"Podiatry has a lot of similarities to dentistry. Years ago, people went to the dentist only when they had a bad toothache. By this time, the dentist could only extract the tooth as it was so badly damaged. It is the same with podiatry. People only tend to go when there is a severe problem which can lead to long, drawn-out rehabilitative care or amputation. Most amputations start out as an ingrown toenail, a blister, discoloration, a small cut or swelling in the feet or ankles. This can all look so innocuous," says Jamaica podiatrist Angela Davis.
"Tackle these issues early on, and a lot of heartache can be avoided. Treat your feet like your hair or teeth. You have your teeth cleaned by a dentist or hygienist; if you damage a tooth, you have it repaired. Annual check-ups for your feet are exactly the same. Everyone should have some level of professional care when it comes to their feet. This is even more important when it comes to the vulnerable in our society, like the elderly and disabled," said Davis.
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotics Clinic.