We see many patients every day who wish they had taken the initiative to come to foot doctor rather than spending weeks or months dealing with the pain, discomfort, or sore of aching feet. Working directly with a foot specialist (a podiatrist) will help in an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment options.
Choosing to see a foot doctor really starts with assessing the type of pain, discomfort, or concerns you have about your feet and ankles. Also, you’ll have to evaluate if you still have the mobility you once had. Foot problems can cause leg and even back problems over time, so getting the right treatment is critical for long-term prevention and treatment of these issues.
It is recommended that you see your foot specialists often, and for several different reasons. Remember that the earlier treatment is provided, the shorter the recovery time and the lower the risk of further damage to the joint, muscle, ligament, or tendon.
Pain in the Feet or Ankles
The most common reason our patients come to us is because of chronic pain issues in the feet or ankles. This can be pain when walking, which is common with conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bunions or hammertoe, or it can be chronic, ongoing pain which seems to be present even when you are not active.
Problems and pains in the toes, ball of the foot, heel, and ankles can also be caused by fractures of the small and larger bones in the foot. These fractures may happen as the result of a slip or fall, or any type of sports injury or trauma. Some health conditions, such as osteoporosis and diabetes, may result in fractures without any type of trauma and without a lot of pain.
Swelling, Bruising or Changes
Foot problems may also have visible signs such as swelling, bruising, lumps, bumps, or changes in the structure of the feet, heel or ankle. When patients come in early for these issues, our doctors can provide immediate treatment and limit any associated or long term damage.
Diabetics or anyone with limited circulation or sensations in the feet need to be particularly careful and should continuously check their feet for any signs of infections, swelling, bruising, or changes in appearance.
Our doctors will complete a thorough examination of your foot or feet, and they will talk to you about your treatment options. In many cases, non-invasive treatment options are only possible with an early diagnosis, so don’t delay making an appointment with us if you have any concerns.