Podiatrist examining patients foot

A podiatrist is a medical professional devoted to the treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle, to improve people’s mobility, independence, and quality of life. Our feet play a crucial role in our daily lives, so why not make sure that they are in the right condition, so it doesn’t affect our overall well-being? You go to the opticians to check your eye health, and to the dentist to check the health of your teeth. So, considering you walk and stand on them every day, why don’t you refer to a specialist to check your foot health? 

Don't wait for the pain to get worse

Many people don’t visit a podiatrist until they are suffering with a serious foot or ankle condition, by which point they may be in excruciating pain. Given the wide range of conditions that podiatrists treat and manage, here are a few reasons why someone might consider seeing a podiatrist: 

  1. Foot pain or discomfort – foot pain can significantly impact the quality of life and may indicate an underlying condition that may require treatment. While there are off-the-shelf products you can buy that help to improve foot pain, such as the Silipos Soft sock Gel Socks, if pain persists it is vital you see a podiatrist to reduce the risk of it developing. 
  2. Foot deformities – there are many foot deformities including bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet that can impact the function of the foot. A podiatrist will be able to provide guidance on how to manage such conditions and offer treatment to help. 
  3. Ingrown toenails – ingrown toenails occur when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain and inflammation. Podiatrists can safely trim the ingrown toenails and provide recommendations of products and treatments to prevent recurrence. 
  4. Sports injuries – athletes are prone to foot and ankle injuries due to the physical demands of sports injuries. Podiatrists can diagnose sports injuries and supply the treatment plan to promote healing and prevent injuries. 
  5. Diabetic foot related problems – people with diabetes are at risk of developing foot complications, such as neuropathy and poor circulation, which can lead to foot ulcers and other conditions. Algeos supplies podiatrists across the country with specific insoles to help people with diabetes manage and prevent conditions relating to the disease, including diabetic foot ulcers. 
  6. Arthritis – arthritis can affect the joints in the feet and ankles, causing pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. Podiatrists can offer strategies for managing symptoms of arthritis and may recommend orthotics or other devices to support the feet and reduce discomfort. 
  7. Ageing feet – as we get older, the shape and structure of the foot changes, and this can cause instability that leads to falls. Podiatrists can also help with general footcare that may be difficult in older people who cannot reach their feet. 
  8. Footwear recommendations – research has found that nearly 30 million people in Britain have damaged their feet by wearing ill-fitting shoes. Consulting a podiatrist on the best type of shoes for your feet is beneficial to ensure you don’t end up with chronic pain. 
  9. Ankle or foot fractures – as experts in all things ankle and foot related, if you think you have a fracture in your ankle or foot, podiatrists are your go-to for diagnosis and rehabilitation. From mobility aids to orthotics, podiatrists can prescribe a plethora of devices and therapies to aid recovery. 
  10. Verruca’s and corns – verruca’s, also known as plantar warts, are bumps caused by a viral infection. Corns, on the other hand, are patches of hardened skin caused by prolonged or excessive friction or pressure to the area. While they are both small, they can cause significant pain or discomfort, so it is best to visit a podiatrist to get them sorted as soon as possible. 

At Algeos, we are passionate about footcare, and proud to supply podiatrists across the world with the tools they need to keep people moving every day. If you have visited a podiatrist and want more information or competitive pricing on any recommended products, please contact us.