Many people have a tendency to ignore nagging foot pain and to disregard changes in foot function or appearance. Not paying attention to early warning signs of foot problems can put you at risk for developing more serious difficulties. Some early signs of major foot trouble to look out for include:
1) Discoloration of the toenails
The appearance of a yellowish or dark spot under a toenail may be the sign of a fungal infection. Untreated, this infection can spread to other toes, and in diabetic patients the infection may become severe enough to require amputation.
2) Heel Pain
Pain in the heel caused by coming down hard on a rock or other small, solid object will usually get better with rest. If your heel pain doesn’t subside, it may be a sign of a more serious condition developing, and you should schedule a visit with your foot doctor for a proper evaluation.
3) Big toe pain
Pain from ingrown toenails may be a sign of infection, and should not be ignored. A sudden onset of big toe pain may also be the result of gout, which is caused by uric acid crystals forming in the joint. Pain from rheumatoid arthritis also may first appear in the toe and finger joints.
4) Swelling of the feet and ankles
While some swelling can be caused by a minor sprain, tight fitting shoes, or standing on your feet all day, if it lasts for days or weeks it may be a sign of a more serious injury, or even of heart complications and kidney disease.
It’s very important not to ignore what our feet are telling us and to have a proper evaluation done by a foot specialist in order to help limit any future complications.
The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, have extensive combined experience, and are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be having with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.