At some point in life most people will suffer a foot or ankle problem, these problems are caused by activity, aging as well as genetics. A Chicago podiatrist is healthcare specialist, who deals with problems associated with the feet, ankles and lower legs, offering medical solutions as well as preventative care. It can be confusing at times which specialist to see for a given ailment, let’s have a look at what you can expect from a podiatrist.
Nails: Toenails can be used to determine your overall health. A change in your nails can indicate a fungal infection, poor circulation, trauma, etc. Ingrown toenails can be difficult and very painful to self treat and if the condition is not dealt with properly, it will continue to occur. A general practitioner might prescribe antibiotics but this will not get to the root cause, a podiatrist is expert at developing an effective treatment plan to solve the problem once and for-all.
Skin problems: People who’s feet are habitually red and itchy and the skin is dry and scaly often have a fungal infection or a dermatological problem. A good example of a fungal problem is plantar warts. This condition is easily spread where the conditions are warm and moist and where there is a tendency to walk barefoot such around a swimming pool or common shower. Plantar warts look similar to a small cauliflower, if you see this on your feet you should consult with a Chicago podiatrist. Other skin problems that a podiatrist can deal with are corns and calluses; these are symptoms of excessive pressure on the feet, often caused by ill fitting shoes.
Flat feet or fallen arches: When you stand and the entire sole of your foot touches the floor, you have flat feet or fallen arches. In many cases flat feet occurs when the arch of the foot fails to develop during childhood, in other cases the condition can develop after a foot injury or simply old age. Flat feet themselves are not painful but they can cause pain in your ankles and knees due to an alteration in the alignment of the hips. Treatment for flat feet varies depending on the severity and pain. When there is pain associated with the condition the Chicago podiatrist will suggest rest and ice which reduces swelling, prescribe pain relief medication, design a specific orthotic device such as shoe insoles or turn to one of a number of surgical solutions.
A Chicago podiatrist can treat all major foot and ankle problems including deformities and problems associated with diabetes. You are invited to discuss your foot and ankle problems with the professionals at Kondiles Chicagoland Footcare.
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