How Much Do You Know About Your Foot Health?

Like much about health care, a great deal of foot health is within your control. Becoming aware of the symptoms of illness, infection, and injury can help keep you safe. Here are five fun questions for you to test your knowledge.

  1. True or false? My doctor can take care of my feet. There’s no need to see a specialist. False. Like other specialists, your podiatrist is a medical expert with years of training and experience and is the best-qualified medical professional to care for your feet, ankles, and lower legs.
  2. True or false? Foot pain is a normal and inevitable sign of aging. False. You don’t have to live with discomfort in your feet, ankles, or lower legs. A board-certified podiatrist like Cook County foot doctor Stavros O. Alexopoulos can diagnose and treat the source of your pain.
  3. True or false? The skin on my feet should not appear different from the skin anywhere else on my body. True. The skin on the feet should be soft, supple, and the same color as all the rest of your skin. Itching, redness, and flaking are all signs of fungal infection.
  4. True or false? There’s nothing to be done about a broken toe. False. If you have fallen or stubbed your toe, and you are concerned about a possible fracture, you should see your foot doctor as soon as possible. Treatment is available, including medication for pain and swelling, taping, splinting, and immobilization.
  5. True or false? My shoe choices impact foot health. True. High heels can lead to bunions, hammertoes and other issues. For everyday use, choose a pair of comfortable, sensible shoes with a roomy toe box and low, chunky heel. Worn out running shoes can lead to foot pain and injuries. Replace them every 500 miles or six months, whichever comes first.

Take the first step toward healthy feet, ankles, and lower legs. Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment with Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM today.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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