Don’t ignore foot pain or discomfort. Your feet support your entire weight and are subjected to that pounding and punishment over a lifetime, but people often don’t take foot and ankle injuries seriously and fail to seek treatment until more damage has been done. Many problems that occur with the feet and ankles respond better to conservative treatments when they are brought to the attention of your foot doctor in the early stages.
Foot problems can also be harbingers of a more serious overall health condition, so if you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your feet, it is best not to ignore it and hopefully avoid future and more serious complications.
Some of the major reasons to see a foot care professional include:
- Continuing pain and discomfort—If pain and inflammation do not subside after several days of rest, icing, elevation, and anti-inflammatory medication, it’s best to have it checked out.
- Nail color and texture change—Yellowing of the toenails may be indicative of a fungal infection. Your nails may also become thicker and more brittle and have an off smell.
- Presence of bunions and hammertoes—These and other toe deformities should be treated when first noticed since they can progress to conditions requiring surgery.
- Loss of sensation—This often occurs as one of the first signs of diabetes. The peripheral nerves can become damaged causing your feet to feel numb. Patients with diabetes should make regular visits to their podiatrist due to all the complications that can arise.
The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing 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.