I broke my ankle about three years ago in a car accident. I followed all of the doctor's instructions as my ankle healed, but something didn't heal quite right. Two and a half years later, I was still having severe pain and my doctor couldn't figure out why. He suggested that I see a podiatrist to have it looked at more closely. It turns out that there is a lot more to an ankle injury than I had known. Scroll through my site to find out what can really happen to your ankle when it is broken and what could cause the pain to continue long after the injury is sustained.
Pregnancy can affect the whole body, and your feet are no exception. From swelling to pain, your feet can experience many changes throughout your pregnancy. Your podiatrist can be your partner in caring for your feet during your pregnancy and beyond. Here are three reasons for visiting your podiatrist while you are pregnant.
Recent research suggests that pregnancy can permanently change the shape of your feet. It is not uncommon for women to experience flat feet during pregnancy, and the change in your center of gravity can have an impact on the way you walk. These issues can lead to foot and ankle pain. Your podiatrist can help you with custom-made orthotics that hold your foot in the proper position as you walk, and if your pain is severe, he or she can prescribe other methods for dealing with the changes that can occur to your feet during pregnancy.
As your body changes, the distribution of your weight as you walk may also change. The wear on your feet can form calluses, which are a result of friction when you walk. They can cause some discomfort, and they are often unsightly. If you are diabetic or have gestational diabetes, you may want to talk to your podiatrist about potential complications that can result from the calluses. Your podiatrist can remove a callus from your foot, and he or she may recommend some different options for proper footwear that can reduce the chance of the calluses coming back.
Swelling of the feet and ankles is common during pregnancy, In some cases, your swelling may prevent you from being able to wear shoes comfortably. Your podiatrist can help you to find different courses of at-home treatment to help ease the swelling, and he or she can also look for signs of preeclampsia, which some types of swelling can be a sign of during your pregnancy. In some cases, your podiatrist may recommend wearing compression socks to help manage the swelling. Be sure to talk to your podiatrist or obstetrician before attempting to treat the swelling on your own, as you'll want to be sure that preeclampsia is ruled out as a cause of the swelling.
Caring for your feet during your pregnancy can help you to be more comfortable, and regular visits to your podiatrist can give you the tools you need to care for your feet properly. If you are pregnant, consider these reasons for planning a trip to see your podiatrist.Share
2 February 2016