The Importance of Foot Care
Posted onApril 11th, 2016
Most of us rely heavily on our feet to live our lives. Think of the countless activities you would not be able to perform without the use of your feet. They allow us to move freely, to stand, to walk, and to run. We are dependent, largely, on our feet to take us where we go. Ask someone who has the misfortune of losing use of their feet or legs, and they will quickly tell you what a blessing the use of our feet is.
Our feet are as complicated as they are important to daily life. Each foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints and a large number of tendons, ligaments, and muscles. This complex network of bone and muscle creates a large opportunity for problems to occur. Like anything, to continue performing well, feet need to be maintained. They need to be cared for and frequently checked on to make sure that they are in good shape.
Regular Foot Care
Little things like keeping toenails trimmed and wearing the correct footwear are things you can do yourself. However, as you age or should you become injured, you’ll want the help of a professional to care for your feet. There are things that a professional can do that you shouldn’t do yourself.
Podiatrists are highly qualified specialists in all aspects of the human foot, ankle, and lower extremities involving anything below the knee. Podiatrists go through years of schooling to receive their DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) degree. They then take four years of residency training to ensure they are fully experienced and qualified to treat foot problems.
Once licensed, a podiatrist may perform an of the following duties:
- Physical examinations
- Prescribe medicine
- Interpret diagnostic imaging
- Foot and ankle surgery
- Administer anesthetics or sedatives
- Set fractures
- Treat foot injuries
- Prescribe and fit corrective footwear
- Provide physical therapy
Although it may seem like podiatry is already a specialized field, the truth is that a doctor can become even further specialized. Doctors may choose to further their experience in areas like surgery, neuropathy, or diabetic treatments. The list of conditions that can affect the lower extremities is long and offers a wide variety of subject material for specialization.
If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, perhaps it is time to see a podiatrist. Milton Kondiles at Kondiles Chicagoland Footcare is a renowned podiatrist with a reputation for successful treatments.