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Why Foot Health Is So Important

Though often overlooked, foot health is a critical aspect of overall well-being. Most podiatrists, the healthcare professionals specializing in foot care, are highly skilled and provide excellent services. However, it is crucial to acknowledge that podiatric malpractice, though rare, can lead to catastrophic outcomes. In such unfortunate circumstances, an experienced podiatry malpractice attorney like Larry Karam, lead attorney of The Law Firm of Lawrence M. Karam, P.C., is indispensable in seeking justice and compensation.

How Foot Care Affects General Health

Our feet are complex structures composed of a large number of bones, muscles, and ligaments. They serve essential purposes: supporting our weight and enabling our mobility. Poor foot health can lead to debilitating conditions that can negatively impact quality of life. 

Common Foot Problems

Common issues like flat feet, high arches, or misalignments can cause a domino effect, leading to knee, hip, and back problems. Seemingly minor conditions like corns, calluses or athlete’s foot can make our ordinary activities painful. Therefore, maintaining foot health is not just about comfort but also about preventing broader health issues.

How to Keep Your Feet Healthy With Home Care

There are many ways we can help you can help your feet remain healthy, such as:

  • Having a daily hygiene regimen that includes not only keeping your feet clean, but dry, since moisture between toes can lead to fungal infections like athlete’s foot.
  • Cutting your toenails properly (cutting straight across without cutting too short or rounding the corners). 
  • Dealing with dry, cracked soles and heels by moisturizing both regions since cracks and sore can become entry points for infection.
  • Checking your feet for signs of any abnormalities and seeing a podiatrist when necessary.

Services Podiatrists Provide

Podiatrists diagnose and treat a wide range of foot problems, including:

  • Congenital foot problems and deformities
  • Skin, nail, and bone diseases of the foot  
  • Corns, cysts, plantar warts, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis
  • Tumors and ulcers of the foot (common in patients with diabetes)
  • Conditions that may require surgery, e.g. arch problems, heel spurs, bunions, hammertoes

In addition, podiatrists make flexible casts to hold foot and ankle injuries like sprains or fractures steady, construct personalized orthotics, talk with patients about preventive foot care, and refer

patients to other doctors when they feel that symptoms of the foot are related to different disorders in other body systems

Problems Negligent Podiatrists May Cause or Exacerbate

Negligent podiatric care can lead to severe complications. Improperly performed surgeries can result in chronic pain, infections, or even worsened deformities. Misdiagnosis or delayed treatment can escalate simple issues into serious health problems or worsen the prognosis of cancer patients. It’s vital to recognize the signs of malpractice and seek legal advice if you suspect negligence.

How Larry Karam Can Help

In cases of podiatric malpractice, Larry Karam provides outstanding legal representation. With a deep understanding of the complexities of podiatric care and New York malpractice law, Larry can guide you through the legal process. He offers compassionate, determined advocacy that will provide you with the best possible outcome.

The Takeaway

While most podiatrists are skilled and committed to providing their patients with superior foot care, it’s vital to be aware of the potential for malpractice and to know where to turn for help. If you have suffered harm due to podiatric negligence, The Law Firm of Lawrence M. Karam will set things right. Contact us now for a free evaluation of your case.

About the Author
Of all the different areas in medical malpractice, it is podiatry malpractice that has had a particular interest to me. With 42 years practicing law and representing hundreds of victims of malpractice, I have created a law practice in which my clients are comfortable knowing that their case is being handled with my personal attention, in the most professional manner, and without unreasonable delays.