How A Podiatrist Can Help With Your Foot Problems

Foot problems are common, and many times, they clear up on their own. However, if you have a sore that won't heal or pain that doesn't go away in a few days, it could be best to see a podiatrist. The doctor can diagnose your problem so you know what you're dealing with and then recommend the best treatment. Here's a look at some ways a podiatrist might help with common foot problems.

Prescribe Orthotics 

Orthotics are pads or insoles that fit in your shoes. They help a number of foot conditions, such as gait problems, flat feet, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and toe problems. The doctor might recommend a brand and type you can buy from a drugstore, or they might make custom orthotics for you that fit your feet perfectly for the best therapeutic effect.

Teach You Taping

Your podiatrist might recommend taping for some foot conditions, such as plantar fasciitis and tendonitis. Since you may need to apply new tape each time before you run, you'll need to know how to apply it yourself. Some tape can stay in place for a few days, but you'll still need to learn how to apply the tape properly if you need to use it for the long term while your foot heals from an injury.

Provide A Brace Or Splint

Some foot conditions might need a brace or splint for treatment. You might need to wear a soft brace at night while you sleep to help plantar fasciitis. A toe brace might be worn if you have a bunion or turf toe. An ankle brace can stabilize your ankle and help with your balance.

Perform Medical Procedures

A podiatrist can perform quick medical procedures in the office. This might include cutting out an ingrown toenail, removing a plantar wart, providing ultrasound heat therapy, performing shock wave treatments, or even giving PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections.

Analyze Your Gait

If you have a lot of problems with foot or back pain, your podiatrist might analyze your gait. They can do this with the help of computerized equipment that shows the part of your foot that bears most of your weight. They'll also learn if you walk and stand with your weight on the outside or inside of your foot.

Knowing this information helps the podiatrist choose orthotics or custom shoes to help compensate for a gait problem or uneven legs so the strain is relieved from your body and you have less pain.

A podiatrist can help with any problem that affects your feet and ankles, whether you need surgery or quick treatment. Seeing a podiatrist after an injury helps you heal properly, and getting help with a sore or infection is important for protecting your feet when you have diabetes.

Contact a local podiatrist to learn more.