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FAQs From Schussler Footcare Centers

Do you want to know more about podiatry? We’ve gathered a few of the most frequently asked questions from the patients who visit our Clarksville, TN, office. Hopefully, you’ll find these helpful!

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What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a medical specialist who provides treatment and diagnosis of ankle and foot problems. These include bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, corns and calluses, ankle sprains, heel spurs/pain, neuromas, warts, and more. To become a podiatrist, you must complete undergraduate medical school training as well as a graduate school for a doctorate in podiatry. A podiatrist is required to take state and national exams and complete licensing in the state in which they practice.

When Should I Call a Doctor?

If you are having foot or ankle problems, you may need to call a podiatrist. Please call our office if you are experiencing one or more of the following:

● There is a noticeable change to your skin or toenails.
● You are experiencing persistent pain in your ankles or feet.
● Your feet are severely cracking, peeling, or scaling.
● You have blisters on your feet.
● You have signs of a bacterial infection.

What Are Some of the Most Common Fungal Problems?

The most common fungal problems with feet are athlete’s foot and fungal toenails. A fungus is a common mold that thrives in warm, dark, moist areas. On feet, it can grow on and between toes, as well as on toenails and soles of the feet. Different factors including, environment (heat, humidity, socks, and shoes) or weakened immunity, can cause fungal problems.

Acute fungal infections are seen more in children, while chronic fungal infections are most common in adults.

How Should I Care for My Feet?

If you have foot pain, don’t ignore it! If the pain is persistent, be sure to contact your podiatrist as soon as possible. Pay close attention to changes in temperature and color, look for discoloration or thickness in your toenails, and check for cuts or cracks in the skin.

Make sure to wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes. Be sure to dry your feet thoroughly.

How Should I Care for My Feet When I Exercise?

It is a good idea to consult with your physician before you start any fitness regimen. This includes a foot exam.

Find a pair of sneakers that are appropriate for the activity you are doing. For example, if you wear running shoes for an aerobics class, you can sustain ankle or foot injuries. Your sneakers should fit properly with orthotics if you wear them.

Socks matter, too. Look for socks that are the right size, suited for your activity, and that are moisture-wicking.

What Types of Shoes Should I Wear?

Regardless of the style, your shoes should fit well. Ill-fitting shoes can cause bunions, calluses, hammertoes, and other disabling foot problems. Look for durable construction.

Buy shoes later in the day, when your feet are at their largest. Remember that sizes vary by brand, so judge by fit rather than the marked size.

Make an appointment for 3D custom prescriptive orthotics!
Shussler Footcare Centers
1762 Memorial Dr
Clarksville, TN 37043

Monday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday - Sunday – Closed