Sometimes it is easy to ignore a problem in the name of saving money, or just because you don’t have time. So at what point should one call a podiatrist? According to most foot specialists, the answer is sooner rather than later.

If you are experiencing actual symptoms of pain, including tingling, burning, numbness or loss of function of your foot for over a week, it is a good idea to see a podiatrist. Your condition may be the result of an injury, diabetes, too much weight being placed on your feet, an awkward walking technique or something unknown. A podiatrist should be your first stop in all cases.

Podiatrists are able to diagnose the problem through manual examination,  x-rays, ultrasounds and other methods then work out the best course of action for you. They can prescribe medications and orthotic devices.

If you put off seeing a podiatrist, there is the real possibility that you will make your injury or condition worse and, in your effort to save money, in fact make your treatment more expensive. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Not all podiatrist enquiries lead to medications or surgeries, however. In many cases, you will simply be prescribed new footwear or a custom insert for your shoes. The most common conditions that require orthotic solutions such as these are: flat feet, painful arches, painful heels, bunions, hammertoes, diabetes, and arthritis. If you are a walker in particular, it is important that you are wearing the right shoes for your feet.

The beauty of All Podiatry is that it is combined with The Shoe Co, a store that specialises in footwear for sore feet. Podiatrists with expert knowledge can therefore, recommend a particular shoe, insert or combination for you as you recover from an injury or surgery, or simply to improve your gait or foot efficiency. The Shoe Co offers footwear that is both comfortable and stylish. Even if you have no symptoms of foot troubles, The Shoe Co offers preventative footwear solutions for men, women and children. Visit the All Podiatry website today: www.allpodiatry.com.au .

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