Painful Feet are Never the NormReprinted by permission from PM News. PM News is available free by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
"Painful, achy feet should never be the norm," says Keith Rosenthal, D.P.M., a podiatrist on staff at Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood. "When patients experience foot pain that impacts their mobility or quality of life, it's an indicator that something is wrong and needs to be addressed, and the sooner the better," he adds. "Foot or heel pain affects the way you carry yourself and walk, which, if not treated, can result in further injury or pain that develops in your knees, hips and back." There are many factors that can cause foot pain; however, overuse and poorly-fitted shoes are often the leading culprits.
"Athletes and people who are on their feet for long periods of time often suffer from painful corns, calluses and blisters," says Dr. Rosenthal. While they can be uncomfortable, these conditions, which are caused by friction or pressure on the feet, are rarely cause for concern, unless you're a diabetic.
"Diabetics are prone to a host of serious foot problems, including ulcers and infections that can start with something as small as a cut, scratch or blister on the foot, and ultimately can lead to amputation," he explains. "Never pop blisters or trim corns or calluses on your own," he stresses, "particularly if you're a diabetic, because that can lead to serious infections."
Source: Howell Times [6/20/08]