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What To Expect on First Visit

At your first consultation, the podiatrist will:

  • Take a full medical history and carry out basic tests, such as checking the blood circulation and sensation in your feet
  • May look at the way you walk and move your foot, ankle, and lower leg joints
  • Assess your stability and fall risk
  • Discuss your concerns with you and then review the diagnosis and treatment plan

Many problems can usually be treated during the office visit, including the removal of hard skin, corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, sprains and strains, wounds and heel pain.

The session is usually completely painless (even pleasant) and takes 20 to 30 minutes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does a podiatrist do?

Podiatrists are healthcare providers who have been trained to diagnose and treat conditions of the feet and lower limbs. We can prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, prevent falls, relieve pain, and treat infections.

Why do calluses need to be trimmed?

Calluses form because of excessive pressure on an area of skin. A pivoting, twisting, or shearing force can tear the skin under the hard callus where it meets the soft skin underneath

Why do diabetics need annual foot exams?

Diabetes can have an effect on many different parts of your body, including how your blood circulates and how your body heals injuries. This is of special importance to your feet as they are the furthest point on your body from your heart and any sores should be taken very seriously.

How do I find a good pair of shoes?

We all have different feet but we all walk on the same hard and flat surfaces. After examining someone’s feet I can you and your family advice on how to care for your feet and provide education about the best types of shoes and shoe inserts to wear for foot health.

Why do toenails turn dark?

Toenails darken due to repeated damage to the toenail. Every time you’ve stubbed your toe, wore a pair of tight fitting shoes or had your toes stepped on your nail bed has been potentially damaged and that damage can add up over the course of a lifetime making the toenails change in appearance and can be a way foot fungus invades under the toenail.

What is athlete's foot?

Athletes foot is fungal infection that can start between toes and progress into moist skin that can peel or split causing irritation between the toes. If left untreated it can infect skin in between other toes, the bottoms of the foot, and other members of your household that share a shower area.

Why do my feet hurt getting out of bed in the morning?

A common cause of foot pain when getting out of bed is plantar fasciitis. Many people feel they are able to “walk it off” only to have pain return after they sit and resume standing.

What causes warts on my feet?

A viral infection can be the cause of warts. The virus infects the outer living layer of skin creating a painful sore on the foot . If left untreated it can grow in size, spread to other areas of your feet, and infect other members of your household that share a shower area.

 

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