When Should You See A Podiatrist?

Did you know that there is a doctor that can help you with chronic pain in your foot, ankle or knee? They are called Podiatrists. Podiatry is a branch of medicine that is devoted to the study, health, diagnosis and treatment of foot, ankle and lower leg disorders. Sometimes at home treatments like heat, ice and rest can treat your pain but when it just isn’t doing the job, it may be time to visit a Podiatrist. Here are 5 reasons:

  1. Pain: Pain in the lower leg, foot or ankle can be caused by numerous of things. Blister, bunions, heel pain, heel spurs, broken bones or wounds and swelling are some of the most common causes.
  2.  Discoloration: Feet should always be the same color. If you notice a discoloration, it could be caused by an infection, gout, problems with your veins or improper blood flow.
  3. Growths: Developing in all different shapes and sizes, growths may cause pain with unwanted side effects. Warts, blisters, bunions, corns, calluses, heel spurs and neuromas (growth of nerves) are some examples of growths.  
  4. Changes to the foot’s shape: If you notice that you have flat arches or your foot’s shape is changing, you should visit a Podiatrist. Flattened arches may indicate ruptured or dysfunctional tendons which may cause arthritis further down the road. Muscle imbalances in the foot may also cause a condition called “Hammertoe.” This condition causes your toes to curl up in a claw like position.
  5. Numbness/Burning/Tingling: If you are experiencing numbness, burning or tingling in your feet, it is important that you visit a Podiatrist as soon as possible to figure out exactly what is going on. Diabetes, for example, can cause this. The lack of feeling is called “sensory diabetic neuropathy.”

If you feel like you are experiencing any of the conditions listed above, be sure to visit us soon. When it comes to your feet, it is important to take care of them as soon as possible so the problem doesn’t persist.

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