Why Should I Go to the Foot Doctor on a Regular Basis?
When your feet are aching, your podiatrist is there to provide relief and offer you advice to help prevent future foot and ankle maladies. Maryland Podiatry Center believes that when it comes to proper foot care, the more you know, the better.
The Facts about Feet
Though your feet contain a quarter of all the bones in your entire skeletal system, they are often the most neglected part of your body. When you walk, the pressure on your feet often exceeds your body weight, and running can triple or quadruple that pressure. When you account for the fact that the average person takes about 8,000 steps a day and will walk about 115, 000 miles in their lifetime, it becomes clear just how much of a beating your feet and ankles take. It is important that your feet are well cared for, as they need to last forever. Podiatrists like Maryland Podiatry Center are here to help you take control of your well being by helping you treat and prevent common foot and ankle conditions.
Foot Pain or No Foot Pain, You Should Still See a Doctor
Despite what you may have previously been told, it is not normal to experience any degree of pain in your feet. Whatever you do, don’t ignore the pain; when it happens, call your podiatrist. He/she can provide treatment to relieve foot pain caused by a variety of conditions, some of which are listed below:
- Corns and calluses
- Cracked heels
- Athlete’s foot
- Flat feet
- Diabetic ulcers
- Nail fungus
- Hammer toes
- Ingrown toenails
- Sports injuries
Many podiatrists are also able to perform surgery, should such a procedure become necessary. In addition to accessing treatment services, your foot doctor is also the best resource to learn about “foot wellness” and proper podiatric care. Because foot pain can also be the first symptom of other, more severe health issues, it’s important for people to understand and recognize the warning signs for such conditions.
Maryland Podiatry Center believes the more knowledgeable you are about your own foot structure, the better-equipped you’ll be to avoid potential injury or damage to your feet. You can check out some basic foot care guidelines on our website, but we also encourage you to visit our office for routine wellness checkups. Even if you’re not currently experiencing pain, routine exams can keep you in the know about your personal foot wellness and how you can improve the care of your feet.
Better Feet, Better Future
People with chronic conditions such as diabetes are often predisposed to ankle and foot conditions. If you have diabetes, you should schedule a check up with your foot doctor at least once a year.
Keeping your feet healthy can prevent future complications, but it’s also important to be aware of any preexisting conditions that could cause severe foot problems. At her offices in Ellicott City, MD, Maryland Podiatry Center performs exams to help patients assess their predisposition to certain health problems, including the following:
- P.A.D. screening: Peripheral Arterial Disease, known as P.A.D., is a common but serious disease that often goes undiagnosed. Cholesterol and plaque buildup in the arteries of the lower extremities causes P.A.D., which restricts blood flow to the legs and feet.
- CVI Exam: Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) prevents leg veins from sending blood back to the heart. This often damages one-way valves, causing backwards blood flow and clots.
To schedule a preventative screening, call our offices at (410) 992-8504.