Your Foot Health Quiz
Do I Need To See A Podiatrist?
A regular appointment with the Podiatrist is not something that we tend to do unless our feet are hurting, though we wouldn’t dream of missing a regular Dental appointment to help prevent future problems. Caring for our feet, making sure they are healthy and in good condition will pay dividends in the future just as much as a trip to the Dentist.
How do you know if you need to see a podiatrist? There are several ‘red flags’ that it is wise to be aware of. If you have diabetes, or a history of diabetes in the family then caring for your feet is essential. Most adult amputations are caused by poorly cared for feet in those who suffer from diabetes. A regular visit to the Podiatrist can help prevent this by ensuring that there is no invisible damage to the feet or injuries that you cannot feel because of neuropathy.
As we get older our feet are more susceptible to problems and while good personal care goes a long way to keeping your feet healthy, they do sometimes need a little more help. Arthritis and Rheumatism often come accompanied by thickening nails, corns and calluses all of which need to be treated properly.
If you are involved in any sport or physical activity, or plan to start, your feet may need extra support. Having the right shoes that will support your feet is important – proper running or golf shoes for example will not only keep your feet healthy but make it easier for you.
If you are unsure about whether or not you need t see a Podiatrist you can take our simple quiz to see if there are any warning signs you should be aware of. The quiz covers the basic points of good foot health and is in no way a substitute for a proper consultation with your Doctor or podiatrist but it will give you an indication of potential problems. It only takes five minutes and could save you future problems.