Many of us take advantage of our feet and it’s only when we begin to experience pain or discomfort that we notice how much we rely on them.
Because problems with your feet are not necessarily life threatening, they often become ignored or overlooked. Often, it’s only when then pain begins to impact on daily activities that people seek help.
I’d like you to take 30 seconds out of your day to think about your feet and whether you have or are experiencing some of the 3 most common problems that can lead to serious issues if ignored:
1. An external growth on the foot is considered abnormal
If you begin to notice lumps and bumps on your foot such as a spur, cyst, soft tissue mass or extruded bone it is best to seek advice as soon as possible. Conditions like this, when treated early can be easily maintained but when left for prolonged periods it can develop into more a serious issue and often can cause severe pain.
- A dramatic increase or decrease in temperature or a numbness and tingling sensation in your feet
It is crucial to address the issue as soon as possible with your podiatrist. Symptoms like this can been a warning sign for conditions such as an infection, deep vein thrombosis or Charcot foot. Anytime you notice a change in temperature or numbness in your feet it is critical to seek help straight away.
- If you have diabetes or fall into a high-risk category
Anyone with diabetes, types 1 or 2 are at a risk of developing a variety of foot problems. Maintaining regular check-ups is the best way your podiatrist can monitor any changes with your feet and establish any underlying issues before they turn into larger problems. 6-month check-ups are vital
We use our feet every day so ignoring pain, hoping that it will go away, is simply not an answer. Foot pain and discomfort is not a natural feeling and you do not have to put up with it.
The Podiatrists here at Border Podiatry are highly trained professionals, their main objective is to diagnose and treat any type of foot pain you may have.
Inspecting your feet frequently and maintaining regular check-ups with your Podiatrist is the best way to maintain the health of your feet.
Book an appointment with one of our experienced Podiatrists on (02) 6024 5577 to discuss any concerns you might be having with your feet.
Keeping your feet happy 🙂