Regular check-ups and early disease detection

May 31, 2021

Feet are flexible structures of bones, joints, muscles and soft tissue. They enable us to stand upright and enjoy activities like walking, running and jumping. Because your feet are furthest away from your heart, they often show symptoms of disease before anywhere else and can tell a podiatrist a lot about your general health.

This can be anything from nagging foot pain to something more serious, such as numbness. Gout, fungal infections, peripheral arterial disease, arthritis, iron deficiency, raynaud's, neuropathy, diabetes are examples of diseases that show early symptoms in feet. 

Everyone should get into the habit of taking good care of your feet and inspecting them daily. If you have trouble getting down to your feet, use a mirror or ask a family member or carer to have a look. Early detection will allow you to address any problems you find before they become big issues. 

Wearing footwear that is safe, appropriate and in good repair is also important, so give those a check too.

If you are experiencing pain in your feet and are worried about your health, it is best to come in for a check-up with a professional foot caretaker. Regular treatment by a podiatrist can help prevent common complications such as ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, fungus and/or cracked heels. We can also give advice on supportive footwear and what kind of socks to wear.