Whether the pain is dull, sharp or reoccurring, when foot pain hits – you want it gone quickly. It doesn’t take long for foot pain to interfere with your life, especially the active component of it.
Walking, running, light exercise or going out to social events can become very painful if you have chronic foot problems. When foot problems begin to take their toll, it’s time to see a podiatrist and we’re here to help you make that decision at the appropriate time.
When To Schedule a Doctor’s Visit with Your Podiatrist
When foot pain on any level prevents you from living the life you typically live, it is time to see a doctor. Only you can make the decision to make an appointment and it is important that you pay close attention to any symptoms or warning signs to prevent an even bigger problem.
- Pain Walking & Life Interference: If you can’t be active and move around as you normally do, then it’s possible you have a serious injury. It could mean you have a fracture or small break that hasn’t healed properly. Problems may only get worse as time goes by, so getting an appointment as soon as possible is ideal.
- Chronic Swelling & Numbness: If you find your feet are regularly swollen and feeling tingly, there are a few things that could be seriously wrong. A broken bone, underlying infection or tendonitis are just a few of the things that could be the culprit. You’re podiatrist will want to check for nerve damage as well.
- Cracked Or Bleeding Heels: Dry heels are pretty common and are often fixed with some thick foot cream and exfoliation. However, if dryness persists, they may bleed and become prone to infection.
- Ingrown Toenails: It doesn’t take long for an ingrown toenail to go from irritating to super painful and infected. While it might be tempting to treat this condition on your own, going to a podiatrist will ensure proper treatment of the toenail. By seeking out a professional, you can be certain you’re not causing damage to your toenail or the tissue surrounding it.
- Bunions That Hurt: With bunions, it’s important to remember they are actually caused by a deformity in the foot and they don’t simply sit on top. Whether you want to or not, eventually you will have to meet with a podiatrist to discuss how to fix the problem the bunion reflects.
Don’t Ignore Your Symptoms
Putting off an appointment with a podiatrist – especially if you’re in a good amount of pain, will do nothing to serve your condition in the future. The condition of your feet will continue to deteriorate without the proper medical intervention. Since we use our feet to get where we need to go every single day, it’s vital we take good care of them.
If you’re experiencing foot pain, don’t wait until you can’t walk. Call Triangle Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (919) 851-3435 or contact us today to schedule a consultation.