Who is a Podiatrist?
Some of the conditions podiatrists treat include those resulting form bone and joint disorders such as arthritis and soft-tissue and muscular pathologies as well as neurological and circulatory diseases.
Podiatrists are also able to diagnose and treat any complications of the above which affect the lower limb, including skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrowing toenails.
Why do feet need specialist care?
Our feet are very complex – they house a quarter of the bones in the body, as well as a network of muscles, ligaments and joints. They are also vulnerable to injury and disease; there are over three hundred identified foot aliments.
While our feet suffer wear – by the age of fifty, our feet have lost up to half of the shock-absorbing capability of the natural foot pad – they cannot be replaced like a pair of shoes.
Quick Facts About Podiatry
See a podiatrist if:
It is recommended to see one of our friendly podiatrists at Casey Foot Clinic if:
- You have pain in your feet
- You are on your feet all day
- You have skin and nail problems (ingrown or discoloured toenails, corns, skin rashes)
- You have foot odour
- You have a foot injury
- You have health problems such as diabetes or arthritis
- You have recurrent trips and falls
- You have problems getting shoes to fit comfortably
- You have have lumps or bumps, bunions or misshapen toes
Podiatry for Children
Children’s feet are still forming and are quiet fragile. They can be damaged easily by shoes and socks that are too small. Early examination of children’s feet is a preventative measure.
Uneven shoe wear; skin rashes, lumps and bumps on the feet; pain in the feet or legs; frequent tripping and falling are all signs of potential problems which is why early examination is very important.
The importance of finding the right shoe for you.
Our feet wear an enormous burden of daily living. Even through simple day-to-day activities such as standing and walking, our feet can be injured if not properly supported.
Choosing shoes that will fit well is an important part of caring for your feet. Finding the right fit ay mean you have to look at a few different styles to accommodate your particular foot shape.
There is no such thing as the one perfect show. Feet come in many shapes and sizes, and are involved in many activities. Generally though, when you buy a new pair of shoes, its important to make sure:
- They fit you properly
- They are supportive for the kind of activity you engage in
- They do not cause damage to you feet or hurt you in any way
- 3/4 of people experience serious foot problems in their lifetime.
- The foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles.
- 1/4 of all the bones in the human body are down in your feet. When these bones are out of alignment, so is the rest of the body.
- Only a small percentage of the population is born with foot problems.
- It’s neglect and a lack of awareness of proper care – including poor fitting shoes – that bring on problems.
- Women have about four times as many foot problems as men. High heels are partly to blame.
- Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It also contributes to your general health by improving circulation, contributing to weight control and promoting all-around well being.
- Your feet mirror your general health. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet – so foot ailments can be your first sign of more serious medical problems.
- There are 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet. Sweat glands in the feet excrete as much as a 500 ml of moisture a day.
- Walking barefoot can cause plantar warts.
- About 5% of Australians have toenail problems in a given year.
- The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 185,000 kilometres over a lifetime. That’s enough to go around the circumference of the earth four times.
- During the first year of a child’s life their feet grow rapidly, reaching almost half their adult size.
- By 12, a child’s foot is about 90 percent of its adult length.
- When walking, each time your heel lefts off the ground it forces to toes to carry one half of your body weight.
- Cigarette smoking is the biggest cause of Peripheral Vascular Disease (disease of the arteries of the feet and legs) that often leads to pain on walking, ulceration, infection and the most severe cases – gangrene and possible amputation.
- Around 40 percent of AUstralians will experience some form of foot problems in their lifetime. Foot disorders in the elderly are extremely common and are the cause of much pain and disability, and consequent loss of mobility and independence.
- Children’s feet grow rapidly in childhood, often changing sizes in months
- Children’s feet will reach almost half their adult foot size by the age of 18 months.
- Up to one third of children aged between 4 and 6 years of age suffer from “growing pains” in the feet and legs.
- An estimated 10-20 percent of children have flat feet (flat feet in children are not necessarily a problem but if they are causing pain, affecting mobility or interfering with activities, they should be investigated.)
- By the time we reach 50 we have lost up to half the shock absorbing capacity of the natural foot pad