Podiatry -- the medical treatment of feet -- is an overlooked aspect of general health, but one that should receive more attention. After all, many people spend all day at work or at home on their feet. A lot of people also experience pain daily in their feet while walking or running, but assume that it's completely normal and continue on, only to further damage their feet. So if you've been experiencing foot pain for some time and haven't done anything about it, it's time to visit a podiatrist. Keep reading to discover three ailments that a podiatrist can help you with.
Are you experiencing tingling, burning or general numbness in your foot? While there may be a perfectly mild medical explanation for these sensations, they may also be caused by something more serious. One of these causes is neuromas, which are growths -- either tumors or clusters of nerve tissue -- that can cause significant discomfort or pain in the foot. While these growths are benign, they still need to be treated as soon as possible. Delaying treatment (which can include surgery) may complicate the problem and require a prolonged recovery period during which walking and running are impossible.
If you have pain in your foot that is concentrated in your heel, you should see a podiatrist immediately. The pain in your heel may be temporary, but it may also be caused by something called a heel spur, which is a protrusion of bone that can cause a great deal of discomfort. The pain may also be because of a tendon that is inflamed and is being further irritated by running or walking. In order to receive correct treatment that can reverse these symptoms, make an appointment to visit your local podiatrist.
One of the most common problems people face when it comes to the health of their feet is the buildup of dead skin, usually referred to as a callus. In addition to being unsightly, calluses can become painful if allowed to build up over a long period of time. Fortunately, a podiatrist can help to lessen the pain caused by this buildup, usually through cortisone shots (to reduce feeling in the immediate area affected by the calluses) or by using a surgical knife to carefully remove the layers of callus. Both these solutions are totally painless and allow the patient to walk or run again with ease.
Contact a center like Allied Ankle & Foot Care Centers PC to learn more.