People with chronic health issues like arthritis and diabetes typically deal with a lot of health issues. You might also develop foot health complications because of everyday situations like poorly fitting shoes, wrong socks, poor exercise techniques and injuries. A lot of people ignore their foot health because they have the mentality that the problem will somehow go away on their own. Sadly, when specific issues are ignored, they fester and get worse over time, and this compromises your mobility.
Here are three minor foot problems that you should not ignore and why seeing a podiatrist will help you get a fast resolution.
When You Are Starting Running As Exercise
Most people think that starting a new exercise routine is as simple as just picking the right shoes and selecting a track. However, there is a lot more you should do to avoid complications. Before you buy running shoes, you should understand your foot size, pronation and possible health complications that your features could predispose you to. For example, a person with a pronated foot will need a different type of support from their shoes than one whose foot is supinated.
You can only understand these features when you see a competent podiatrist and they examine and determine which shoes can best protect you from foot and ankle injuries as you run.
When Your Foot and Ankle Are in Constant Pain
The second way you can tell that it is time to see a podiatrist is when you have endless pain in the foot joints. If after running for a while, you have swelling accompanied by pain, see a professional about the problem. If the cause of the inflammation is not swelling, it could be that you are developing arthritis or that you have diabetes.
Only after a proper diagnosis can you understand and manage your problem and its symptoms.
When Heel Pain Is Limiting Your Mobility
One of the most common pains that people ignore is heel pain. It is normal when you over-exert yourself during exercise. However, if the pain is constant, it could be because of a heel spur. A spur is a bony growth that develops because of calcium deposits.
You will only solve the problem when a competent podiatrist has diagnosed the cause.
These are three common reasons to see a podiatrist. Remember that as long as you have a professional managing your foot health, you will not have to worry about long-term foot health complications.
If you have more questions, reach out to a local NDIS podiatry provider.
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