Things To Know About Podiatrists | The Podiatrist and yourfeetnz

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1. When Should I See a Podiatrist?

We all experience foot pain at some time in our lives. But when does foot pain require a trip to the podiatrist’s office?

Today we explore podiatrists’ medical training, the common conditions they treat, and when patients should make an appointment to visit one.

Podiatrists specialize in a wide variety of fields such as sports medicine, pediatrics, wound care, and diabetic care.

Some foot or ankle pain resolves quickly with basic at-home remedies like rest, icing, elevation, or over-the-counter medication. When these options fail to relieve the pain in a day or two, it’s time to consult The Podiatrist.

Patients who participate in high-impact activities such as ballet dancing, running, walking, and sports such a soccer, tennis will benefit from The Podiatrist’s expertise in the prevention and treatment of lower extremity athletic injuries including sprains, fractures, tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis.

Anyone who notices redness, swelling, increased warmth, or a change in the shape or appearance of the feet, skin, or toenails should make a podiatrist appointment right away.

In addition, The Podiatrist should check any unusual bumps, lumps, moles, cysts, or tumours on the feet or ankles. Often these growths are harmless, but sometimes they’re a sign of life-threatening cancer.

Diabetics who experience numbness in their legs may not realize when they injure their feet due to loss of feeling. If undetected and untreated, these injuries can lead to serious complications. All diabetics (or anyone with decreased sensation in their legs) should have a podiatrist check any ankle or foot problem immediately.

In any patient, foot wounds may become serious very quickly. Diabetics are especially at high risk. It is common for diabetics who don’t seek care promptly to develop severe infections or gangrene, leading to amputation of a toe, a portion of the foot, or even the whole leg.

2. What conditions do podiatrists treat?

Consult a podiatrist if you experience any of the following symptoms.

Pain may be the result of:

• Arthritis
• Blisters
• Bunions
• Broken bones
• Heel spurs
• Ingrown toenails
• Plantar fasciitis
• Shin splints
• Swelling
• Wounds or sores that will not heal

Unusual growths may be:

• Blisters
• Bunions
• Corns or calluses
• Heel spurs
• Neuromas (benign tumours)
• Warts

Colour changes such as redness, a blue/purple colour, or paleness could indicate:

• Decreased blood flow
• Infection
• Vein problems

Skin irritation could indicate:

• Athlete’s foot
• Diabetic ulcers
• Gout

Numbness, burning, or tingling might mean:

• Diabetes
• Neuropathy (reduced sensation)

Changes in the shape of your foot or ankle may point to:

• Flat feet
• Hammertoe
• Muscle or joint problems

Final Thoughts
Patients often regret waiting longer than they should have to visit The Podiatrist’s office. Delaying treatment can result in unnecessary discomfort.
Calling The Podiatrist’s office promptly for an appointment is the best way to avoid unnecessary pain and complications.

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About Your feet and podiatry with Caron Orelowitz | Registered Podiatrist - Auckland

Caron Orelowitz was born in Johannesburg and emigrated to New Zealand in 1997. She studied Podiatry at The Witwatersrand Technikon and was in private practice in South Africa for a few years, before setting off to ‘the other side of the world’. Auckland Podiatry. Since 1998 she has been helping people of all ages who have problems with their feet, from the elderly, to sports people, and those who just want some TLC for the feet. At present she has 5 practices (with a satellite Diabetes Practice out West Auckland), owns a children’s shoe shop (Scooters in Remuera), and tries to fit in some exercise when time permits. Caron is an active member of Podiatry New Zealand (NZ), and holds the position of Treasurer for the Auckland Branch, as well as representing the Northern Region on the Executive Council. She is registered under HPCAA (Health Practitioner Competency Assurance Act), and is often seen attending (and organizing) Seminars and workshops. Caron has a special interest in Paediatrics and can often be seen on the floor showing children some exercises. ACC registered Discounts for Super Gold Card Holders, members of Grey Power and Green Prescription participants.

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