10 Warning Signs You Need To Visit a Foot Doctor

10 Warning Signs You Need To Visit a Foot Doctor

10 Warning Signs You Need To Visit a Foot Doctor

May 27, 2021, 1:39:27 PM Life and Styles

As our feet and ankles are emerging from hibernation as the weather warms up, they may not be yet ready for sandal season. The reality is that most people put off visiting a specialist for foot or ankle injuries because they don't know where to go for treatment. Or, believe it or not, they consider persistent foot pain to be natural.

A visit to the podiatrist is a must if you have any complications with your foot or hip, including a sports injury, arthritis/joint pain, skin conditions, and so on. A podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in the management and treatment of symptoms that occur in your ankles and feet.

It's time to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist if you're having any of the following issues or signs.

1. Loss of sensation, pain, or swelling in one foot

It's common to have sore or swollen feet from time to time (for instance, after running a 10k race or standing on your feet all day), but sudden discomfort, swelling, or loss of sensation in one foot for no obvious cause may indicate a severe condition that requires a trip to the hospital.

2. Nail fungus

With the increasing success of nail salons, the number of cases of fungal infection on toenails has risen rapidly. If you neglect the infection, your nails will thicken and discolor, and you'll risk it spreading on your other toenails.

3. Persistent heel pain

Heel pain can be brought about by several factors. To assess the precise cause and formulate a recovery plan, a podiatrist will do a check-up and take x-rays.

4. You think you’ve sprained or broken your ankle or foot

While an orthopedist might be the first choice, a leading podiatrist is far more experienced with foot and ankle injuries.

5. A reoccurring case of athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot is among the most common fungal infections, and it's usually treatable with over-the-counter creams and sprays. A podiatrist can administer a more appropriate cream or oral drug and monitor for inflammation if an athlete's foot keeps coming up.

6. You're diabetic

Foot complications like impaired blood flow, nerve injury, ulcers, and infection are much more common in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes cases. If you have diabetes, you can visit a podiatrist for an annual foot test to help avoid these potentially risky problems.

7. An ingrown toenail

Many people typically try to remove a sore ingrown toenail by themselves or get assistance from a nail salon. However, it's better (and less painful) to have it done at the doctor's office. If your nail has been infected, a podiatrist may prescribe antibiotics to numb the affected toe before removing a nail.

8. Bunions

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the outside of your big toe joint. As the bunion becomes bigger, it may lead to severe pain. An x-ray will aid in the diagnosis, and depending on the seriousness of the bunion, the podiatrist can suggest treatment choices.

9. Painful corns or calluses

These typical issues may become uncomfortable if your skin gets too dense as a result of thickened areas of dead skin. To alleviate discomfort and treat the problem, a podiatrist may either remove the hardened skin or administer a topical prescription.

10. Joint pain in the foot or ankle

The pain in your foot or ankle can be quickly handled with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like aspirin or ibuprofen. However, seeing a doctor is crucial to identify the root cause of the pain, especially if it’s persistent. A podiatrist will work with you to create a long-term recovery plan.

Published by Amelia Grant


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