Whether they occur as a result of an injury or some other underlying health condition, foot and ankle problems can be debilitating. Pain, discomfort, and difficulty in moving can restrict a person’s possibilities and have a negative impact on their quality of life. Many of us have a tendency to ignore a problem until it either resolves itself on its own or becomes so bad that we end up doing ourselves further damage that could have easily been avoided if we had not been so stubborn. Read on for a list of conditions for which it is wise to get seen to by a reputable Sydney podiatrist before they develop into something more serious.
- Mystery Foot or Lower Leg Pain
Some foot and ankle pain can appear without warning. Inflammation involving the complex configuration of bones, ligaments, and tendons in the foot and lower leg region can be painful and worrying. The pain is usually caused by something in your daily routine that is in some way, creating wear and tear. If you are suffering from this, you see a podiatrist as soon as possible to eliminate the risk of further aggravating the condition and causing it to become a chronic problem.
- Persistent Toenail Problems, Calluses or Corns
Common foot complaints that are the source of pain irritation, such as ingrown toenails or fungal nail infections, calluses and cracked skin on the heels, and corns on the toes, can be greatly helped by a trained podiatrist. A medical professional will be able to offer simple and effective advice, often prescribing medication and providing practical directions on the right choice of socks and footwear, which will get you back on your feet in no time.
- Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that manifests in inflammation and pain in the heel and arch of the foot. The condition can make it painful to walk and is often associated with tight hamstrings and calf muscles. A good podiatrist will be able to manipulate the muscles and tendons through specialized massage techniques, offering many patients at least some immediate relief. They will then be able to set you an individualized stretching routine that will make it possible for you to take charge of your own healing process.
Caused by wearing shoes that are too tight which do not offer free movement for the toes, bunions can be extremely painful and unsightly. Modern footwear (especially women’s footwear) severely restrict the natural movement of the toes and complex interaction of bones in the foot, often leading to complications such as bunions. A podiatrist will be able to offer useful advice on how to alleviate the immediate pain and swelling. They will also recommend the correct type of footwear to purchase that should for the condition.
Foot and ankle pain can make life a misery. Do not rest on your laurels before opting to make an appointment with a podiatrist. It could be the best decision you have made in years.
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