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Preventative Care is Key to Good Foot Health

Preventative Care

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is our chance each year to remind you not only to schedule your annual mammogram, but also that preventative care is important for the care of your feet and ankles, too. Here are eight facts for you to know:

  1. Just like you see your physician for an annual checkup, you should schedule a visit with your podiatrist once each year. This is the best way to spot issues before they become problematic and to keep feet and ankles in great shape.
  2. A podiatrist is a medical specialist who has undergone years of rigorous training, including a hospital residency. This makes your podiatrist the best-qualified doctor to care for your feet ankles, and lower legs.
  3. When you see the letters DPM after your doctor’s name, that tells you that they are a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine – a qualified and licensed foot doctor.
  4. Many podiatrists are subspecialists. Areas of focus include pediatrics, sports medicine, surgery, and more.
  5. It is a common misconception that a foot doctor only sees older patients. In fact, a podiatrist cares for people of all ages, from babies to senior citizens.
  6. Your podiatrist has many options to relieve your foot pain. Non-invasive modalities including orthotics, custom shoe inserts prescribed and provided by your podiatrist, are usually the first – and often the preferred – choice as they can prevent the need for surgery. Orthotics can correct many issues with posture and gait and can provide the additional cushioning and support you need to be comfortable.
  7. Some illnesses can create particular side effects in the feet. Chief among these is diabetes. Your foot doctor is experienced in managing this risk. It’s especially important that anyone with diabetes establish a relationship with a skilled podiatrist for ongoing monitoring and preventative care.
  8. Joint disease including arthritis is common in the feet and ankles, which contain over one quarter of all the bones in your body. Of course, when your feet hurt, it can be challenging to determine the cause. Your podiatrist is skilled at diagnosing and treating foot pain.

Whether you have a concern about the wellness of your feet and ankles or it’s time for a checkup, we’re here to help.  Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule an appointment with Cook County podiatrist  Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM in our modern, comfortable Ravenswood office today.

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