Chiropodists are health care professionals that deal with the care of your feet, although they may also deal with your ankles and lower limbs in general. Most people have healthy feet and are able to maintain their feet just by practicing good hygiene and trimming the nails regularly. However, there are some people who may need the attention of a chiropodist.
In particular, it is important to visit a chiropodist if you are diabetic, or if you spend a lot of time on your feet as part of your job. As you get older, you feet will go through a lot of wear and tear, and your body will go through changes that can cause chronic pain. A good Mississauga chiropodist will help with sports injuries, skin issues, ingrowing toenails, arthritis, bunions, musculoskeletal issues, flat arches and other issues.
Depending on the problems you have with your feet, it may be a good idea to get a referral to a chiropodist that specialises in treating the condition that you have. Chiropodists and podiatrists are part of the same profession, and in some parts of the world the two job titles are interchangeable, but the qualification “podiatrist” is one that is internationally recognized, and includes the ability to perform surgery and prescribe certain medications.
It is important that you take good care of your feet. Wear the right shoes for the environment you are in, always wear clean socks, wash your feet daily and try to keep them dry as much as possible. Do not wear high heels for longer than you need to, and try to spend some time barefoot each day to let your skin breathe. If you feel any pain or discomfort, do not ignore it. Be proactive about getting your feet looked after.