Podiatry Tips You Won’t Hear From The Podiatrist

When visiting the podiatrist, there are a few things you most likely won’t learn. You should probably learn these key facts before arriving at your appointment. For instance, try to buy the right athletic shoes for your feet no matter if you only walk for exercise. You should also consider getting your feet measured whenever you buy shoes at the store. Also, if you get regular pedicures you should most likely try to make your appointment for as early in the morning as possible so that you have a better chance of getting clean equipment.


Tip 1. Whenever you go into a shoe store, you should ask the salesperson to measure your feet. As you age, your feet will most likely get bigger as you age. You need to take time to get your feet measured in order to ensure you are buying the right size.

Tip 2. You might think that your feet will always smell, but the good news is they don’t have to. Just like you you use antiperspirant, you can use the same kind of thing on your feet. Try a spray that will relieve odor and last a long time- basically throughout the day. Also, try not to wear the same shoes every day. Alternate the shoes you wear so that the ones you wear the most have time to dry out.

Tip 3. Be careful if you usually get pedicures at the nail salon. Bacteria can live in the basins or foot bath drains for an unusually long time. These foot baths in particular can be germy and cause you to get foot infections. You need to be careful when making your appointment times for a pedicure. In fact, try to make an early morning appointment- one of these first ones if you can- so that you’ll ensure the equipment is cleaner.

Tip 4. Even if you solely walk for exercise, you should buy your shoes at a specialty running store. The employers can test your gait and inspect your feet in order to know exactly which shoes are right for you.

How To Prepare For The Podiatrist

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, although a large number of Americans (47%) have foot ailments, only about 26% actually go see a podiatrist in order to alleviate or even address the problem. You might be one of these Americans who have ignored or avoided dealing with your feet problems and therefore, haven’t visited the podiatrist. Before you show up at the podiatrist’s office, you’ll need to prepare for your appointment. In order to prepare do the following:


Make sure to prepare for your podiatry appointment ahead of time.

– Create a list of what foot symptoms you might have and which questions you would like to ask

– Bring the list of medications you are on and any surgeries you might have had in the past

– Get together your medical records and any tests you’ve had done in the laboratory in any hospital or doctor’s office (this might be X-rays, MRIs, and labe results)

– Talk to your insurance company about whether or not a referral is needed

– Let the podiatry office know about any special needs you might have

– Take a close friend or a family member with you in case you are anxious or worried

During your visit make sure to have a discussion about any questions you might have and ask for further information if you don’t understand something. Pay close attention to what your podiatrist says about your specific condition and talk to him or her about any symptoms you might be enduring. Being as specific and honest as possible will help your doctor prescribe the best treatment or medicine for your condition. Also, be clear about any allergies you have and how to take the medicine your doctor prescribes you.

After your visit, make sure to follow the podiatrist orders and find out what exactly you need to do and possible side effects and how long it will take to see results. Next, set up a follow-up appointment before you leave the office. Also, prepare for any tests that your podiatrist might need you to take and find out when the tests results will be available. Keep track of the test results and make sure to call your doctor about the state of your results. Follow

The Power Of Podiatry

A group of students in England recently exhibited the power of podiatry extends far more than the doctor’s table.

According to an article posted in the Hartlepool Mail, a professor and a group of his students from New Durham College visited the Crisis Center in Newcastle, England to provide foot care and information to a group of 40 homeless people.



And they didn’t show up empty handed; the author writes that the students brought fresh socks, creams, and medical supplies to the shelter, materials which had been donated by groups including Robinson Healthcare and DLT Podiatry.

The homeless who were in the center were given basic foot care treatments, like bathing, nail care and specific foot advice and treatment suggestions.

Elizabeth Fenwick-Donaldson, a student with the group, told reporters at the Hartlepool Mail, “It was a fantastic experience as we are not likely to come into contact with homeless people in our regular clinical sessions at college… Volunteering at Crisis has helped to remove the stereotypical image many of us had of homelessness. I would recommend that any student offered this opportunity in the future to seriously consider getting involved.”

According to the author, another student, Terri Ponder, said of the experience, “This voluntary work has been very beneficial to me as a training practitioner. It was a great opportunity to use the skills and knowledge I have gained on my course and also to reach out to patients who may not otherwise have access to this kind of health care.”

The students not only left the group with excellent care and free treatment consultations, but, as a treat, each of the homeless at the Center were given a brand new pair of socks.