Many people take their
foot health for granted—until a disabling injury or progressively worsening
pain interferes with daily life. Since the foot is a complex structure
that is susceptible to a vast range of health problems, it’s best
to take your concerns to a doctor of podiatric medicine. These foot specialists
have advanced training in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect
the foot. Your podiatrist can also provide lifestyle guidance to help
you keep your feet healthy for your lifetime.
Myth: Walking around barefoot is not harmful.
Being barefoot may be natural, but it’s not without its risks. Foot
doctors strongly recommend wearing properly fitted, supportive shoes to
reduce the risk of injuries and infections. Walking around without shoes
leaves you susceptible to cuts and scrapes, as well as fungal and bacterial
infections. These problems are particularly dangerous for people with
compromised immune systems or blood circulation disorders. Some diabetics
develop foot problems that are so severe that the foot has to be amputated.
Wearing shoes inside and outdoors is a simple way to prevent foot health problems.
Myth: Foot pain is inevitable for people with active jobs.
If you’re on your feet all day long, you might return home with tired,
aching feet or perhaps with sharp, stabbing pain in your heel from plantar
fasciitis. Foot pain may be common, but it’s also often preventable.
For help navigating your busy lifestyle, you can turn to a doctor of podiatric
medicine. Your podiatrist can evaluate your walking gait and recommend
the best shoes to wear to work or to the gym. Custom orthotics are another
specialty of foot doctors.
Myth: The majority of foot health problems are not serious.
The feet are susceptible to a broad range of problems and many of them
are relatively minor, including corns and calluses. But for many patients,
foot health problems can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications.
Patients with diabetes, for instance, can support their longevity by including
a podiatrist on their diabetes care team. Podiatrists also frequently
treat serious conditions like compound fractures, tumors, and deformities.
When you have a foot health issue, you can put your trust in
Dr. Stanley Zawada, who has been board-certified by three distinct podiatric medicine organizations.
At Family Foot Center of Whitestone, you’ll receive personalized
attention and specialized care for your unique foot health concerns. Call
us today at (718) 767-5555 for more information.