Diagnosing your heel pain

understanding your heel painHeel pain is a common problem affecting millions of individuals every day. The pain ranges from mild to chronic and is easily worsened by daily activities. Seeking out the exact diagnosis of your heel pain can be difficult, but is paramount to ensuring a speedy recovery.

As a patient, you won’t be able to diagnose your heel pain accurately. However, you should be as educated as possible about your condition, so you can take necessary precautions before your appointment to ensure you don’t worsen your symptoms.

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Managing your foot psoriasis

remedying your foot psoriasis symptomsPsoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that affects nearly 3 percent of the world’s population. The condition is present in many different areas of the body but is commonly located on the feet. Individuals with foot psoriasis experience a wide variety of symptoms, including cracked and itchy skin, bleeding, and flare-ups.

Your quality of life is jeopardized when you start showing symptoms. Simple tasks such as walking, running, or wearing shoes can be excruciating. If your condition affects your work, it could lead to a financial burden as well. Don’t let foot psoriasis control your life.

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Remedies for cracked heels and dry feet

fix your dry heels and cracked feetOur feet take a serious pounding. The average person in the United States takes over 5,000 steps per day, with busier days sometimes resulting in twice that many steps. It makes you wonder why foot health is often overlooked when we rely on them so heavily.

One common foot issue that many experience is dry feet, which results in skin cracking on the heels and other areas of the foot. The skin on our feet has no oil glands, instead relying on sweat glands to keep feet hydrated and moisturized. When combined with other medical conditions like diabetes or athlete’s foot, the pain can be debilitating.

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Oh, baby: foot care during your pregnancy

foot care while pregnantAn upcoming addition to the family is the most exciting time, but also one that means a lot of changes for the new mom — both emotionally and physically.

During pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes changes that often lead to pain in the feet and lower extremities. Weight changes alter the center of gravity and place increased strain on the feet. Swelling during the third trimester can also cause serious foot pain and difficulty walking. Hormonal changes can cause ligament laxity, which can put additional pressure on the feet and lower legs. Many pregnant women suffer from extreme foot and lower body pain, particularly during the later stages of pregnancy.

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What’s the difference between a podiatrist and a medical doctor?

When you’re hurt or sick, you know you should see a doctor, but what about when you hurt your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Is it wise to go see a regular medical doctor (MD)? While an MD is certainly capable of providing you an adequate level of care, the best foot and ankle treatment  is provided by a podiatrist (DPM, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine).

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