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Published on April 24, 2013

National Foot Health Awareness Month

Terence Pedersen, DPM
Avera Medical Group Podiatry Yankton

For many of us, our feet are the furthest things from our minds, both physically and mentally. We expect they’ll be uncomfortable at times, and we put up with it when they hurt. But healthy feet are fundamental to the quality of our lives.

Feet are wondrously engineered and often the indicators of our overall health, so we need to look after them. Signs of arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can all be detected in our feet. For these reasons and many more, we must ensure that our feet get the expert care they need and deserve at all stages in our lives.

Podiatrists are physicians, surgeons and specialists who are highly trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg. Podiatrists complete years of rigorous foot and ankle training in podiatric medical school and hospital-based residency training, making them uniquely qualified to care for this part of the body. Podiatrists should be an important part of your health care team.

Podiatrists can specialize in:

  • Surgery
  • Wound care
  • Biomechanics
  • Sports medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Diabetic care
  • Dermatology

Because feet are complex anatomical structures, all-in-one stabilizers, shock absorbers and propulsion engines that are instrumental to overall health and wellbeing, seventy-five percent of Americans will experience foot health problems at some point in their lives.

You should visit a podiatrist if you have:

  • Foot pain of any kind
  • Diabetes
  • Foot and lower-leg irregularities (including flat feet, bow legs)
  • Recent or recurring foot, ankle, or lower-leg injuries
  • Sores or infections
  • Circulation problems

For more information on foot and ankle services, please contact the Avera Medical Group Podiatry Yankton at (605) 655-1200.