Veterans! Need a podiatry appointment? VBA Can help!
From rolling your ankle regularly, to experiencing shin splints, pain in the feet can be debilitating and frustrating! During military service, feet, ankles and knees take a beating! Heavy boots combined with carrying packs and the demands of staying fit through running drills, veterans more than most need to see a podiatrist once they’re discharged from the military.
So, with this in mind let’s jump in feet first and talk about 7 reasons you might need to see a podiatrist…
Occasionally having some swelling or discomfort in the feet is normal. Just ran a 10KM race? Stood on your feet for a few hours? Walked more than normal in a day? All valid reasons that your feet might be painful or a bit swollen. However, if you’re finding that ONE foot is swelling abnormally or frequently or you experience numbness or pain regularly, that is a really good indicator that something isn’t right with your feet!
2. Nail or Foot Fungus
“there’s a fungus among us 🍄” having something like Athlete’s foot or nail fungus can be itchy, unsightly and contagious! Left untreated they can cause infection and require serious intervention. Often quite easy to treat, but if you’re finding they’re a recurring issue, seeing a podiatrist can help with different medicines to help treat a fungus.
There are many reasons why you might be experiencing heel pain, and without seeing a professional to get an x-ray or ultrasound it can be an annoying debilitating issue. Seeing a podiatrist can help you determine the root cause and the best course of action.
4. Sprains, strains or breaks
Podiatrists are the experts here for lower extremities and it makes sense to see an expert when you suspect that something isn’t right. If you’re noticing that there is unusual swelling or pain see point 1.
5. Ingrown Toenails
Painful and treatable ingrown toenails will often require both a physical intervention, like cutting and removing the affected nail and a course of antibiotics. In extreme cases, surgery might be required to help remove the nail and prevent the ingrown toes from getting worse.
6. Bunions, corns and calluses
poor or restrictive footwear can contribute to the build-up of skin on the feet triggering bunions, calluses and corns. All of these conditions are treatable when working with a podiatrist, it may involve suitable footwear, therapeutic exercises and manual removal of callouses and corns.
There is a significant risk for foot and circulation issues when you have Type 1 or 2 Diabetes. As part of a prevention cycle, it’s wise to see a podiatrist once a year, even if you don’t have any issues to help with the prevention of ongoing problems. An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure with diabetes.
If you’re a Gold or eligible White card holder you will be able to access to a podiatrist at one of our clinics in South East Queensland!
We make it easy for Veterans to take control of their foot health!
Veteran Benefits Australia Partners With The Foot & Ankle Clinic Queensland.
Providing the latest in foot and ankle care, the team at the Foot & Ankle Clinic Queensland are part of a nationwide team of podiatry clinics. Combining the very best in clinical practice with the latest in modern podiatry services, you can rest assured that The Foot & Ankle Clinic Queensland team will take care of all your podiatry needs.
With locations in SEQ including, Loganholme, Morningside, Alexandra Hills, Enoggera, Ipswich, Helensvale and Bundall, register now for a call back to book!