When you experience a foot injury, or if you’re planning a big change in your exercise routine, are you best off taking care of things yourself, seeing your regular general practice doctor, or going to a specialist podiatrist?
The truth is it depends. Your situation is unique. As you decide what to do, these are reasons why you might consider seeing a podiatrist:
Say you’re considering running a half-marathon in a few months, after years of little physical activity. You’ve grown sick and tired of not being in shape or as healthy as you could be.
That’s an opportune time to see a podiatrist because they can analyze your feet and ankles and prevent future problems from ever happening. They can recommend the right orthotic or athletic shoe that helps you reduce wear and tear and can decrease the chance of a severe ankle sprain, for example.
Podiatrists understand how to treat painful nail conditions, foot or ankle sprains, shin splints, fractures and more. Seeing an expert for your foot or ankle injury can lead to quicker diagnosis and faster recovery – potentially with fewer trips to the doctor.
Yes, whenever you hear about going to any kind of doctor, you immediately have some anxiety about the costs. Let’s be honest: going to your podiatrist will cost you money.
But, you may actually save money in the long run because of their expertise in solving your foot problems. Other physicians may not perform the procedure you need, or end up referring you to see a Podiatrist any way. Less visits can mean fewer Co-Pays and less money out of your pocket.
Individuals with Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s, or people who have suffered from strokes, often times develop associated foot problems. Preventative care can help keep potential problems in check. Visiting with your Podiatrist before complications arise can help you stay active and on your feet.
So, those are the most opportune and beneficial times you can see a podiatrist.
Do any apply to you?