Sunday, 8 August 2010
How healthy are YOUR feet?
This is why regular checkups with your podiatrist are essential for the health of your feet. Regular means every three months, unless your feet are in such perfect condition and can get away with a bi-annual visit. . Our feet do so much for us and we sometimes take them for granted, until you have a problem.
I went along to my local podiatrist recently for a check up and a question/answer session.
So what did I learn? Here goes:
What is the difference between a podiatrist and chiropodist?
In today’s terms they are both the same people. A chiropodist has a diploma in foot care, whereas a podiatrist has a degree in foot care. However, as the profession becomes more sophisticated they are merging into one.
What does a podiatrist do?
They treat a variety of foot problems, including disorders of the skin, nails and delicate small joints of the lower leg and foot.
A lot of foot illnesses go unchecked without regular visits to the podiatrist and because some of them just look like cosmetic issues, people can be unaware that they are carrying a potentially serious issue. For example fungus of the nail can present itself in so many different forms from yellowing or whitening of the nail to thickening or thinning of the nail. With all these possibilities see why a visit to the podiatrist is important?
• Keep toenails short. To just above the where your skin underneath and the nail form a seal. This is important to stop debris building up underneath the free edge, which can lead to infection and also to stop cracks and breakages of the nail itself. The big toe especially, takes the brunt of many knocks and a long nail increases the chance of painful breakages. Trust me I know, that’s why I’m sat in the podiatrists chair!
Quick Tip: after filing, remove nail dust and debris by using a medium strength toothbrush to clean around the sides and underneath the nail free edge.