If you have been reading this blog, then you will know that I am an avid hiking enthusiast. I have discovered this new hobby some years ago and it has since become a lifestyle. The problem with hiking is that it is quite an intensive sport. You really need to be able to take on physical hardship for many days in a row if you are to stand a chance on even the most easiest of hiking trails. I have greatly improved my condition and my stamina in recent years. But if you aren’t careful, like I haven’t been in the past few months, then you can develop some serious health issues with your feet.
In the past, I have already suffered from plantar fasciitis, which required me to go see a podiatrist in Rochester, New York, which is where I am living these days. I really love to go hiking in the nearby Catskill region and I do this a lot. Sometimes I go on my own, and sometimes I take my girlfriend with me. But one thing that I haven’t taken with me, but definitely should have, is a good pair of hiking shoes. Mine were completely worn down but I went ahead and hit the trail anyway. Now I am starting get get plantar fasciitis again. I have also developed bunions, calluses and there’s an ingrown toe nail coming my way as well.
With all these foot problems currently developing in my poor little feet, I have to go see an NY, Rochester foot specialist in order to help me out with my problems. Because if you let stuff like this linger, then you are sure to developer much more serious problems in the long run. People… if you are reading this (and I know you are)… please learn from by BIG mistake. Don’t ever neglect your foot health. Don’t let it come to the point where you need to get medical help from a professional podiatrist. Because as much as I like my own podiatrist, getting treatment from him is fairly expensive. Thankfully my insurance covers about half of it, so that’s a relief.
A lot of my friends have asked me why I am not seeing a regular doctor, or even a general practitioner. They wonder why I need to go and visit a Rochester podiatrist in New York instead. The reason is simple… the human feet are very complex machines. They consist of no less than 26 bones, all of which are connected by tendons, ligaments and muscles. They can turn in all sorts of directions, which makes them very flexible. And they need to be, because they need to support our weight and take us from A to B for many decades in a row. Unfortunately, their complexity also makes them very prone to becoming injured. A regular doctor will not always know what to do with a serious foot condition, so therefore you have to go see a podiatrist when things are starting to get way too bad.
The best podiatrists are always the freelancers in my personal experience. The reason for this is simple… if they weren’t experienced and really good, they would not be able to operate their own practice. It requires a big investment and also a big set of balls in order to open up your own private clinic. You better believe that a privately owned foot doctor clinic knows how to deliver quality. My own podiatrist has no less than 25 years of experience under his belt. He’s fast approaching his sixties, so that means I’ll be able to visit him for almost ten more years before he retires. Then I will have to find a new favorite podiatry right here in Rochester, NY.
So what exactly can a podiatrist do for you? They can do a whole lot, really. Podiatrists are allowed to prescribe medication, for example. So let’s say that you have a really painful foot conditions (such as bunions and calluses and whatnot) and you are having these removed through cryosurgery. Then you might have a bit of pain afterwards, so then a podiatrist can prescribe you industrial strength pain killers, which are way more effective than the over the counter stuff that you get at your local quick-e market.
I know what you’re thinking… you heard me say ‘cryosurgery’ and are wondering what it is, right? With cryosurgery, stuff like warts and bunions can be frozen and cut clean off. That way, it doesn’t really hurt a whole lot. And the biggest upside is that you won’t need a local anesthetic. Isn’t that really neat? Anesthetics kind of suck, because who in his right mind would want to have all those chemicals pumped into their body? Not me, that’s for sure.
A podiatrist can also help you out with a cast in case you need one. Some people are unfortunate enough to break an ankle and now they need to have it set and casted. A podiatrist helps people with their feet all day long. He knows exactly what needs to be done in order to fix that problem right up. My podiatrist in Rochester, New York, can also take X-rays of your foot. So if you hop in there with an injured ankle, then the foot doctor can take a look at the situation by X-raying your feet and then he will be able to determine whether you have simply sprained your ankle, pulled a muscle, dislocated a bone or actually broken one. Once he has established what exactly the problem is, he will be able to help you in the most appropriate way possible, so that you can start healing as efficiently as you possibly can.
So if you ever have the same kind of problems that I am now having, and you are reading this (and you live nearby), then by all means… leave a comment or drop me an email. I can easily recommend you a really great foot and ankle specialist in Rochester, NY.