They're your tootsies, your dogs, your piggies, but whatever you call them, feet are an important part of you, but when they hurt, it’s time to consult an expert. A podiatrist that is.
Locally, the good news is that Bendigo Primary Care Centre and Bendigo Foot Clinic have partnered to give you better access to podiatrists when you need them.
If your foot’s sore, you’re friends say you’re walking funny, or you just can’t seem to stand wearing your shoes, there is good news for your feet, and National Foot Health Week is the very time to have a bit of sympathy for those tootsies of yours.
Bendigo Primary Care Centre is proud to announce its partnership with Bendigo Foot Clinic
Our feet are home to a quarter of the bones in our entire bodies — in addition to various muscles, ligaments and joints. That’s a fair amount of bones that can get into a fair amount of trouble and bother you.
Podiatrists are foot health experts who are university-trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs.
Often, these conditions stem from a host of underlying health issues such as diabetes, stress fractures and arthritis. Podiatrists are all around you, and they work in both public health centres and private practice clinics.
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Your podiatrist will not just look at your foot, but will carry out a biometric assessment to see how your gait can be impacting other parts of your body, such as your hips. (Your gait is the way you walk and stand.) Podiatrists totally understand the structure and movement of the foot and lower limbs.
They are able to diagnose foot conditions, identify systemic overall health conditions that present with foot or lower limb symptoms — and recommend appropriate treatment plans.
If you are experiencing pain in your feet, ingrown or discoloured skin/nails, corns, skin rashes, foot odour, foot injuries, broader health problems such as diabetes or arthritis, recurrent tripping or falling, problems fitting comfortably in your regular shoes; or if you notice swelling, lumps, or redness on your feet or legs, best make an appointment with a podiatrist. Sore feet are not a normal side effect from everyday activities, so do seek out professional advice.