Women: In a society that emphasizes aesthetically pleasing woman’s shoe gear, it is no wonder that women have four times as many foot problems as men. High heels and pointed toed shoes are often functionally devastating shoe gear and may propagate ambulation abnormalities and the development of foot deformities, including painful bunions and hammer toes.
Children: Many congenital and developmental foot and leg disorders or abnormalities can be caught at an early age through screenings, early diagnosis and treatment.
Laborers/Work Force: (e.g. farmers, construction workers, public servants, etc.) Common occupational and traumatic foot injuries can be treated, limiting absenteeism and saving millions of dollars yearly on disability claims and on time missed from work.
Diabetics: Diabetes is a significant systemic disease that has multiple manifestations in the lower extremities. These manifestations include impairment of blood flow to the feet, decreased sensation, and impaired immune system.
The impaired blood flow is often manifest as decreased pulses and may even present as pain with exercise or rest pain. The decreased sensation is often manifest as painful neuropathy (described as burning, tingling, shooting pain, or aching) or as numbness and loss of feeling in the feet. This loss of feeling increases the risk of injury to the foot or leg.
Elderly: It is a well-known fact that the overall health and well being of the geriatric patient, both mentally and physically, is related to their ability to perform their daily activities. Podiatric medicine can help maintain the ambulatory status.