My feet are killing me! How many times have you heard that, or even said it yourself? Do you know that sometimes, it’s true?
The American Podiatric Medical Association calculates that 47% of Americans suffer from some form of foot ailment, many of which can be life-threatening if not properly cared for.
Arthritis, back and knee injuries are the big three of orthopedic conditions. They are the number two reason for all physician visits and are the leading chronic condition reported by the elderly.
Symptoms include pains, aches, soreness, limitation of movement, weakness, and swelling to the musculoskeletal system. While some are caused by diseases and injuries, a surprising number are caused by poor foot care, including wearing shoes that don’t fit properly.
Don’t Suffer in Silence
There are very good reasons to consult Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, founder of Podiatry Associates, P.C. if you have some sort of musculoskeletal impairment. First, conditions that cause you to become less physically active bring considerable increases in a whole shopping list of concerns such as cardiovascular problems, digestive troubles, including diabetes, and less obvious issues such as depression.
Second, structural problems with your muscles, bones and connective tissues don’t heal themselves; they only get worse. And things that happen in one area of your body can significantly impact other areas, particularly when they are connected like your feet, ankles, knees, and hips are. Since we walk upright on two feet, those appendages play a crucial role in our overall health.
Minor sprains and strains may heal on their own, but ripped tissues, genetic deformities, and grinding bone sockets won’t. You run a considerable risk of serious, life-changing incapacity if these conditions aren’t fixed.
Third, is that it’s a quality-of-life issue. If you have a condition that prevents you from enjoying the things that matter to you, you’re short-changing yourself.
Now For The Good News
Orthopedic procedures are among the most rapidly-evolving in medicine. Things that used to take hours of surgery under general anesthesia and months of painful recovery are now done as minimally-invasive outpatient or day-surgeries. Some can even be treated non-surgically with things like custom orthotics. Much of the advancement has come about as a result of athletic organizations wanting to protect the mega-millions they invest in players, and these innovations continue at a remarkable pace, offering hope for longer-term solutions to other chronic joint ailments such as arthritis.
Call For Help
The human foot is a strong and complex mechanical structure containing 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments, all of which interact with your lower extremities. When your feet are stressed, it can cause a domino effect of problems in your legs, hips, and back.
At Podiatry Associates PC, it doesn’t matter why your feet are hurting, we will diagnose the condition and then create a customized treatment plan to solve it for you. Call us at (303) 805-5156 for more guidance and to schedule your appointment today.
One of our friendly staff members will be happy to provide answers to your questions and help you schedule an appointment for a time and location convenient one of our four metro area offices in Aurora, Castle Pines, Cherry Creek, and Parker, CO. You can also learn about our services and arrange your visit online by filling out the form on our website any time, day or night