When it comes to addressing their overall health and well being, few people put their best foot forward. But, according to Brooklyn, NY–based podiatric surgeon Dr. Allyssa Knowles, not paying attention to one’s feet can have serious consequences. While broken toes, sprained ankles and foot conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, may readily come to mind when many people think of foot-related disorders, Dr. Knowles says that many more serious health conditions can first present themselves in the feet.
|Dr. Allyssa Knowles
“A great percentage of the time when patients come to me [suspecting] that they have a foot condition, it turns out to be in relation to some other systemic disease,” Dr. Knowles said. “It happens much more often than you may think.” In fact, Knowles says there is a direct correlation between systemic diseases and podiatric care that is often taken for granted.
Source: Sheena Butler-Young, Footwear News [3/31/17]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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