The benefits of regular visits to the podiatrist

Just like regular check ups at the dentist or visits to the chiropractor to maintain your bodies health and vitality, visits to your local podiatrist are an excellent way to manage and prevent pain in your feet. Podiatrists are experts at dealing with foot problems such as injury, illness or foot stress. Maintaining the health of your feet will not only benefit you in the long run, but it is also an effective way to manage the pain you may be experiencing in other areas of the body. You may be surprised to know that other areas of the body may be experiencing aches and pains due to the state your feet are in. Regular check ups will benefit:

Nail Health
The toenails protect the tips of our toes and can be affected by injury and infections. Your reliable podiatrist will be able to help you prevent nail problems such as the dreaded ingrown toenails. This is when the corner of the nails grow into the surrounding skin, and are often caused by shoe pressure, poor foot structure or a fungal nail infection. Fungal nail infections develop over time with the nail becoming thick and discoloured. With regular visits your podiatrist can prescribe you the right treatment to prevent it from becoming worse.

Prevention of Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot is another word for tinea which is the result of a fungus that commonly occurs when your feet are confined from wearing tight fitting shoes. But as it is highly contagious, patients may also experience it by coming into contact with contaminated towels, clothing or surfaces. Your podiatrist will be able to spot the common symptoms and give you advice on the best treatment or preventative options.

Back Pain
As everything in your body is connected, back pain can be a result of how we stand and the condition of our feet. Imbalance around the foot area can cause a realignment in your posture and other muscles throughout the body. Any issues in the feet will essentially affect your movement and muscle function, potentially causing disruption to day-to-day life.

Stress Fracture
Stress fractures in the foot will generally cause pain, swelling and tenderness in patients. Many find that it improves with rest, however it is important all concerns are seen to by a professional podiatrist. While it is common in athletes who have a lot of pressure placed on the bones in their feet, it can also be caused by wearing unsupportive footwear.

How TFC can help:
Are you looking for a reliable podiatrist? The friendly team at The Foot Clinic can look after you. We strive to provide the best possible care and advise of the best treatment options for you. So give one of our friendly staff a call and book your appointment today.