How to Choose the Right Foot Health Professional
As April’s “National Foot Health Awareness Month” comes to a close, we want to provide our patients and perspective patients with the best information possible to make informed decisions about your foot health.
Did you know that a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM, can diagnose, treat and help prevent foot diseases and conditions. They ay also provide toenail care and maintenance and works with people with diabetes and other medical conditions who have foot issues. In addition, they can perform surgery and often prescribes special footwear.
Here are some helpful tips for choosing the right foot DPM:
- If you have unidentified foot pain, or foot pain that you suspect is coming from a particular location, especially if the pain is particularly severe or persistent.
- If your feet have patches of red, or streaks of redness and swelling.
- If you have an ingrown toenail or nail fungus, especially if the area around the toenail is swollen and appears to be infected.
- If you have any severe trauma to the foot due to a fall or other accident, and you suspect you may have a broken bone, strain or sprain. If it is severe, please go to the emergency room.
- If you have been given a prescription for special accommodative or corrective footwear—for example, inserts or orthotics.
- If you need gait analysis, help with proper sizing, fitting and selection of footwear—including activity-specific shoes and padded socks–or custom modifications to inserts/orthotics or shoes.
- If you have diabetes, and especially if you have neuropathy (loss of sensation) in your feet, see a podiatrist regularly in addition to your regular medical professionals. Team care has proven to be the best approach for managing diabetes.
We can provide so many services that one may not always think of a podiatrist. Please see www.thinkfeet.com for all our wonderful services! We hope to be of service for any of the lower extremities to ensure you’re putting the best foot forward for the sake of your foot health.