Ask Your Troy Podiatrist: When Should I See a Podiatrist?

As a preferred Troy podiatrist, I see many patients on any given day of the week- however, there’s always a few who have clearly waited too long to make an appointment, resulting in enduring pain and complications.  Whiletroy podiatrist when to see a podiatrist there are some cases where you can treat foot pain at home, there are many more where you should seek the qualified help of your favorite podiatrist.  Below, I outline some of the instances when you should make an appointment to see me, your best choice in a Troy podiatrist:

1. Heel pain

Recurring and severe heel pain should always be seen by a podiatrist- the longer you wait, the more damage you could be doing to your foot and ankle. This is an area where it is very important to be sure what kind of pain is occurring and when. An x-ray will probably be taken to rule out the possibility of bone spurs, gout crystals, and other injuries.

2. Ingrown toenails

This is a condition in which the nail, either by curvature or skin growth, actually grows into the skin and creates a very painful border to a toenail. It can occur on any toenail of the foot, and can get very infected very fast so its very important to see a podiatrist if you feel like the ingrown toenail is getting worse. The toenail will probably be scrubbed with cleaning solution, and depending on the severity and pain around the nail, the podiatrist can numb up your toe to remove it. There are many different solutions that are less invasive, but it is extremely important to see a doctor if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail.

3. Open sores

Especially if you’re diabetic, an open sore that won’t heel definitely needs to be seen by the podiatrist because they can swab the sore to find out the type of bacteria, and also prescribe some antibiotics. With sores, especially on the feet, it is definitely important to catch it early and go see the doctor before it gets worse. Letting a sore or lesion go untreated can be dangerous to your overall health, and infection can travel fast in an area like the foot where people often lose sensation.

4. Numbness

Numbness is a complete loss of feeling when you touch your skin. It may feel like the part you touch does not belong to you. Tingling is a pins-and-needles feeling that occurs when your foot “falls asleep.” An occasional, slight tingling in a foot that lasts only briefly is not generally cause for concern. It is relatively common among bicyclists who ride long distances to develop numbness in the feet for a few minutes to an hour. This often occurs because of tight toe-clip straps. The problem may be prevented by loosening the straps or switching to a step-in shoe-pedal.

5. Any abnormal swelling or numbness.

Either one of those symptoms can be signs of an underlying condition that will need to be diagnosed and treated by the podiatrist. Often when you have stepped on something unknowingly, it can become infected and start to swell. Since we don’t get good looks at our feet very much, an infection can go unnoticed and get worse enough to require antibiotics. It is always a safe bet to come in to see the podiatrist to diagnose and treat a problem before it gets worse.

These are just a few helpful guidelines to help the general public know what a podiatrist treats, and some simple ways big problems with feet can be fixed. Its often the waiting to go to the doctor that causes some very treatable conditions to get worse. So if you are having any abnormal feelings concerning any kind of pain or irritation with your foot its always a good idea to go see your local podiatrist.

For further information about the effects of obesity on feet, contact Dr. Weinert’s Warren office at 586-751-3338 (FEET), or his new Troy office at 248-362-3338 (FEET). You can also visit www.FootPhysicians.com, or Dr. Weinert’s office website for more information at: www.stopfeetpainfast.com