Studies show that 75% of people experience foot ailments at some point in their lives, but many don’t seek medical attention until the problem becomes more severe.
Podiatrists are often called upon by other physicians and health care professionals for consultation and treatment of foot problems which can be experienced by everyone from children to seniors. A referral from your family physician may or may not be required to see a podiatrist.
Examination of children’s feet is an integral part of podiatry. Frequently, children have structural imbalances of the feet that may go unrecognized and can lead to other deformities and imbalances within the skeletal system. When detected early, these imbalances of the feet, some of which are related to the bone structure, are treated so that a sturdier foundation can be provided for the later years.
At the opposite end of the scale, care is required for many foot problems commonly seen in seniors. This can include anything from routine palliative care of unmanageable toenails and calluses to diabetic ulcerations and infections.