You will definitely have heard of the cliché and oft told advice – “prevention is better than cure”. And no matter how cliché this advice is, the fact that it holds much truth to it hasn’t changed over the years. Health is something that can be easily lost, and as we known how much of a bother it is to get an illness or a disease, we tend to fly to the doctor’s office at the slight feeling of something amiss (but again, there are those who prefer to let nature take its course, but that’s another story). And when it comes to health, of course, we mean the health of your every organ and limb – and naturally, your foot is also included. However, the case tends to be that the foot is sometimes ignored unless you get an unbearable pain, which is why I have decided to list some good reasons to pay a visit to the podiatrist.
So then, what are some good reasons to pay a visit to the foot clinic in Melbourne?
• You’re having pains in the foot and ankle – anything that you believe to be a broken bone, a sprain or strain, as well as inflammations, pains in the ankle joints and just about any other pain in your lower extremities is a good reason to visit the foot doctor.
• You have ingrown toenails – an ingrown toenail is when the nail of a toe grows inwards into your skin. Ingrown nails are quick to cause infections of all sorts, and in worst cases, may need to be removed completely.
• You have corns/calluses – the thickening of the skin under your heel or toes is called a callus in the former case and a corn in the latter case. They’re both good reasons to visit the podiatrist, because they will get much more painful if you just let them be.
• You have a bunion – a bunion is basically a deformation of the foot; it is the painful bump you get just at the base of your big toe. Remember that bunions will get worse and more painful unless you treat them swiftly!
• You have athlete’s foot or any other fungal infection – athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the foot characterized by the itchy and scaly feeling you get in between the toes of your foot. If you think you have athlete’s foot, your first course of action will naturally be to get over-the-counter medication from the pharmacy. However, if the scaly and itchy feeling persists for more than two weeks, then it’s time to visit a podiatrist.