Happy and Healthy Feet

Written By: The Lowdown - May• 31•13

Northern 2011 09 10 DSC_5138Many people suffer from problems with their feet which can often cause further problems with  ankles, knees and backs. Feet problems usually go away with time, rest, ice, anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) and shoe gear changes. But sometimes these problems won’t go away, and that’s when you need a podiatrist’s help and expertise.


Podiatry is the specialised medical field which deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of problems and conditions associated with the foot.  The treatment extends to ailments and dysfunctions associated with the ankle, knee and lower back. Treatment includes but is not limited to rectifying conditions associated with diabetes, ingrown toenails, wound care, specialized pedicure, ortheses for toe correction, prostheses (artificial toes), tailor-made insoles, shoe adjustments and general footcare and advice.


Diabetes and circulatory problems are often present together. The danger is that due to the reduced circulation the healing process is affected. Any injury such as a cut, sore or blister can lead to a bad infection. Because the healing process is now slowed, any infection can be potentially dangerous. Often these infections lead to hospitalisation and sometimes amputation.
People with diabetes and circulatory conditions need to pay close attention to their feet and seek the care of a podiatrist immediately if any problems arise. Secondly, many diabetics will also suffer from a condition known as neuropathy. Often the feet will experience numbness that can affect just the toes or, in more severe cases, the entire foot. Since these patients have reduced feeling in their feet, any cut, bruise, sore or blister can lead to ulceration and ultimately to infection. They are also more likely to have these problems since there is little feeling in their feet. Therefore vigilance is of the utmost importance. A minor cut that is not noticed for a week coupled with reduced healing capabilities can lead to dire consequences. Diabetics should check their shoes for any objects before putting their feet into them. They should check the bottoms of their feet daily to insure there are no cuts. Lastly, they should visit their podiatrist regularly for footcare and check ups.


The good news is that Lusaka now has a podiatrist. For more information or a check up please call or email Podiatrist Ms. S. Roesink, Tel: 0974 901-066, Email: podiatrylsk@gmail.com or call Corpmed for an appointment.

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