Don't ignore foot problems, avoid serious foot problems that can lead to a toe, foot, or leg amputation?. Good foot care and regular foot checks should be an important part of your health care. Investing a bit of time and thought into caring for your feet now can prevent them causing you pain late.
Podiatrists are the most qualified doctors to care for your feet. They complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school and three years of hospital residency training. Podiatrists can specialize in many fields, including surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics (children), and diabetic care.
That pain in the foot can be due to many causes, kick off your shoes at your next visit to the doctor, have your physician look over your feet.
Your foot health can be a clue to your overall health:-
- Joint stiffness: - could mean arthritis
- Swollen feet:- May be a sign of kidney, heart disease, or high blood pressure.
- Swollen joints:- May be related to rheumatoid or osteoarthritis.
- One foot suddenly begins to swell: -Can possibly indicate a blockage of a lymph node or a deep-vein thrombosis.
- If your toes are also going numb:-this might be a sign of diabetes.
Podiatrists provide preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of problems affecting the feet, ankle and lower legs.
- Their specialist skills focus on tending infections, ailments, defects and injuries of the foot and lower leg, as well as treating foot and nail conditions related to other major health disorders (e.g. diabetes).
- They also provide preventative care and advice on improving mobility, independence and the quality of life for their patients.
Proper care and treatment of your feet will relieve pain and help your feet to carry on the duties necessary to living a full and happy life:
- Apply lanolin or olive oil to dry skin.
- Avoid using hot water and strong soaps.
- Dry skin carefully. Do not rub hard with a towel.
- Avoid if possible athlete’s foot infection, use a mild fungicidal powder.
- Do not cut corns, callouses or ingrown toe nails.
- Avoid bruises, burns, cuts, cracks and frostbite. If any of these injuries occur, seek professional advice immediately.
- Avoid the use of harsh or strong medications such as antiseptics containing iodine or carbolic acid, etc., corn cures, or chemical compounds and ointments for athlete’s foot.
- Avoid exposure to cold and dampness.
- Seek immediate professional care for any ulcer or sore on the foot or leg.
You may want to see a podiatrist for advice and treatment if you have painful feet, thickened or discoloured toenails, cracks or cuts in the skin, growths such as warts, scaling or peeling on the soles or any other foot-related problem.