There are many reasons to schedule an appointment with your doctor, dentist, or optometrist, but why should you bother seeing a podiatrist when you have a perfectly good general practitioner? Because of a podiatrist’s unique training, they can help you feel better and stay healthy.
In order to treat diabetes and maintain your health, you’ll need a team of physicians. A podiatrist will be able to watch for and treat foot ulcers that often occur when a person has diabetes. These open wounds can happen at any time. It’s important that you protect your feet by always wearing socks, even in your home. If you can, you should wear well-fitted shoes that don’t pinch your toes or rub your heels. Your podiatrist can also teach you how to care for your toenails so that you don’t cause problems with your feet. Because diabetics often lose feeling in their feet, they don’t know when they’ve sustained an injury. Your podiatrist can help monitor the nerves and their ability to respond. When you have a podiatrist on your team, you reduce the chances of amputation caused by diabetes by 85%.
There are several surgeries a podiatrist can perform in his or her office. One of those is removing ingrown toenails. If you’ve suffered from these painful growths, then your podiatrist has a procedure that will stop it from happening. By burning part of the toenail with a laser, the cells that produce the ingrown nail are killed. It is perfectly safe and the results last a lifetime.
Your podiatrist can also remove warts, corns, heel spurs, calluses, and bunions. Because they specialize in foot care, you know you’re getting the latest in medical procedures. When you call to schedule an appointment, be sure to specify the reason for your visit and ask if there is anything you need to prepare or bring. The more you work with your podiatrist, the healthier you will be.