When to Seek Advice from a Podiatrist

While some problems of the foot and ankle will resolve with rest, ice, and elevation, others persist and can cause long-term discomfort. Seeking the advice of a podiatrist becomes necessary when any of the following occurs.

Burning, tingling, or numbness. This could be a sign of nerve damage, which could have serious long-term effects if not treated properly.

Changes in the foot’s shape. Flattening of the foot’s arch might signal tendon problems which, untreated, could lead to joint complications such as arthritis.

Pain that increases with activity or elevation of the feet. The former might signal a stress fracture, which can progress to a serious bone break if untreated. The latter might indicate problems of blood flow.

Swelling in one foot. Generally, the feet should look the same. Irregularities in one foot that linger should trigger a visit to the podiatrist.

Sores or blisters that do not heal. The chance of infection increases as the healing process slows. Individuals with diabetes may face increased complications with foot sores.

About Robert Ramoska

Robert Ramoska is Board eligible with the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. From 1993 to 2008, Ramoska provided medical and podiatric care at a medical center in Palatine, Illinois, and earned recognition as one of the state’s most promising young professionals.

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