Google... it is the answer to all questions, and even has a catch phrase 'Google it.' Now, when should we 'google it' and when should we seek the advise of the professional. With regards to health my advise as a professional is to never use the oracle of google. Health is extremely specific to every individual, and although your symptoms may match that of another google warrior- you could have a completely different pathology. At undergraduate level, we are taught about 'differential diagnosis'- in very basic terms taught not to jump to conclusions. The patient may be presenting with symptoms that match one particular condition, but what else could it be? We are taught to rule out all other options with specific examinations and assessments. In an exam setting we are then questioned in detail- why the diagnosis is correct and specifically why the differential diagnosis' is not. Google- cannot perform this skill. You will match yourself to the condition you think you have, and then in equal measures panic or ignore a potential serious pathology. You may spend 6-12 months following advise from the general public situated on google, potential incorrect advise. Your condition could worsen. At all times, if concerned seek the advise of a health professional. Remember, a Podiatrist has a minimum of 3 years of academic training on the day they are qualified. If you decide to attend my foot clinic, you will benefit from 10 years post graduate experience.
Leading a healthy lifestyle, cooking from scratch whilst participating in a twice daily exercise class has become the new added pressure to the 21st century. Alongside this we are all encouraged to have a full body MOT, twice yearly dental check (don't forget the scale and polish) annual eye check, smear test. The list is endless ! Although all of these checks are for your own good it can feel a little overwhelming particularly if you have recently been diagnosed with Diabetes- and there is now another check to add to the list ! Very few things in life are free, so congratulations ! Today is your day ! Here is some FREE advise about the Diabetic foot check- and why all practitioners involved with Diabetes are crazy about its importance. The foot check- can be completed in under 5 minutes- (with a little experience, and the right equipment). But without doubt, can put you in the right direction to save your limb ! 5 minutes to save you limb... Seems a good deal right? It is non invasive and can categorise your risk of future foot related problems. As a minimum you only need to attend once per year (more often if your risk is a little higher). If you do find yourself in the unfortunate situation and categorised as high risk, this risk can be managed appropriately and in the right setting. So, unfortunately- yes, this is another test, MOT, assessment ! But it could be the single [...]
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