7 signs that it`s time to see a podiatrist!

Every day at Village Podiatry Centers we see patients with foot and ankle pain. Foot pain isn’t normal – it’s a sign that something is wrong, and if something is causing you to experience pain, there is certainly a solution to be found. These are 7 signs that it`s time to see a podiatrist:

  1. Plantar Fasciitis is probably the most common cause of heel pain in adults. The plantar fascia is a thick band of fibrous connective tissue that attaches to the heel bone, runs across the bottom of the foot, and then fans out to connect at the base of each toe. Overuse of the plantar fascia, most commonly during weight-bearing athletics such as running or even extended periods of standing, can cause small, repetitive tears in the fibers that make up the fascia. Patients with plantar fasciitis typically feel a sharp pain in the heel, particularly upon rising in the morning and at the beginning of a walk or run that may fade as they warm up. The pain may also occur with prolonged standing and is sometimes accompanied by stiffness.
  2. Ingrown Toenails are a very common aliment treated by our podiatrists. Ingrown toenails may seem minor, however, if left untreated, they can quickly become painful and infected. It is never a good idea to treat ingrown toenails on your own. If an ingrown toenail occurs, we encourage patients to seek professional help from one of our highly trained podiatrists. This will reduce the risk of infection and ensure the condition is treated properly without damaging your toenail or surrounding tissue.
  3. Sores. If you have open sores on your foot or ankle see your podiatrist immediately. It is especially important if you have diabetes because it usually takes longer to heal.
  4. Discoloration could be an indication there may be a problem. Redness may point to an infection or gout. A blue or purple color may indicate a vein problem and whiteness, or paleness could mean decreased blood flow.
  5. Burning or Tingling could be a sign of neuropathy. Neuropathy can be caused by many things; however, diabetic neuropathy is the most prevalent and can mean increased risk of developing foot ulcers.
  6. Painful Swelling (Edema) in the foot is not normal and could indicate a problem. Edema can be caused by tendinitis, broken bones, or a sign of infection.
  7. Dry Cracked skin usually occurs on the heel and can be relatively easy to treat. It`s important if your skin is splitting or bleeding that you see a podiatrist immediately, especially if you have diabetes, to avoid infection or ulceration.

If you are experiencing acute injuries, such as fractures or sprains, chronic pain due to arthritis, or years of ill-fitting shoes, any one of our clinics are happy to assist. From pediatrics to geriatrics, we provide foot and ankle care for the whole family. The health of your foot is essential to your over-all well being and there is no reason to be living with foot pain!

By: Ira Kraus, DPM