Podiatry helps you walk the walk

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With all the walking, running, standing and dancing we do, we really should see a podiatrist to ensure our feet are in top condition. But despite all the foot bashing (no thanks to gravity!), our feet are often the most neglected part of our body. In fact, we probably visit our optometrists and dentists more often than we visit a podiatrist! This continued oversight is detrimental to our overall health and wellbeing.

Podiatry & podiatrists 101

Podiatry is beneficial for people of all ages and all walks of life. Podiatrists diagnose, treat and prevent problems of the foot, ankle and lower limb. From rolling our ankles playing sport, to a sibling experiencing some tingling in his feet, or our gran hiding her bunions with bright summer sandals, podiatry can help!

The table below shows the 5 areas in which podiatrists can provide professional advice and treatment. They may also give us at-home strategies that help prevent and improve any ongoing issues.

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Podiatrists can perform small surgeries, for example on chronic ingrown toenails. Some podiatrists undertake rigorous post graduate training and education in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery to become podiatric surgeons.

Watch your feet!

It’s recommended that we see a podiatrist annually and more if you have high risk conditions like hypertension, diabetes, cancer, obesity or lower limb arthritis.

You should also see a podiatrist if you notice any changes in your feet, ankles or lower limbs. Some examples include:

  • foot odour
  • ingrown or discoloured toenails
  • injury or pain
  • calluses, corns or skin rashes
  • ulcers or foot bumps and lumps
  • redness, swelling or colour change

If you’re in need of some foot TLC, Avaana can connect you with the right podiatrist for you. During your appointment, a podiatrist will examine your foot and use specific tools and devices to help treat and diagnose any foot and lower limb conditions. Most podiatry consultations will take place at a private practice with home visits available for the elderly in nursing homes.

Ruby O'Brien is a Melbourne-based blog writer for Avaana. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Media and Communications at Swinburne University, and has a keen interest for journalism. Ruby is also an avid health nut and is very passionate about holistic/natural health.

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