Your feet are exposed to considerable stress from everyday use. Over time, progressive wear and tear can lead to foot problems.
Dr Jordan R. Stewart, Your podiatrist in Maryland plays an important role in maintaining mobility through ongoing monitoring of foot health.
Some of the limiting factors for proper self foot care include poor eyesight, difficulty reaching the feet, cognitive disorders, and general weakness.
These limiting factors make your podiatrist an integral part of your healthcare team.
Without proper care, you can experience various foot problems that can lead to poor quality of life.
Listed below are some of the more common instances where you may need a podiatrist in Maryland:
- Foot and/or ankle injury
- Diseases such as Diabetes, Peripheral Arterial Disease, and Peripheral Neuropathy
- Foot and/or ankle deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, and arthritis
- Skin disorders including toenail fungus, Athlete’s foot, corns, calluses, or rash
- Lower extremity wounds
- Pain with walking
- Indications for custom foot orthotics or custom ankle brace
- Inability to perform daily foot care such as cutting toenails
Below are some recommendations to minimize your risk of foot and/or ankle problems:
- Wear high quality supportive running or walking shoes.
- Let a podiatrist in Maryland evaluate you if you have risk factors such as diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, and peripheral neuropathy
- Avoid barefoot walking as often as possible
- Check your feet on a daily basis being sure to look between your toes
- Exercise regularly to minimize the risk of developing diabetes or heart disease and to control risk factors associated with these conditions if you already suffer from them. It is very important to stretch your lower extremities before and after exercise to reduce the risk of injury.
- Maintain a balanced and healthy diet
- Maintain proper body hygiene being sure to change your socks daily, cleanse your feet daily, and discard of old shoes
Your podiatrist in Maryland Dr. Jordan R. Stewart of the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center is qualified to examine your foot and/or ankle conditiions. All patients undergo a comprehensive foot, ankle, and lower leg examination to access for risk factors and establish a baseline condition.
Treatment plans are initiated to minimize complications associated with any risk factors. Treatment plans include and are not limited to patient education, custom orthotics, bracing, injections, routine foot care, referral to another medical specialist, laser therapy, in-office procedures, and in certain cases surgery.
Regular consultations and checkups with your podiatrist in Maryland Dr. Stewart are necessary for preventing and managing your foot and/or ankle problems.