Now that the warmer weather is officially coming to an end, we’re putting our sandals and flip flops away and putting on thick socks and boots. With that, patients tend to start neglecting certain symptoms or signs that something is wrong with their feet.
The truth is many people do this because they either don’t understand what the symptoms mean, or they’re afraid of finding out what’s really wrong. But, there is nothing to be afraid of when seeing a Podiatrist. Our job is to help you and your feet.
Here are 10 signs that it’s time you come in and see a Podiatrist. And keep in mind that each of these signs will range in their severity.
1. Numbness, pain, or swelling in one foot
Occasionally dealing with either of these things, especially after doing strenuous physical activity like a 10k or standing all day is okay. However, you want to seek medical attention if it’s sudden and for no apparent reason.
2. Recurring heel pain
Heel pain can be caused by a variety of reasons. If you are experiencing ongoing heel pain, a Podiatrist will perform an exam, take X-rays, and determine the cause of your heel pain.
Nail fungus has become increasingly common due to the growing number of people visiting nail salons. If this is left untreated, it can cause the nails to become thick and discolored, and possibly spread to other toenails.
4. Sprained/broken ankle or foot
After spraining or breaking an ankle or foot, your first instinct is probably to see your doctor or specifically an orthopedist. However, you’ll want to visit a Podiatrist because they have more experience in treating these kinds of injuries.
5. Athletes foot
Athletes foot is one of the most common fungal infections out there, and can generally be treated with over the counter creams and sprays. But, recurring athletes foot will need to be treated by a Podiatrist with a prescription with a more effective cream and medication.
People with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes are at a much higher risk for foot problems like circulation issues, nerve damage, ulcers, and infections. Those with Diabetes should see a Podiatrist once a year for a foot exam to help prevent any of these complications.
7. Ingrown toenail
It might be tempting to remove an ingrown toenail at home or visit a nail salon, but the safest and most effective form of removal is to have it removed at your Podiatrist’s office. A Podiatrist can provide medication, and numb the area to make removal less painful.
Bunions are a bony bump that forms on the outside of the big toe joint and can get increasingly more painful as it grows larger. A Podiatrist can use X-rays to help diagnose the cause, and the treatment plan will be based on the severity of the bunion.
9. Painful corns or calluses
These are the result of thickened areas of dead skin and can become extremely painful if left untreated. A Podiatrist can remove areas of the hardened skin or prescribe a topical medication to treat them.
10. Ankle/foot joint pain
While this can be easily treated with over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, it’s important to see a Podiatrist to confirm the root of the problem to avoid long-term complications. They will be able to create a treatment plan depending on the root cause and the severity of the pain.
We can’t stress enough how important it is to take good care of your feet. Not only does it directly affect your overall health, but it can lead to more serious problems. For more tips and answers to your questions, subscribe to our blog!