At Feet Forward Podiatry, our experienced podiatrist, Wendy Pretswell knows all there is to know about foot health. Here are some of the most common questions she gets asked by her patients.
Q. What does a podiatrist do?
A podiatrist is a foot specialist, they do everything foot related from cutting toenails, to corns and callus, to treating heel pain, shin pain, toenail surgery to prescribing orthotics. Podiatrists have a degree, and are university trained to treat the lower limb anatomy.
Q. Why does my heel hurt?
By far the most common injury is plantarfascittis. People may say its a heel spur, but do you know 60% of people have a heel spurs without pain. Bottom line is its not the spur, its the attachment of the tendon getting inflammed. Inflammation at the heal can occur for a multitude of reasons, but it is best to book an appointment with your podiatrist to get thoroughly assessed.
Q. Do podiatrists removed hard skin?
Yes, we do! Hard skin or callus should be removed and the removal is painless. Hard skin can happen at any point on the foot.
Q. Why do I have a discoloured nail?
This could be a variety of reasons, this maybe a fungal infection, it may be a thick nail from trauma, it may even be secondary from a medical condition. Nail pathology are a plenty but it it always best to get it checked out by your podiatrist.
Q. When I get out of bed I can't walk?
Getting out of bed in the morning when your muscles are cold and your joints are stiff can be painful. Morning pain in the heel is very common, and may indicate plantarfascittis. Once you are warm and walking sometimes the pain can go away. However the pain isn't normal and can worsen. The faster heel pain is treated the quicker it takes to heal. Book a biomechanical assessment as soon as possible.