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When Should I See a Podiatrist?

At one time or another, you may have experienced aching feet, the occasional blister, or even a stubbed toe. However, with some foot issues, it is not always clear when to see a doctor. And many of us tend to ignore foot pain. But when you think about it, our feet are pretty darn important.

Often times we do not give our feet the attention they deserve. They support us all day long! If you have pain or other problems with your feet, it could affect your mobility and even impact the quality of your life.

If your feet are aching after a long hard day, and recover quickly after giving them a rest, it is probably not necessary to see a doctor. However, waiting too long to address foot injuries and problems could exacerbate the problem. Pain, swelling or, other changes to your feet could be an indication of a more serious problem elsewhere in the body.

When should you take action?

It is best to address foot issues before they become emergencies. Time can be of the essence, as something that could have been easily fixed can become a much bigger concern. It is always best to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist at the onset of foot problems.

5 signs you should see a doctor

  1. You think you may have sprained or broken your ankle or foot. Your first instinct may be to visit the emergency room or an orthopedist, however, a podiatrist has more experience treating foot and ankle injuries.

  2. Numbness, pain, or swelling in one or both feet. Occasionally suffering from sore or swollen feet is normal, especially if you have been on your feet all day or just ran a 10K or a half-marathon. But sudden, unexpected pain, swelling or numbness can be a sign of a more serious problem and requires a trip to the doctor.

  3. Continuous heel pain. Heel pain can be caused by a variety of issues. A podiatrist will perform an exam and take x-rays to determine the root cause of the problem and develop a treatment plan.

  4. You have diabetes. If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes you are at a much higher risk for foot problems like poor circulation, nerve damage, ulcers, and infection. If you are a diabetic, you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist annually for a foot exam to help prevent these potentially dangerous problems.

  5. Joint pain in your foot or ankle. Even if easily treated with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, it’s important to see a doctor, especially if the pain persists. A podiatrist can determine the root cause of the pain. The doctor can work with you to determine a long-term treatment plan.

The problem with self-diagnosis

In this current age of technology, where you can google just about anything, it can be tempting to turn to a search engine for a diagnosis. You may even find an appropriate treatment for a problem. But, since many conditions of the foot can have similar symptoms it is better to seek the advice of a professional.

Booking an appointment

In difficult times, when there are so many seemingly more pressing worries, you may be tempted to ignore a problem with your feet. Sometimes we think the problem will simply go away, or assume treatment can be sought at a later time. However, as foot problems often worsen when ignored, and can be a sign of a more serious issue, it is important to take appropriate action and schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Specialists of Clifton, our objectives are to use the most modern technology to keep your foot and ankle in motion. We are focused on patient care and pain-free outcomes. To get started, you can call our office and request an appointment, 973.365.2208, or you can book an appointment online.

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