10 Reasons to See a Podiatrist
A podiatrist, the doctor responsible for your feet, ankles and lower extremities, is an important doctor to have on your team of medical professionals. Here are the top 10 reasons you should consider seeing a podiatrist at the Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic in Calgary:
1. You’re a runner
While running, the impact of your feet hitting the pavement can cause stress or serious injury to your lower extremities. Preventatively, it is wise to have a consultation with a podiatrist who can assess your feet and ankles to determine if you're likely to encounter any problems. They can also recommend orthotics and the best type of sports shoes to prevent future injury.
2. Painful joints
Reoccurring pain in your lower extremities can indicate an underlying condition such as arthritis. For those suffering from chronic muscular or tendon disorders, consider seeing a podiatrist to discuss shockwave therapy, an effective, non-invasive treatment.
3. Ingrown Toenails
If you notice any excessive redness or drainage around the toenail you should see a podiatrist immediately. The podiatrist will remove the ingrown portion of the nail and provide a topical or oral medication. If the issue persists the podiatrist can perform surgery that will prevent ingrown nails from recurring.
4. Sore heels
Extreme pain radiating from the heel of the foot should never be ignored. A proper foot exam by one of our podiatrists can quickly diagnose if the pain is a result of heel spurs or an inflamed tendon.
5. Fungal Nails
If you suffer from thick, discolored toenails, you don’t need to keep your socks on. We offer treatments to help eliminate the fungus causing those unsightly toenails.
6. You need orthotics
Orthotics are custom made inserts designed to support the misalignment of your feet. They provide lumbar and lower extremity relief, and even improve posture.
7. You need surgery
A podiatrist can perform most types of foot surgeries such as releasing tendons, arthroplasty, removing bunions or treating ingrown toenails.
8. Corns and calluses
Corns and calluses are very painful and an excellent reason to visit your podiatrist. He or she can offer treatment and relief.
Bunions are bumps that form at the base of the big toe when it pushes on the adjoining toe causing the bone or joint becomes hard or swollen. Bunions can worsen over time if not treated.
10. Athlete’s foot
Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that develops into scaly, itchy skin between the toes. If your athlete’s foot is chronic or difficult to treat, you may require an antibiotic treatment.
In Calgary, the podiatrists at Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic are skilled professionals that can answer all your foot and ankle related questions. We specialize in treating various conditions with both invasive and noninvasive techniques such as surgery, orthotics and shockwave therapy. We can help you and your feet enjoy a superior quality of life. Call us if you want to book a consultation.