- Foot ailments are among the most common
of our health problems, yet are often the direct result of a lifetime of
abuse and neglect. Many serious foot problems can be cured or at least
managed, but they often go untreated because people mistakenly believe
that discomfort and pain are normal. Here are just a few of the many
reasons why it's important to see your Podiatrist for regular checkups.
- The average person will walk 115,000
miles in his/her lifetime. 75% of Americans will experience foot
problems at some time in their lives.
- Women are three times more likely to
experience foot problems than men. Certain conditions, if untreated, can
cause painful foot deformities which must be corrected surgically.
- The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000
steps a day. Each step exerts a pressure as much as three to four times
a person's body weight on the feet. During an average day of walking,
the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons. Your
Podiatrist can help your feet remain healthy and pain-free despite hard
- Diabetics are especially vulnerable to
serious foot problems because of the reduced circulation and diminished
sensitivity to foot pain which often accompanies Diabetes. If not
properly cared for, even small problems like cuts or cracks can develop
into serious conditions such as ulcers or even gangrene.
- Several systemic diseases are sometimes
first detected in the feet. Included are Kaposi's Sarcoma, an
AIDS-related illness; diabetes, certain circulatory disorders, anemia,
and kidney problems. Gout, a particularly painful and debilitating form
of Arthritis, often attacks the foot joints first.
- Hereditary deformities, if diagnosed
early enough, can often be corrected or managed in a way which will
prevent them from becoming crippling conditions later in life. For this
reason it is especially important that your children's feet be
professionally assessed at birth.
- Even simple ailments like corns and
calluses, if improperly diagnosed and treated, can lead to severe
discomfort. Improper or inappropriate use of home remedies, or even
over-the-counter medications, can turn a small problem into a big one,
or worse yet, mask the symptoms of a more serious condition.
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