Keeping your feet healthy is a simple way to help maintain your overall health. Foot injuries and other problems can disrupt your daily life. The symptoms you experience can even be a sign of a more serious health problem. There are steps you can take to improve your foot health, including knowing when to see a podiatrist.
Tips for healthy feet
- Good hygiene: Thoroughly clean feet with soap and water and dry feet well
- Examine your own feet: Look for signs of infection, discoloration, swelling, wounds that won’t heal properly
- Wear shoes that fit properly: Shoes that are too tight can cause a variety of problems
- Cut toenails properly: Cut nails straight across and avoid cutting nails too short or too close to the skin
- Exercise to get the blood flowing
- Avoid walking around barefoot
- Know when to see a doctor
What is a podiatrist?
A podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle. Podiatrists understand the biomechanics of the feet, especially how that relates to gait, balance, and posture. They can fit orthotics, custom shoes, and foot and ankle braces to help correct problems, and they are medically and surgically qualified to treat a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions. Dr. Devin Tranter from Mountain Point Medical Center is a podiatrist at Mountain Foot & Ankle Clinic.
When to see a podiatrist
- A deformity in the foot
- A lump or bump that continues to grow or is painful
- A wound on the foot that doesn’t heal
- Numbness or tingling in the foot and/or ankle
- Pain that increases with activity
- Any pain that limits activity
- Signs of infection in the foot
- Symptoms that don’t improve with home treatment
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