I think I have an ingrown toenail. Should I see my doctor or a podiatrist?
If your toe is inflamed and infected it is advisable to see your GP to start a course of antibiotics. That way, when you visit your podiatrist, they will be able to remove the offending piece of the nail with less discomfort and continue care and/or maintenance until the nail has re-grown.
How old do you have to be to see a podiatrist?
Generally, if you have concerns about your children's feet, and they are walking, then your podiatrist can perform a thorough examination of gait and walking. If there is a familial history of foot problems present in children under 12 months, seeking advice earlier than later is preferable.
What are orthotics?
Podiatrists prescribe (and some construct) foot orthotics. These are specially designed devices that are worn inside the shoe to control abnormal foot function and/or accommodate painful areas of the foot. Properly designed foot orthotics may compensate for impaired foot function by controlling abnormal motion across the joints of the foot.
Orthotics that are prescribed by the podiatrist and custom made for your feet should not be confused with over the counter arch supports. These may help the occasional patient with minor arch discomfort, but they frequently fail because they do not properly control foot function and/or do not properly fit the patient's feet.