The American Podiatric Medical Association found through their survey that seventy-seven percent of Americans report experiencing some form of foot pain. One third of those surveyed who said they had foot pain aid mentioned seeking the care of a podiatrist. Additionally, half of the respondents who suffer from foot pain say this pain happens to have an effect on their daily activities.
Among participants who visited a podiatrist, 88% reported getting a quick diagnosis and 76% said that they were provided an effective treatment or care. One third of the respondents who sought out care said their podiatrist was able to alert them of other medical concerns, such as circulatory issues, nerve issues, or diabetes.
If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, seek help from a podiatrist like Dr. Jeff Wachtel, D.P.M., of Wachtel Family Foot Care. Dr. Wachtel can provide quality care to keep you pain free and on your feet.
What is a Podiatrist?
Someone would seek care of a podiatrist when they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as: heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems etc.
A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:
- physical therapy
- perform surgery on lower extremity fractures
- orthotic inserts or soles
A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.
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