5 Reasons To See a Podiatrist

A podiatrist is a medical professional who specialises in the treatment of conditions which affect your feet. Below is a guide to 5 common conditions which require the care of a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

If you are experiencing pain in your feet, it could be the result of a wide range of conditions. Bunions, heel spurs, pulled muscles, tendons or ligaments or tendons and arthritis can all cause pain and discomfort. A podiatrist will be able to diagnose the cause of the pain and offer suitable treatment options. If you are experiencing foot pain, it is vital that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible to prevent the condition from worsening and causing other health problems.

Fungal Toenails

If you notice that your toenail has become thickened and discoloured, this is a sign of a fungal infection. A podiatrist will prescribe an anti-fungal solution which can be painted onto the nail to treat the problem.

Bad Odours

The leading cause of bad foot odour is excessive sweating. You can wash you feet every day and change into clean socks in an attempt to tackle sweaty feet. After washing you should ensure that you dry your feet properly to prevent the regrowth of odour causing bacteria. However, if the problem persists, you should contact a podiatrist, who will be able to prescribe a medicated antibacterial soap which will help to tackle the problem.

Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is caused by a fungal infection. Symptoms of athlete's foot include cracked and itchy skin which can sometimes peel and blister. The fungal infection is often contracted when using public showers or changing rooms. To help to prevent infection, you should wear flip-flops or sandals when using public baths. If you have been infected, your podiatrist will be able to prescribe an anti-fungal power which will help to treat the problem.

Ingrowing Toenails

Ingrowing toenails happen when the sharp edge of a toenail comes into contact the surrounding toe tissue. As the nail continues to grow, it can break the surface of the tissue and become embedded. This can lead to pain, swelling and inflammation. If left untreated, an ingrowing toenail could become infected. Your podiatrist will be able to cut the nail while also using cotton wool to lift the nail clear of the surrounding tissue.

If you have any concerns about the health of your feet, you should contact a podiatrist.