Being the physically furthest thing from our minds, we often ignore our feet. Many people don’t recognise how much their body relies on foot health and foot bio mechanics until something goes wrong and the whole body is suffering detrimental consequences.
Anyone who is well versed in general health will know that feet are the literal stepping stones to our health and well-being. They help us walk, they help us move and they keep our whole body functioning. A GP or doctor can assist with foot issue diagnostics, but when there is a serious or ongoing problem, a person should always consult a well-skilled and experienced foot professional – a podiatrist.
These are the main reasons a person should visit a podiatrist…
Suspected flat feet or structural issues
Fallen arches cause a shift in body force and can be detrimental to spinal health and also place unnecessary pressure on the back, knees, hips and even neck. A podiatrist will be able to diagnose flat feet or structural issues and introduce mechanisms to influence the foot architecture. Ongoing treatments and assessments with a podiatrist will ultimately lessen the issue over time.
Podiatrists are qualified to conduct small surgeries such as wart removal or ingrown toenail removal. In contrast to purchasing over-the-counter medicine or self-operating, it is always best to visit a podiatrist for these procedures.
Foot problems can have knock-on effects, including back pain. Studies have shown that pronating feet have a high chance of causing back pain.
A general assessment
Visiting a podiatrist is recommended for anyone who suspects their balance is off, has fungal foot issues or general foot pain. Many people don’t realise that they need to see a podiatrist until after they do. The orthotics, guidance or treatment they administer is life-changing, and podiatrists can even pick up on unrelated health issues such as heart problems or diabetes by assessing the health and circulation of the feet.
We now have a podiatrist at Encompass Medical Centre Mount Waverley.
Sam Besnek has worked in multiple clinics including public hospitals, community health centres and private practices.
Sam specialises in:
General foot care
Knee, foot, ankle, and heel pain
Ingrown toe nail surgery
PRP treatment for arthritic lower limbs
Contact us today for more information or to book a consultation with Sam at Encompass Medical Centre Mount Waverley.