MD Podiatrist Sees Rise in Foot Health Issues from Neglect During Pandemic

One of the most important things we can do is focus on the health of our feet. While we often think about heart health and teeth care, Dan Michaels, DPM says people have been neglecting their foot health during this pandemic. He has seen an increase in patients who have foot-related medical issues.
“There’s no doubt there’s been a lot of people who have prolonged foot care, whether it be diabetic wounds or ingrown toenails,” says Dr. Michaels. Dr. Michaels says he’s been noticing an uptick in all age groups coming to see him for some type of treatment directly related to having delayed care. For older patients, reasons include medical conditions such as diabetes and the development of ulcers or wounds. For younger patients, he’s seeing a steady stream of trauma-related injuries. Many middle-aged patients are coming in for help because of stress fractures.