Diabetes is a systemic disease that affects many different parts of the body, and therefore may requires several different practitioners to treat or manage. A podiatrist plays a crucial role and contributes to the management of foot health and prevention of amputations.
Issues with the toenails are some of the most common reasons for a trip to your local podiatrist. We see everything from nail blisters to heel pain come walking (pun intended) through our doors. Here is a quick list of some of the signs and symptoms of the common ailments that we see.
WHAT IS HAMMERTOE?
A toe that does not bend normally at the middle joint and points down in the shape of an upside down ‘V’ is called a hammertoe. It is usually seen in the second toe. At first, the toe will keep some of its flexibility and lie flat when barefoot, only appearing as a hammertoe when wearing shoes.
WHAT ARE ANKLE SPRAINS?
An ankle sprain happens when the ligaments in the ankle are stretched or torn. This usually affects the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. The ankle will be sore and possibly a little swollen because of the ligament damage. For serious sprains, the ankle will be very swollen, bruised, and too painful to walk on.
The universal shoe tying technique of a rabbit perpetually running around a tree works great when you’re 5. However, as most runners have experienced, shoes can be a source of discomfort and even sometimes pain.