Why See a Podiatrist?

Aug 19, 2019

Physical pain and discomfort is never normal. In fact, pain is how your body tells you something is wrong. So when your feet hurt, it’s best to listen to your body.

Many foot and ankle conditions are most easily treated when caught in their early stages. On the other hand, when left unaddressed, these problems can become chronic and even require surgery to be corrected.

That said, if you’re suffering from a condition or injury that causes pain in the lower limbs, you should see a podiatrist for appropriate treatment.

Now, you may be asking yourself: Can’t I just go see my general physician?

And the short answer to that is: Podiatrists are doctors who are specialized in treating foot and ankle issues. The same way you go to an eye doctor for your eyes, you should go to a foot doctor for your feet. Makes sense, right?

But beyond the obvious reasons, there are other indicators that it may be time to visit a podiatrist. Let’s discuss these a bit.

Feet – Overworked and Underappreciated

It’s easy to take this for granted, but your feet are complicated structures that endure tremendous amounts of physical force. Each foot and ankle is home to 26 bones, and more than 100 different muscles, ligaments, and tendons. All of these pieces make up 33 joints! Impressive, huh?

But that’s not all – did you know that each and every time you take a step, the landing foot absorbs forces up to 4 times your bodyweight? This means your feet absorb a cumulative force of several hundred tons just on an average day!

Knowing all this, there’s really no surprise as to why foot pain is so common. And though feet are naturally equipped to handle these forces, there are many different situations, conditions, and structural abnormalities that can make a difference.

You don’t even have to be standing or walking to experience foot problems. Everyone who has feet can also develop skin and toenail issues, too. And with so many ways for things to go wrong, it’s really a good thing that we have podiatrists who can provide the exact care we need.

Podiatrists With an “O”

When you visit our office looking to address any lower limb conditions, Dr. Joel Foster will perform a thorough evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs in order to accurately diagnose the problem and determine the best treatment approach for your specific case. The ultimate goal is to address the existing issue and take measures to prevent it from happening in the future.

This is especially important when it comes to progressive foot conditions, like hammertoes and bunions. Though these problems can only be corrected through surgery, there are many podiatric treatments that will help prevent them from escalating (and that alone may be enough for you to avoid surgery altogether).

Some of the most common foot and ankle conditions we treat at our office, include:

The list could easily become extensive, but you get the point – if the problem is in your lower legs and feet, Dr. Foster is your “go-to guy.”

But if you’re still not quite convinced, we have another reason for you to take into consideration …

Diabetes and Your Feet

If you have diabetes, you should make an appointment with a podiatrist to start a foot care plan right away – even if you aren’t experiencing any pain at the moment.

Why?

Because diabetes comes with fluctuating blood sugar levels which can easily lead to decreased blood circulation, making it hard for your body to heal potential wounds. Not to mention the possibility of nerve damage (neuropathy), which means you will be unable to feel if there is something wrong with your feet in the first place. All of this increases your risks of developing an infection.

If you are living with diabetes, you should pay special attention to your legs and feet. Make sure to perform daily foot checks, know how to properly wash and dry your feet, use appropriate footwear, AND schedule regular appointments with Dr. Foster to make sure your lower limbs are doing well. And if you notice any unusual symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact our office immediately – addressing diabetic problems at early stages can be the difference between having healthy feet and experiencing severe complications that may require amputation.

Find Expert Podiatric Care at Foot Care Specialists

When you come visit our office looking for relief from foot and ankle problems, we will perform a thorough evaluation of your feet, ankles, and lower legs in order to determine an accurate diagnosis and provide the best treatment options available to address your specific condition. In fact, we are proud to offer many advanced treatments and equipment right here at your office, including:

  • Laser therapy. This type of treatment uses very specific light energy to penetrate deep into soft tissue injury and treat the problem at its very source.
  • Regenerative injection therapy. Injections can be used to reduce pain and inflammation, and boost the body’s natural healing processes.
  • HyProCure and other minimally invasive surgeries. These surgical procedures are much less invasive in nature compared to traditional surgeries, using incisions that are significantly smaller and, in turn, making recovery periods much shorter and easier.
  • 3D CT scanner, and more. We use advanced tools that allow for more accurate diagnoses to be made and more effective treatments to be provided.

Perhaps the best reason why you should come in and see us here at Foot Care Specialists is because Dr. Joel Foster and his team are not only equipped with the best knowledge, experience, and tools available, but also because they deliver compassionate customer care for all your and your family’s foot and ankle needs.

We will take the time to get to know you, your lifestyle, and goals! Because providing awesome podiatric services is much more than simply fixing feet; it’s about getting you back to doing the things you love most for as long as possible.

If you or any of your loved ones are suffering from foot or ankle pain or difficulty, connect with us today and request your appointment with our office. All you have to do is call us at (816) 246-4222, or take advantage of our online contact form and a team member will be glad to help you.

 

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