10 Dec 6 Signs you should see a Podiatrist
A podiatrist is doctor who specializes in diagnosis, treatment and management of issues related to the feet and ankles. They possess an in-depth understanding about the mechanics of the foot and have undergone intensive training to help you keep your feet and ankles healthy and pain-free.
Many people have no idea about the right time to see a podiatrist or foot doctor. While you should have an annual checkup, here are six common signs that it is time to make an appointment with your foot doctor immediately.
- You are experiencing continuous and/or persistent heel pain. Heel pain can be the result of a wide range of foot injuries and conditions. Your foot doctor can physically examine your feet and ankles as well as order X-rays to diagnose the root cause of your pain. Once that is done, they can develop a customized treatment plan in order to relieve the pain, treat the underlying cause and help you get back on your feet quickly.
- You have a fungal toenail infection. If your toenails have fungal infection and they are left untreated, it can lead to thickening and discoloration of the toenails, and the infection may even spread to other toenails. Your podiatrist can prescribe the right topical or antifungal medication as well as give you the appropriate foot hygiene tips to ensure you can get back to healthy feet.
- You have Athlete’s Foot. If you keep getting the Athlete Foot infection, your foot doctor or podiatrist can prescribe foot creams or oral medications that are more effective, compared to over-the-counter ones, preventing more severe infection.
- You have diabetes. People suffering from type 1 and type 2 diabetes are at a higher risk of developing foot problems, such as ulcers and infections, in addition to poor circulation. If you are diabetic, you must visit your foot doctor at least once a year to prevent any dangerous foot problems.
- You have an ingrown toenail. If you have a painful ingrown toenail, it is safest to have it removed at your podiatrist’s office. They can prescribe medication in case the nail gets infected and remove the affected toenail, if required, without any discomfort.
- You have painful bunions. Bunions are bony bumps that may develop on the outside of the big toe joint. As it grows, it may become more painful and uncomfortable. Your podiatrist can diagnose the cause of your bunions and recommend the right treatment options.