International Podiatry Day comes around every October 8, and it’s our chance to emphasize the importance of foot health. Most people take their feet for granted – until something in that vast network of bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, sweat glands, toenails, and skin goes wrong.
Bones break, muscles pull, nerves tingle uncontrollably, tendons and ligaments become weak or inflamed. Sweat glands overact, blood vessels get blocked, nail beds get infected, and skin refuses to heal. Every one of these problems can sideline you from your favorite sport, prevent you from wearing shoes and walking comfortably, and may even cause you to turn down invitations because it’s just plain hard to get around.
That’s no way to live! Fortunately, podiatrists can help you with foot or ankle problems that prevent you from living healthy – problems such as:
- sprained ankles
- numbness or tingling
- ball-of-foot pain
- permanently bent toes
- excessively sweaty or smelly feet
- circulation problems
- diabetic foot complications
- joint pain
- ingrown toenails
- sports injuries
Just as a cardiologist specializes in heart problems and a pediatrician focuses on children’s health, a podiatrist knows your feet and ankles best. We receive extensive training, like any other doctor. Podiatrists attend medical school, receive the designation “DPM,” which stands for Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine, and attain state and national certifications and licensing.
Our experienced podiatric surgeons, Dr. Craig B. Frey, Dr. Megan L. Oltmann, and Dr. Jim Swienconek, are licensed in the state of Ohio to treat whatever foot and ankle problems are keeping you from living your best life. Call Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland in Solon at (440) 903-1041 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We offer a modern office with the latest technology for podiatric patients in Portage, Geauga, Cuyahoga, and Summit Counties, proudly serving our patients from Solon, Aurora, Bedford, Chagrin Falls, Hudson, Macedonia, and Twinsburg.