One of the most frustrating things for medical practitioners is to have a patient come in with a serious complication that could have been prevented or at the very least addressed early, before it got really bad. It happens all too often. Maybe we take our feet for granted or because we can hide them in our shoes, delays in treatment of foot problems are common. Where it becomes most serious is in people with impaired sensation and/or circulation of their feet. In these people, something as simple as a callous or improperly trimmed toe nail can become a limb or life threatening situation. Unfortunately, I have seen my share of these situations in 26 years of practice. But, I have also seen the benefit of regular foot care and proper foot wear in preventing or at least limiting the severity of these complications. Regular foot care and treatment of common problems is the best course of action to prevent limb and life threatening complications for those with neuropathy or impaired circulation. Also, many other foot and ankle conditions are easier toe treat and have a more rapid recovery if treated earlier. The moral of the story: see me sooner rather than later! If you haven’t been to see me in a while, call the office today to schedule a check up. I will make sure you are on the right track for optimum foot health.
Dr. Paul “Preventionist” Betschart