International Podiatry Day is October 8. For the foot and ankle specialists in your neighborhood, this day is about educating others about the medical specialty field of podiatry. If you are wondering why it is important to have a podiatrist, start with how likely it is for someone to have a foot and ankle problem. From bunions to athlete’s foot to ingrown toenails, you may need to call on a podiatrist more often than you think.

To celebrate this day, the PediFix team has the honor of sharing some fun ways to make October 8 special. As we start the party, we can’t forget the first step: defining a podiatrist. Well, a podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine. Within their specialty, they treat the foot, ankle, and other parts of the lower leg. They can be Board Qualified or Board Certified.

Now, celebrate Podiatry Day by following these steps:

Learn why podiatry matters to your feet

Most of us will encounter a foot, ankle, or lower leg problem in our lives, so it’s never too early to think about that. If you have never visited a podiatrist, you may miss out on beneficial care for your feet and ankles. A podiatrist may also discover you have a foot condition that you did not recognize. Taking good care of your feet and ankles is part of your overall healthcare, and a podiatrist should be a member of your medical care team.

Step up with your new knowledge

Now that you know how important foot care is to your well-being, take these easy, active steps: -Schedule a pedicure at a well-respected, hygenic spa or salon. -Toss the old flip-flops, shoes, sneakers, and slippers that do not provide adequate arch support.

Look at your calendar

What’s next? Schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a seasoned podiatry patient, make sure you aren’t missing an important appointment. We like to remind people that podiatrists prioritize prevention. They want to help you put your feet in the best socks and shoes to avoid discomfort and prevent further issues. Consult with your podiatrist about custom orthotics that you may need.

Next time you visit a podiatrist, show your appreciation. We’re here to help you. Since we know foot problems are common, PediFix offers everything from arch supports to foot cream. We invite you to explore our list of best selling products and encourage you to connect with a podiatrist today.

If you have questions about how our products can support you, please call 1-800- PEDIFIX (733-4349) to learn more. Our product specialists are ready to support your needs.