A podiatrist is a medical Doctor that specializes in the branch of medicine devoted to the study, health, diagnosis and treatment of foot, ankle and lower leg disorders. Foot problems can affect everyone, from the inactive to athletes, and depending on how you walk or run may cause referred pain across other joints and the lower back. Foot problems may also arise as the consequence of one of the many systemic diseases such as diabetes, kidney problems, arthritis, anemia and circulatory disorders.

Sometimes foot problems can be managed personally at home with heat, ice and rest, but when no relief can be found, it may be time for a trip to the podiatrist. Read on for more information on common reasons to see your local Podiatrist.

Pain in the lower leg, foot and ankle can result from a number of conditions. These include:

  • Blisters, which may be aggravated by skin friction against shoes.
  • Bunions that may become sore and swollen due to misaligned big toe joints and shoe aggravation.
  • Heel pain, felt particularly when there is too much stress on the heel bone.
  • Heel spurs, which are growths of bone under the heel bone, which may or may not cause pain.
  • Broken bones and wounds.
  • Swelling, otherwise known as an edema.

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