It’s quite amazing to see the kinds of questions that people pose on internet forums about their health. Foot-related questions that we’ve seen include “What causes foot cramps?”, “What to do when your feet smell REALLY bad?” and the really amusing “Should people have their feet cut off at birth?”
While we think that last question was probably a joke, it’s true that some people have this idea that feet are not fit to be seen. The podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland are here to tell you that feet can be healthy and beautiful when properly cared for, and our lives would certainly be more boring and difficult if we didn’t have feet to carry us around to the places we like and need to go.
Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey have found that people turn to the internet for questions about their feet that they’re too embarrassed to ask a doctor. There are two points to make about this:
- Asking questions on some internet forum may be easy, but think about how unreliable the answers are going to be! Respect your feet by consulting a podiatrist with expertise, like Dr. Frey, formerly Chief Resident with the Cleveland Clinic and a foot and ankle surgeon with extensive training in sports medicine, diabetic foot care, and trauma and injury repair. Dr. Oltmann is experienced in diabetic reconstructive surgery, sports injury management with an emphasis on dancers, trauma to the foot and ankle, children’s foot care, and the treatment of bunions and hammertoes. What are the qualifications of random people who answer questions on the web?
- No question is so embarrassing that you can’t turn to us for answers. Feet are our business, and it’s our job and our privilege to relieve your pain and discomfort.
So what kinds of foot-related questions tend to be tough to bring out into the open? People are reluctant to seek treatment for conditions such as athlete’s foot, smelly feet, bunions, or tough calluses.
But if you’re having difficulty managing a condition at home, know that there is help out there in the form of shoe inserts, exercises, recommendations for proper footwear, and prescription medications that can knock out scaling, itching, and pain.
Don’t seek help from just anyone on the WWW. Make an appointment online or call our office in beautiful Solon, OH at (440) 903-1041 for prompt and accurate medical diagnoses and real solutions to your foot or ankle problem – even if you think it’s bizarre, weird, or embarrassing.