
  • If you are a diabetic patient, you should schedule a visit with your family doctor and the podiatrist every two or three months because diabetes is a disease that with time damages your nerves. You may need to see more than one specialist to keep your health in check.

Conclusion

Foot or limbs are often the most neglected part of the body parts when it comes to care and maintenance. Most people are either concerned with their skin or weight or any heart ailments. But the limbs are equally important. Your foot supports your entire weight when you are standing. Life would be difficult without your limbs working properly.

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