Did you know that from 15-21 October 2018, The Australian Podiatry Association was celebrating Foot Health Week? This is an important time to promote podiatry and to remind all Australians about better health outcomes from doing proper foot care as well as knowing where they can get podiatric help if they need it.
What are podiatrists?
Podiatrists are foot health specialists who study a degree at university and learn how to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs. Some of these conditions often arise from other underlying health issues such as diabetes or arthritis.
People do not usually pay much attention to their feet until problems become apparent. For most of us, feet are usually the last part of the body we think to take care of. But let’s just think about how important our feet are…
Did you know that your feet hold 25% of the bones in your body? Did you know the average person walks up to 128,000 kilometres in their lifetime (this distance is equivalent to three laps around the world)?
Each foot has a total of 26 bones with 33 joints and more than a hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments. This makes our feet extremely exposed to injuries and diseases that can affect the entire body.
As podiatrists, we not only look at your feet but carry out different assessments to diagnose foot conditions, identify systemic overall health conditions that present with foot or lower limb symptoms and recommend an appropriate treatment plan for you.
So, if you are suffering from pain or tiredness in your feet, ingrown nails, corns, calluses, skin rashes, foot odour, foot injuries or broader health problems such as diabetes or arthritis, recurrent tripping or falling, are having problems fitting comfortably in your regular shoes, or if you notice swelling, lumps, or redness on your feet or legs, then it is time to see one of our experienced podiatrists!
Call us on (02) 9680 3646 to book an appointment.