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.